Monday, April 16, 2012

Carne Asada Marinade: Secret Recipe Club

My grocery list usually consists of a long list of items that almost never include meat. I typically wait until I have an opportunity to go out to eat to dine on a meat dish. This month, as part of the Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned the fabulous blog This Mama Cooks! Of course, as usual, upon receiving my assignment I immediately scoured the assignment site for ideas. I noticed that Anne-Marie, the lovely author behind This Mama Cooks!, has a recipe for Carne Asada Marinade that she touted as the best ever. I was intrigued and wanted to give it a try.

I am pleased to report that her recipe rocks! It’s easy to put together and filled with ingredients you most likely have in your pantry. There are also various ways to cook it which makes it easily adaptable to your tastes. I used the marinade on a piece of flank steak. My butcher told me it would also taste great on hanger steak or skirt steak.

Head over to This Mama Cooks! and check out the rest of her recipes. Anne-Marie specializes in sharing healthy recipes and lifestyle tips for busy moms and their families. You will definitely find something that you will love and feel good about serving to your family.

Carne Asada Marinade: Secret Recipe Club

With several different ways to prepare this dish along with a list of ingredients you'll find in your pantry, this recipe is easy to put together and easy to execute.


1/4 cup olive oil

1 cup malt vingegar

1/3 cup lime juice or lemon juice

1/3 cup orange juice

1 cup water

2 tablespoons peeled fresh garlic, minced

1 tablespoon white pepper

1 1/2 tablespoons salt

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon Mexican oregano

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 orange, sliced

1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to combine.

Place meat in gallon sized freezer bag, in the bottom of a shallow baking dish, or a non-reactive (plastic or glass) storage container with a lid.

Pour carne asada marinade on top of meat, cover dish or close bag, and marinate overnight up to 48 hours in the refrigerator.

Grilling the marinated carne asada:

Take meat out of container and grill until just cooked through. (Rare to medium rare.) Cut cooked meat into strips.

Place meat and favorite toppings (salsa, cheese, guacamole, avocado slices, tomatoes, shredded cabbage, grilled sweet peppers, etc.) in a tortilla to make into tacos or burritos. You can also serve meat over rice for a carne asada bowl.

Slow cooking the marinated carne asada:

After marinating for one or two days, place meat and marinade in a slow cooker.

Slow cook for 10 to 12 hours on low.

Meat should be extra tender and can be shredded with a fork.

Place meat and favorite toppings (salsa, cheese, guacamole, avocado slices, tomatoes, shredded cabbage, grilled sweet peppers, etc.) in a tortilla to make into tacos or burritos. You can also serve meat over rice for a carne asada bowl.

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16 Responses to “Carne Asada Marinade: Secret Recipe Club”

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    dan — April 16, 2012 @ 12:24 PM

    Wow, that sounds like an amazing marinade. I’m just ramping up grilling season and this is the kind of inspiration I need.

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    colleen — April 16, 2012 @ 1:06 PM

    That is a perfect marinade! I have some beef in the fridge now–I think it would enjoy a nice bath in these flavors before getting in my belly.

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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — April 16, 2012 @ 3:33 PM

    Anything on a tortilla is my favorite! This meat sounds great!

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    Corina — April 16, 2012 @ 3:42 PM

    What a fantastic marinade and it’s great that you’ve given different options for how to then cook the meat.

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    Miz Helen — April 16, 2012 @ 5:08 PM

    We just love Carne Asada and this is a great Marinade. It is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
    Miz Helen

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    Alli — April 16, 2012 @ 5:51 PM

    I love your blog and your soup was just delicious. So comforting yet, healthy. Perfect for my spring cold. I am excited for grill season and you managed to photograph meat and make it look appetizing.

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    angie — April 16, 2012 @ 6:45 PM

    this looks yummy. I will have to make this soon!

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    Kim - Liv Life — April 16, 2012 @ 9:22 PM

    Absolutely fantastic!! My husband adores asada, but I’ve yet to find one that I make that he likes. This looks like it might do it though… love the flavors and that malt is an interesting touch. This one is high on my list of summer to tries!!! Awesome!

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    Betsy — April 16, 2012 @ 9:28 PM

    We eat lots of carne asada in this house, but I’ve always bought it pre-marinaded at the store for fear that my own marinade wouldn’t be quite right. I love that I have your vote of approval on this one and will have to give it a try! I’m stopping by from SRC but be sure to stop by Seasonal Potluck this month. We have peas AND rhubarb link parties open! We’d love if you’d share any recipes you may have

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    Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! On a Diet — April 16, 2012 @ 10:59 PM

    Thanks for featuring my blog! And all the credit should go to my husband for finding this perfect carne asada recipe on the Internet. (There are several versions out there so I don’t know who originally had it.)

    Needless to say, this is the only carne marinade we use. (Except for the premade packets of carne asada that we get at Costco to cook up on camping trips. It’s pretty darn good, too.)

    And yes, your butcher is right, skirt steak is the most traditional and since it’s thin, it’s perfect for carne asada burritos and tacos.

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    heather — April 17, 2012 @ 12:08 AM

    you know, I’ve never tried making carne asada before, as we just get it at the local restaurant instead :) I like the idea of using this marinade with meat in the slow cooker too..

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    Angie @ Big Bear's Wife — April 18, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

    Absolutely Wonderful!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 18, 2012 @ 3:45 PM

    Mmm, carne asada. Mmm, tacos. You know the way to this girl’s heart. The marinade sounds very flavorful. Thanks for sharing.

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    kita — April 20, 2012 @ 10:51 PM

    We are gluttons… and very much so meat eaters (working on it!) so I am always looking for new ways to spice things up. This marinade looks beautiful and sounds like it has perfect flavors. With Cinco de Mayo coming this may be on the menu for us soon!

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    Magic of Spice — April 22, 2012 @ 3:03 PM

    Great marinade…my kids adore carne asada!

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    beti — April 22, 2012 @ 9:09 PM

    what a lovely marinade! I am really a meat lover and I can’t wait to try it

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