I've tried many marinade recipes for carne asada, and this is our family favorite!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 day
total:
1 day
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 1/2 cups marinade
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the orange, lemon, and lime juice in a large glass or ceramic bowl along with the garlic, soy sauce, chipotle pepper, chili power, ground cumin, paprika, dried oregano, black pepper, and cilantro. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until marinade is well combined. Remove one cup of the marinade and place in a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for use after the meat is cooked.

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  • Place the flank steak between two sheets of heavy plastic (resealable freezer bags work well) on a solid, level surface. Firmly pound the steak with the smooth side of a meat mallet to a thickness of 1/4 inch. After pounding, poke steak all over with a fork. Add the meat to the marinade in the large bowl, cover, and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

  • Remove the steak from the marinade and grill to desired doneness, about 5 minutes per side for medium rare. Discard used marinade. Remove meat from heat and slice across the grain.

  • Pour the one cup of reserved, unused marinade over the hot meat and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

207 calories; protein 15g 30% DV; carbohydrates 5.7g 2% DV; fat 14g 22% DV; cholesterol 25.3mg 8% DV; sodium 640.4mg 26% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2009
this was fabulous. I did it it in the crock pot and the meat was like butter!! delicious!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/16/2010
This was okay it was very citrusy. I wished more of the spice flavors came through. Read More
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  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2009
this was fabulous. I did it it in the crock pot and the meat was like butter!! delicious!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2009
Ok, so initially (upon first bite) I was taken aback by the overpowering citrus flavor. As I continued to eat, it got better. I don't recommend this as a piece of meat by itself, but rather, shredded or chopped for tacos or burritos. You talk about a SUPERB taco meat?!?!?!?!!!! OUTSTANDING!!!!!! It made enough that I have a sigificant amount left for freezing to be used for tacos again down the road. Thanks for this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2009
Thanks Lisa for sumitting this recipe.The meat came out juicy, flavouful and tender,this marinade is very similar to what they use at carnicerias (mex. butcher's shop).The only changes i made was to omitt the soy sauce and I also added chopped green onios to the marinade,very good will use many times. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2012
This was my first time making carne asada for the whole family and I have to say it came out delicious. It came out so good that I have now become in charge of the meat for future gatherings. I call it my secret recipe. Little do they know I got it from All recipes. YUMMY! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2010
This is the best beef marinade that our family has ever had. We live in California so I must say that we are extreemly fortunate to have most of the citrus available all of the time. The taste is fresh,tangy and full of flavor but not overpowering. I usually have two bags going at a time with beef and marinade. We cook one overstuffed bag, so that we have dinner one night and leftovers for tacos and salad the next day. the second bag can sit for a few more days "marinading" until we are ready to BBQ again. I was thinking about freezing a ziplock full of steak and marinade, it should come out. I will update. Also, the frist time I tried this I used London Broil ( on sale), and tonight we used top sirloin because it was on sale. Every cut of meat has worked beautifully. I do tenderize the meat with a "Cabela" meat plunging tenderizer, but a stiff fork would do the trick. My thanks to Lisa for sharing. Continuation here, the beef that I froze in the marinade, and later grilled,came out perfect- great for a last minute meal. I have also used chicken and pork with the same exceptional results-my children and friends RAVE about this!!! Thanks again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2009
I could not find canned chipotle peppers so I substituted 1 tsp. Tabasco Chipotle Sauce. I marinaded the steaks for 36 hours cooked them on a "George Foreman" style electric grill and they were wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2009
Great flavor. I used chipolte peppers in adobe sauce, I don't know if that made a difference but it was great. Plus I added some crushed red pepper. Best tasting flap meat I ever had. I marinated it 24 hours. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2010
This is so similar to a fajita marinade from the Food Network. It is wonderful for fajitas. Try it you will love it. The chipotle is in adobo sauce in a can. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2010
followed everything but left out the cilantro I hate the stuff! Made on the grill and it was very tender which is a trick sometimes with flank steak. Thanks Lisa. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/16/2010
This was okay it was very citrusy. I wished more of the spice flavors came through. Read More
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