Easy Carne Asada with Fresh Pico de Gallo

Whip up this easy Carne Asada dinner tonight using holiday leftovers. Thin sliced prime rib is marinated in a citrus mojo for true Mexican flavor and topped with fresh pico de gallo.  Serve on tacos or tortillas and, believe me,  no one will believe it’s leftovers! Option included for grilling a marinated skirt steak.

Easy Carne Asada with fresh Pico de Gallo | 2 Cookin Mamas Whip up this easy Carne Asada dinner tonight using holiday leftovers. Thin sliced prime rib is marinated in a citrus mojo for true Mexican flavor and topped with fresh pico de gallo.  Serve on tacos or tortillas and, believe me,  no one will believe it's leftovers! Option included for grilling a marinated skirt steak. #leftovers #dinner #carneasada #skirtsteak #steak #picodegallo #mexicanfood #recipe

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with lots of love, laughter and good food. My husband and I got to spend a fantastic Christmas with the whole family, 2 children, their spouses and 4 grandchildren. It was crazy and great all at the same time! We usually fix a really nice Christmas dinner and this was no exception. We had the most delicious prime Standing Rib Roast. OMG! Was it every good! What did you have for your Christmas dinner?

Leftover prime rib never tasted so good!

Since we had some leftover prime rib, I know you’re thinking, what’s leftover prime rib, we decided to go Mexican for the night. We adapted a tried and true Carne Asada recipe that we always use and made our own version. Served along with some tasty margaritas, I have to say, it was almost as good as our Christmas dinner.

Carne Asada dinner is served 1

This is a really simple recipe to make and can even be made from scratch with a skirt steak. The same procedure is done with both the cooked meat and the raw skirt steak so this can be on your table even without leftovers.

Check out how easy this Carne Asada is to prepare and definitely make the fresh pico de gallo, it was like the icing on the cake.

Carne Asada pico de gallo ingredients

  1. Gather the fresh ingredients for the pico de gallo. You’ll need tomatoes, cilantro, onion, garlic, jalapeno, lime juice and olive oil.

Carne Asada pico de gallo

  1. Mix all together and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This lets all the flavors meld together.

Carne Asada ingredients

  1. Now prepare the marinade for the beef. You’ll need most of the same ingredients that go in the pico de gallo along with orange juice and vinegar. It makes a type of mojo sauce which lends just the right flavor to the mix.

Carne Asada marinating beef

  1. Pour the marinade in a plastic bag and add the beef, either the prime rib or the raw skirt steak (left whole).
  2. Place in refrigerator for at least an hour.

Carne Asada warming meat

  1. When you’re ready for dinner, pan fry the prime rib to warm it up. If grilling the skirt steak, heat grill to high and grill about 4 minutes per side then slice.

Carne Asada beef overhead

The meat comes out so juicy with a little bit of heat to it. A little squeeze of lime on top kicks the flavor up another notch.

Carne Asada dinner

Serve with tortillas, shredded cheese, sliced avocados and pico de gallo and let everyone serve themselves. It’s a nice relaxing and fun dinner to throw together after the hectic holiday. And don’t forget to pair it with your favorite beer or margarita.

Enjoy!

5 from 2 votes
Carne Asada square
Carne Asada
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Marinate
1 hr
Total Time
25 mins
 

Whip up this easy Carne Asada dinner tonight using holiday leftovers. Thin sliced prime rib is marinated in a citrus mojo for true Mexican flavor and topped with fresh pico de gallo.  Serve on tacos or tortillas and, believe me,  no one will believe it's leftovers! Option included for grilling a marinated skirt steak.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: carne asada, dinner, mexican, pico de gallo, prime rib, recipe, skirt steak
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 551 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds leftover prime rib or skirt steak
Mojo Marinade
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 jalapeno chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup bottled lime juice
  • 1/4 cup prepared orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
Pico de Gallo
  • 4 tomatoes chopped small
  • 1/2 onion chopped small
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped small
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped fine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
Directions
  1. If using leftover prime rib, slice the beef into long thin strips. If you are going to grill a skirt steak, leave whole to marinate and cut prior to serving.

  2. Prepare and combine all the mojo sauce ingredients together.
  3. Place meat, either raw skirt steak or cooked prime rib, and marinade into resealable zippered bag and refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

  4. Make pico de gallo by mixing all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  5. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Just before serving, heat the beef up quickly, about 3-5 minutes in a skillet. If grilling skirt steak, preheat grill to high and cook about 4 minutes per side. Remove and slice.

  7. Serve with warm tortillas (use a gluten free version for a delicious gluten-free meal), grated cheese, sliced avocado and pico de gallo.
Recipe Notes

Mojo Marinade recipe by Tyler Florence

Nutrition Facts
Carne Asada
Amount Per Serving
Calories 551 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 50g 77%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 57mg 2%
Potassium 511mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 18.7%
Vitamin C 34%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 10.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Whip up this easy Carne Asada dinner tonight using holiday leftovers. Thin sliced prime rib is marinated in a citrus mojo for true Mexican flavor and topped with fresh pico de gallo.  Serve on tacos or tortillas and, believe me,  no one will believe it\'s leftovers! Option included for grilling a marinated skirt steak. #leftovers #dinner #carneasada #skirtsteak #steak #picodegallo #mexicanfood #recipe

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Brandi
    01/25/2019 at 4:56 pm


    Combination of fantastic flavors , oh my! I used leftover steak from last dinner in this recipe , turned out great!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      02/04/2019 at 10:02 am

      So there is someone else out there with leftover steak or prime rib! lol It really is a way to make a whole new dinner without anyone knowing it’s leftovers. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Reply
    Renee Goerger
    01/25/2019 at 9:28 am


    When I’m in the mood for Mexican food, this is the recipe I go-to!

  • Reply
    Miz Helen
    05/21/2014 at 7:47 pm

    Carne Asada is one of our all time favorite Mexican dishes, we think it is a must for a Mexican buffet. Thanks so much for joining our Foods of The World Tour to Mexico, hope you will join in France next month.
    See You Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Reply
    Kelli @ The Sustainable Couple
    05/18/2014 at 10:23 am

    I’ve got to try this for one of my husband and I’s date-night dinners. I’m going to pin this to our Mostly Homemade Mondays board. Thanks for sharing on Mostly Homemade Mondays. I can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow!

    Kelli @ The Sustainable Couple

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      05/20/2014 at 10:28 am

      It’s a great dinner for a Friday night, casual and fun. Serve with a nice Rose, Sauvignon Blanc or an ice-cold beer for a great evening.

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    05/16/2014 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again next week!

  • Reply
    cookingwithcurls
    05/15/2014 at 6:07 pm

    Oh yum, I love this!! It looks so delicious. I am so glad that you shared with us at Food of the World. 🙂 Hope to see you next month!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      05/15/2014 at 8:09 pm

      Love the Mexican theme. Can’t wait for the next stop! I’ll be there.

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    05/13/2014 at 7:31 pm

    This looks delicious! I would love for you share it on my Tasty Tuesday recipe link up here! Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      05/13/2014 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks for the invite. Just added my carne asada and key lime pie.

  • Reply
    Eli Pacheco
    05/13/2014 at 10:19 am

    1. I love the idea of using leftover prime rib for this.

    2. You’re making my ham sandwich for lunch feel woefully inadequate.

    3. So glad I found this through the #TastyTuesdays linkup.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      05/13/2014 at 2:14 pm

      Sorry about your ham sandwich! lol This recipe is a great way to change up leftover beef into something that you would think was made that same day. Thanks for stopping by.

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