What’s happening at A Simple Tweak household? Well, this delicious Carne Asada, that’s what! This “Carne Asada” grilled beef is juicy and tender. This marinated flank steak is full of authentic Mexican flavors. It is made with a combination of garlic, salt, pepper, soy sauce, mustard, beer, and chipotle peppers. All of these ingredients are what makes this Carne Asada unbelievably flavorful.
What does carne asada mean?
Carne Asada translated simply means “grilled meat” and it’s usually cooked on an outdoor or indoor grill. Latin America is well known for a variety of ways of making their grilled beef recipes. One of the Latin American countries that I admire is Mexico, especially the way they season and cook their meat. Though there are many versions of making Carne Asada, I wanted to show you what I believe is the most impressive version which is the Mexican inspired Carne Asada.
How to eat Carne Asada:
What I love about making Carne Asada are the many ways I can eat this juicy and tender piece of meat. Carne Asada is great for wraps, burritos or even as a main course with rice and beans as costumes in the Dominican Republic. You can also cut open and toast an Italian bread and add some slices of this grilled beef, add some lettuce, tomatoes, and hot sauce. I suggest cutting the meat into thin slices. This is how my husband likes to eat the leftovers when we make Carne Asada. You can even top the Carne Asada with my delicious Pico de Gallo or with some Chimichurri Sauce.
What type of cut should I use to make Carne Asada:
When choosing a cut of meat to make Carne Asada it’s important to look for cuts with a lot of flavors. For this carne asada recipe, I used flank steak. This type of cut tends to be a little tough hence why the marinade is key. This marinade is made using soy sauce and beer which are ingredients that work great on tenderizing the meat. I also have to mention flank steak is one of the cheapest cuts so it will not hurt your pocket! You can use other types of cuts like skirt steak, tenderloin, or sirloin.
The flank steak is marinated and grilled to perfection. There is one specific ingredient in this recipe that I believe makes this Carne Asada taste incredible; the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. These are dried and smoked jalapeno peppers simmered in tomato sauce. I added one of these peppers and it was not spicy, but if you want to increase the heat add more then one. This marinade is certainly my favorite.
How to make the marinade:
To make the marinade you’ll need garlic, salt, black pepper, mustard, chipotle peppers, olive oil, soy sauce, and your favorite beer.
The first step is to combine the garlic, salt, pepper, and chipotle peppers. If you had read some of my other recipes, you’ll notice that one important tool in my kitchen is a mortar and pestle. I have an obsession with this kitchen tool, the reason for this is that it is a tool that keeps me connected with my Latin roots. No worries, If you don’t have one in your kitchen you can use a food processor or even a blender.
The second step after you make the garlic paste is to combine this one with the rest of the ingredients. Of course, if you are using a blender or food processor this step is not necessary.
The next step is to place the meat into the marinade, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
* Make sure to take the meat out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling
How to grill the flank steak:
No matter if you are using an outdoor or indoor grill, It is important to preheat the grill to medium-high temperature. In this recipe, I decided to use an indoor grill. The first step is to remove the meat from the marinade and tap dry with a paper towel. Then, place the meat on the grill
Cook each side of the steak for about 3 to 5 minutes and then place it on a cutting board to rest for at least 10 to 20 minutes.
Make sure to cut the meat against the grain with a good sharp knife. A good knife is an essential tool to achieve that.
I will be making this Carne Asada for labor day. I encourage you to try this recipe out at your next BBQ, family gathering and impress them with this recipe
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Unbelievably Flavorful “Carne Asada” Grilled Beef Full of Authentic Mexican Flavors.
- 1/1/2 pounds flank or skirt steak
- 2 to 3 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon salt (I use Kosher salt)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce (light in sodium)
- 1 chipotle pepper ( in adobo sauce)
- ½ teaspoon mustard
- ½ cup beer (use your favorite beer)
How to make the marinade:
- The first step is to combine the garlic, salt, pepper, and chipotle peppers. You can use a food processor or even a blender.
- The second step after you make the garlic paste is to combine this one with the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl or even a resealable bag.
- The next step is to place the meat into the marinade, cover and pop it in the refrigerate for at least an hour.
How to grill the flank steak:
- No matter if you are using an outdoor or indoor grill, It is important to preheat the grill to medium-high temperature.
- The first step is to remove the meat from the marinade and tap dry with a paper towel. Then, place the meat on the grill
- Cook each side of the steak for about 3 to 5 minutes and then place it on a cutting board to rest for at least 10 to 20 minutes before cutting into it.
- Take the meat out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling
- Make sure to cut the meat against the grain with a good sharp knife.
*Nutritional Disclaimer: Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate
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