Our Delicious and easy carne asada recipe can be grilled outside or cooked on the stove top for carne asada tacos or burritos. The flavors are perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebrations!

Carne Asada Recipe - Mexican Beef for Tacos, Burritos and more on Cinco de Mayo on a plate

Easy Carne Asada Recipe

This Carne Asada recipe is a Latin American grilled beef dish that’s usually sliced and served in tacos, burritos or salads. We absolutely love Mexican carne asada on tacos and when we’re out looking for street tacos to eat, carne asada is on the top of our list. This carne asada recipe has a fantastic and flavorful marinade that produces a juicy, tender and delicious cut of beef that everyone loves. It’s not intimidating at all to make carne asada because it’s super easy to make. This is an absolutely delicious carne asada recipe that can be made on the grill or on the stove top!

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Carne Asada Recipe - Mexican Beef for Tacos, Burritos and more on Cinco de Mayo on a cutting board
Carne Asada Recipe - Mexican Beef for Tacos, Burritos and more on Cinco de Mayo on a plate

Best Beef for Carne Asada?

  • We love skirt, flap or flank steak because not only is it an inexpensive cut of beef, it’s super tender when sliced thin.
  • Of course, you can use other cuts of steak too if you want like rib eye, new york steak or thin london broil steaks. Jus make sure to slice the meat thin for the tacos.
  •  Our marinade is flavorful and it’s best to marinate the beef for a few hours to let all the great flavors from the garlic and spices soak into the meat.
  • You can marinate the whole steaks (easier for grilling) or pre-slice them and marinated the slices (easier to cook in a skillet). Don’t forget to grill this carne asada recipe  it to a nice caramelized char! Cook it hot, cook it quick! That adds to the great flavor and each bite will wow everyone in your party. But hey, just don’t limit yourself to beer when you’re eating carne asada.  Margaritas are awesome too! Enjoy! More Beef Recipes and More Appetizer Party Recipes.

Carne Asada Recipe - Mexican Beef for Tacos, Burritos and more on Cinco de Mayo on a plate


 Favorite BBQs & Tools:

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The Ultimate BBQ Tongs
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Oasity BBQ Light
Grilling should never be confined to the daylight. Love this BBQ light. Good brightness, solid magnets plus clamp option. We’ve gone through 1/2 dozen different grilling lights before falling in love with this one. Be ready to grill all night long.

Oklahoma Joe’s Reverse Flow Offset Smoker –
Love this offset smoker. Solid construction. Isn’t perfect, but with a couple easy modifications it will smoke as well as the $1k + smokers. Can use the main chamber also as a regular charcoal grill. Love using it as a regular grill using lump charcoal or briquettes. Huge cooking surface.
Charbroil 4-burner Gas Grill –
One of the best for the money. Solid gas grill! Nothing like the quick convenience of a good gas grill.
Grill Baskets
Some days we just need to keep the little things contained on the grill. Throw them all into a basket and grill from there. Easy-peasy.
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Grilled Beef Carne Asada

This popular Latin American grilled and sliced beef dish is fantastic in a salad, taco, tortilla or served with rice/beans. What ever you serve it with, it’s delicious and easy.
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  • 1 pound (455 g) Beef Flank Flap or Skirt Steak, or other preferred steak (whole or pre-sliced 1/2-inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) Olive Oil
  • 1/2 small Onion , diced
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped Cilantro
  • 3 cloves Garlic , minced
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) White Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) Kosher Salt or Sea Salt , or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) ground Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) Chili Powder
  • fresh cracked Black Pepper , to taste


  • Combine all marinade ingredients in a large bowl (oil, onion, cilantro, garlic, vinegar, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, salt, cumin, paprika, chili powder, and pepper). Add steak to the marinade, turning the beef to make sure it is completely coated.
    Marinate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
  • If cooking on a grill, pre-heat the grill on medium-high to high (depending on your grill's heat). Make sure to scrape the grill clean and smooth, it will help reduce chances of the meat sticking to the grill when cooking.
  • Remove the steak from the marinade and cook over medium-high heat for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until your preferred doneness (if you are comfortable cooking on high heat, go for it since it does helps create a nice char-just be careful, the beef can cook a bit too quickly if you aren't on top of it!). The beef can be cooked in a skillet or on the grill - a skillet may be preferable if using slices rather than the whole steaks.
  • After cooking, allow meat to rest for about 5 minutes. If using whole steaks, slice 1/2-inch thick and serve on rice, in tortillas, or in a tortas (sandwiches).


  • tortillas or tortilla chips
  • rice and beans
  • shaved cabbage, avocado and radish slices
  • sour cream
  • cheese
  • salsas
  • hot sauces

Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 292kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 68mg, Sodium: 689mg, Potassium: 442mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 265IU, Vitamin C: 3.3mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 2.3mg

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This carne asada recipe was originally published in 2017 and re-published in 2018 with an updated video showing the meat cooked on the grill!