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Carne Asada Recipe

Carne Asada Recipe

Carne asada and steak fajitas. Aren’t they the same thing? Both are typically made from skirt steak or flank steak, although I have seen ribeye and other cuts such as hanger, and sirloin used as well. I’ve had both on flour tortillas and warm soft corn tortillas. As far as condiments go, when I’m in a hurry chopped onion, cilantro and salsa will do. For a sit-down meal, add lettuce, tomato, sour cream, cheese, rice, and beans.


So, just what is the difference between carne asada and fajitas?

Not much really. First, there is the name. In my opinion, fajita is just the Tex Mex word for carne asada. Next, we have preparation. Carne asada leaves your meat whole and pan-fried or grilled over hot coals. Once your steak is cooked to your desired doneness, let it rest 5 minutes, slice and serve. For fajitas take your raw steak and slice it thinly. Saute in a pan over med-high heat with sliced onions, peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms until the meat is done and serve.

Carne Asada and Fajitas

Honestly, it’s going to taste good however you prepare it. Personally, I like mine grilled over hot coals of mesquite. Medium is my doneness for this type of steak. Slice it up and if I want the vegetables I’ll saute them and add the sliced meat near the end. Do you and whatever sounds good to you and you can’t fail. Experiment and have fun.

Carne Asada and Fajitas

Carne Asada

Flavorful beef strips ready for tortillas. What's the difference between carne asada and fajitas? Not much really and you can either with this simple recipe
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinade and resting time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 Tacos
Calories 365kcal


  • 2 lbs Skirt Steak
  • 8 Flour Tortillas


  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • cup Soy Sauce
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ cup Orange Juice
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 Lime Juiced
  • 6 cloves Garlic Chopped
  • 2 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • ¼ cup Cilantro Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Salt Fine
  • 1 Jalapeno Chopped


  • The day before you plan to cook, mix all of your marinade ingredients in a zip lock bag, seal and shake to combine.
  • Add your steak making sure all sides are coated with the marinade. Remove the excess air and seal the bag. Place in the fridge to marinate overnight. Make sure to flip and agitate the bag a couple times before cooking.
    Carne Asada and Fajitas
  • When you're ready to start cooking, remove the meat from the bag and place on a plate. Reserve the left over marinade in a bowl and set aside.
    Carne Asada and Fajitas
  • Start your coals in the grill allowing the meat to come to room temperature while you wait on the coals.
    Carne Asada and Fajitas
  • Place your meat on the grill once your your coals ash over. Brush the meat with the leftover marinade, turning the meat every couple of minutes. IMPORTANT: Do not consume meat that has been brushed with marinade that has not been cooked. The marinade needs to be cooked to ensure no one gets sick.
  • Don't worry if the meat gets a little charred, that's the good stuff.
    Carne Asada and Fajitas
  • When he meat is cooked to your desired temperature, remove it from the grill and let it rest 5 minutes.
    Carne Asada and Fajitas
  • Once the meat has rested, slice it in thin strips against the grain.
    Carne Asada and Fajitas
  • Stuff into warm corn or flour tortillas and top with your favorite condiments.

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