This marinade and meat is very fast and easy to make. It can be made ahead and kept in the freezer in a Ziploc, ready to take out and throw on the grill, or cooked up right away. It is very versatile and packed with flavor. I love it in tacos, burrito bowls and burritos. While Carne Asada literally means “grilled meat” I often cook it in a cast iron skillet on my stove. Especially when it’s too cold outside to grill.

Have you seen this thinly sliced steak at your Costco?

I LOVE that my Costco had started selling this thinly sliced NY steak. I used to have to go to a butcher to request this. This kind of thinly slice beef is also commonly found packaged like this in Asian and Hispanic grocery stores around America. Other than Carne Asada I also use this kind of cut for

Before you begin mix up a blend of our Asada Seasoning. The recipe is in the notes, and also attached to this post separately if you scroll down.

Asada seasoning blend.

Begin by juicing the orange and lemon. Add the Asada seasoning. Then chopped cilantro, garlic, oil and vinegar. Gently stir to combine.

Lay the beef in individual strips into the juice blends, trying not to let the beef strips stick together. Submerge it all as best as you are able.

Next, you can lay the strips out onto a hot skillet surface on a grill or use grill mats. Or use a hot cast iron skillet on a stove top.

I spoon some of the marinade into the skillet to let the beef cook in it. The citrus juices cook off and into the beef. It smells and tastes so good!

Next take the cooked meat out and put it onto a cutting board. Roughly chop it up.

Warm up the flour or corn tortillas. I use a small skillet with a very small amount of hot oil. Let the tortilla crisp and warm up on both sides, using tongs to carefully turn over. Stack on a plate layered with paper towels.

Fill with the meat and all your favorite toppings.

Carne Asada

Flavorful, tender beef that is delicious in a taco, in burrito or rice bowl.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 12 Tacos


  • 2 lbs shaved or thinly sliced beef steak
  • 2 Tbsp Asada seasoning blend see notes and recipe for blend
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • ½-1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup oil canola or olive

For Serving

  • 12-15 small tortillas, corn or flour warmed, I prefer to crisp slightly in hot oil.
  • Pico de gallo or good salsa
  • queso fresco or cojito cheese
  • avocado
  • cilantro
  • fresh limes


  • Juice the orange and lemon. Add in the chopped cilantro and Asada seasoning blend.
  • Next add in the garlic, oil and vinegar. Gently stir.
  • Lay in the thin slices of beef, one at a time, so they get coated and not stick together.
  • Let the meat sit for a few minutes. I like to start to get the topping ready. Warm the tortillas, chop the avocados, crumble the cheese etc.
  • Cook the beef single layer on a grill mat on the grill. OR in a cast iron skillet with a little tiny bit of oil drizzled in the hot skillet first. Remember there is already oil on the beef. You don't need much. I cook it all together, and not in a single layer. I add some of the marinade. The juices cook off and into the meat leaving a lovely citrus smell and flavor.
  • Remove the cooked meat to a cutting board. Roughly chop it up.
  • This meat is delicious in tacos, burritos and Mexican rice bowls.


Asada Seasoning blend – 3 Tablespoons Kosher salt, 1 Tablespoon ground black pepper, 3 Tablespoons chili powder, 4 Tablespoons garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 
Store in a small jar. 
Keyword homemade takeout, mexican, taco tuesday, texmex

Asada Seasoning Blend

Seasoning blend used for Carne Asada marinade.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Cuisine American, Mexican


  • 3 Tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 4 Tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne


  • Blend all ingredients together. Store in an airtight container or seasoning jar.
Keyword mexican, Seasoning