Recipe By Lisa Arlotti
Published Jul 10th
Lisa’s Favorite Carne Asada Marinade
Prep 20m Cook 10m Additional 10m Ready In 1d 40m
Servings 1 1/2 cups marinade Calories 206.7

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

Recipe Ingredients

  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup lime juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped canned chipotle pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 pounds flank steak

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 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.
  2. 2 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.
  3. 3 Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  4. 4 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.
  5. 5 Pour the one cup of reserved, unused marinade over the hot meat and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 206.7
  • Carbohydrate 5.7 g
  • Cholesterol 25.3 mg
  • Fat 14 g
  • Fiber 1 g
  • Protein 15 g
  • Saturated Fat 3.2 g
  • Sodium 640.4 mg
  • Sugar 2 g


  1. 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. - Read more ...
  2. This was okay it was very citrusy. I wished more of the spice flavors came through.
  3. 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 - Read more ...
  4. 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.
  5. this was fabulous. I did it it in the crock pot and the meat was like butter!! delicious!!
  6. Wow, this recipe is amazing! It is quickly becoming a weekend staple in our house. Very versatile, you can change the size of the flank steak you buy and it still turns out perfectly. You would be very hard pressed to find another marinade with as much flavor. Great to make on a Friday night - Read more ...
  7. 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 - Read more ...
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.