By Nadia Hassani
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What is Carne Asada? What Kind of Meat is Carne Asada?

Carne asada, which in English means "grilled meat," is beef. For this Mexican dish, one-inch-thick steaks are marinated in lime juice and seasonings, grilled, and then cut into thin strips. Many different beef cuts can be used: tenderloin, strip streak (New York steak), skirt steak, flank steak, rib steak, or sirloin flap steak.

Carne asada is either served as a main course typically with rice and beans, or used as a filling for tacos or burritos.

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What is Carne Asada Seasoning?

It's a dry rub that usually contains salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, onion and garlic powder, chili powder, and (smoked) paprika. Carne asada seasoning is added to the meat together with lime juice and other flavorings and left to marinate for several hours to overnight. You find premixed carne asada seasoning in the aisle with spices and condiments, or you can make your own.

What is the Difference Between Carne Asada and Carne Guisada?

Both are made with beef, but the resemblance ends here. They differ in the type of meat, the cooking method, and preparation time. Carne guisada is a beef stew made from beef chuck or round that is slowly cooked at low heat until tender. Like all stews, it is a great dish to make in the slow cooker.

What are Carne Asada Fries?

It's a southern Californian invention that consists of carne asada with French fries, topped with melted cheesed and served with guacamole and sour cream.

Fresh citrus juices are whisked together with olive oil, chipotle peppers, spices, and fresh chopped cilantro. "I've tried many marinade recipes for carne asada, and this is our family favorite!" says Lisa Arlotti. See how it's done!

Some Favorite Carne Asada Recipes

"I have used this recipe for a number of years, and most often marinate enough steak for a few meals," says judy2304. "After the marinade time, the steak can be frozen in meal-sized portions for quick meals later. The flavor of this carne asada is much better, and the meat much more tender, than any I have had in Mexican restaurants. If cut in strips, this meat also works very well for fajitas. Serve with tortillas, Mexican rice, and beans."

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"This is a great recipe for authentic Mexican taqueria style carne asada tacos (beef tacos)," says STANICKS. "These are served on the soft corn tortillas, unlike the American version of tacos."

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"This recipe takes time but is pretty easy to put together and serve," says Joey Joan. "A dish full of flavor, color, and texture and as close to Mexican as I know how to get. I served this family-style, letting everyone choose their own toppings of Greek yogurt, chipotle sauce, and guacamole. Refried beans and a fresh-from-the-garden tossed salad makes this one delicious and complete meal."

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These Mexican-inspired sandwiches are spread with chipotle mayonnaise, filled with seasoned beef and melted cheese, and topped with avocado, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro.

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"A wonderful way to change up ordinary breakfast burrito by taking it to a new level," says CoOkInGnUt.

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"This versatile dish with chunks of grilled carne asada is served with a spicy diced tomato-onion blend, shredded cheese guacamole, cilantro, shredded cheese, and a fried egg over a base of steak fries," says bd.weld.

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