Steak doesn’t get any better than a perfectly marinated and grilled Carne Asada. Our version of the Baja Mexican classic is not only authentic and delicious, it’s nearly mess-free thanks to our easy marinating hack.

See?! Not only does massaging the marinade into the steak become so much easier and less messy when you simply mix it all up in a resealable zip-top bag, we’re making the marinade right inside the bag. Essentially, just throw all the ingredients into a bag, and you’re set!

Carne Asada
Prep: 10 Mins | Total: 25 Mins
Serves: 4-6 servings
Difficulty: Easy
2 Pounds Flank, Hanger, or Skirt Steak, trimmed
2 Tablespoons Lime juice (Juice of 2 limes)
1/2 Cup Orange Juice (Juice of 1 to 2 small oranges)
4 to 6 cloves Garlic, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
1 Jalapeno, minced
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
1 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
To Taste Kosher Salt
To Taste Ground Black Pepper
Place the steak in a gallon-sized resealable bag. Add the lime juice, orange juice, garlic, jalapeño, olive oil, chili powder, white vinegar, cilantro, salt, and ground black pepper. Remove any excess air before tightly sealing the bag.
Gently massage the steak in the marinade to coat. Allow the steak to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or up to overnight.
Remove steak from resealable bag and discard the excess marinade. Heat a grill or grill pan on high. Once grill is hot, cook steak until done to your liking. After cooking, allow steak to rest 5-10 minutes before slicing against the grain. Serve warm
Chef Tips
You can make the marinade by placing all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulsing together until homogenous.
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Our marinade packs a lot of Southwestern-inspired flavor using the simplest ingredients: lime juice, orange juice, jalapeño pepper, chili powder, salt and pepper, and cilantro. If you’re one of those people who can’t stand cilantro, though, no worries; just leave it out!

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Less worried about mess and more put-off by having to chop and mince the ingredients for the marinade? Just blend everything together in the blender to make it.

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Keep your Carne Asada experience authentic by slicing the steak super thin and serving it up in tacos or a burrito, or just enjoy it straight-up with rice and beans on the side.

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