Mexican On The Menu – Carne Asada

Carne Asada 735 | 2 Cookin Mamas

In Mexican cuisine, carne asada means “grilled beef”, though any type of dry heat cooking may be used, and is made from a thin marinated skirt steak. In my case, I wanted to use up some leftover standing rib roast that I had made over the weekend (I know you are saying what? leftover prime rib? – that is almost unheard of) so I adjusted a recipe I found online and it came out so delicious that I wish I had more leftovers! I also made a pico de gallo to go with it which was like the icing on the cake – oh it was so gooood!

Carne Asada


  • 1-1/2 pounds beef, skirt steak or left-over prime rib

Mojo Marinade
(original recipe by Tyler Florence)

  • 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


Cut the beef into long thin strips. Mix all the mojo sauce ingredients together and place meat and sauce in resealable zippered bag. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Make pico de gallo by mixing all ingredients together then let sit in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Just before serving, heat or cook the beef up quickly in a skillet and serve with warm tortillas (use a gluten free version for a delicious gluten-free meal), grated cheese and the pico de gallo.

Serves 4-6.

Wine Pairing: Stick with a full-bodied red wine that has jammy or fruity characteristics such as a Zinfandel, Malbec or a Rioja.



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  • 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.

  • Reply
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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

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