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Grilled steak in carne asada marinade served with salsa, tortillas and beans.

Carne Asada Marinade

This carne asada marinade is a zesty blend of citrus, olive oil, fresh herbs and jalapeno, all combined to add plenty of flavor to steak. Cook your carne asada on the grill, then serve the meat thinly sliced in tacos, burritos or alongside rice and beans.
Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 22 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 123kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1/2 cup orange juice freshly squeezed is best
  • 1/4 cup lime juice freshly squeezed is best
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 jalapeno seeds and ribs removed, then coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves coarsely chopped


  • Place all the ingredients in a large bowl or in a resealable bag. If using a bag, seal the bag and shake to combine. If using a bowl, stir until the ingredients are well blended.
  • Add up to 2 pounds of steak to the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours, or up to 8-10 hours.
  • Remove the meat from the marinade. Scrape off any large pieces of cilantro and jalapeno.
  • Grill or broil the meat as desired, then slice against the grain and serve.



Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 584mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg