Published Dec 8th
Prep 20m Cook 10m Additional 30m Ready In 1h
Servings 3 pounds carne asada Calories 215.5

This Sonoran carne asada is cheap and easy to make with beef chuck and excellent for a fast supper! Serve in warmed tortillas topped with onions, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, red cabbage slaw, and/or cilantro. Garnish with a wedge of lime, to be squeezed over taco before eating.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into thin, bite-sized slices
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can beef stock
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, leaves chopped
  • 3 tablespoons oil

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place beef chuck in a shallow bowl. Season with pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes. Add enough beef stock to cover. Add lemon juice, lime juice, jalapenos, and cilantro. Turn until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, preferably 2 to 3 hours.
  2. 2 Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Stir in 1/3 of the beef and saute until just firm to the touch for medium- to medium-rare, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Be careful not to overcook, as the meat will get tough. Transfer to serving dish. Repeat with remaining beef.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 215.5
  • Carbohydrate 4 g
  • Cholesterol 51.6 mg
  • Fat 16.4 g
  • Fiber 1.5 g
  • Protein 14.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 5.7 g
  • Sodium 237.7 mg
  • Sugar 0.6 g

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Chef's Notes

You can also use flank or skirt steak for this; If you want to start marinating the night before, omit the lemons and limes, and use a can of lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite(R)) instead; Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.


  1. Great flavor from the marinade! I was running short on time so I wound up simmering the beef chunks in a little bit of the marinade to get more of the flavor in - next time I'll try to plan ahead so I can let it sit for the 2-3 hours. Topped with some fresh - Read more ...
  2. These turned out really good. I did make one change. Asada translates to grilled and so I grilled the meat.