Carne Asada Recipe

Carne Asada
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: | Active Time: | Makes: 8 servings (12 for Burrito Bar)

No burrito bar is complete without this staple, but carne asada is equally good served with nothing more than a cold beer.

What to buy: We like this recipe made with Dos Equis beer, but any brand will work. Just don’t use a really dark beer or an IPA, which will make it bitter.

Game plan: You can make this dish ahead of time and warm it when you are ready to eat. If you decide to do that, cook the meat to medium rare, about 5 minutes per side, and then warm it over medium-low heat with the reduced marinade juices.

This dish was featured as part of our Tailgating Recipes photo gallery.

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INGREDIENTS
  • 2 1/2 cups light Mexican beer, such as Dos Equis
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from 2 medium limes)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 1 medium lemon)
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 2 to 3 pounds flank steak
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine 2 cups of the beer, the lime juice, lemon juice, garlic, onion, and measured pepper in a large, nonreactive bowl and mix. Add the flank steak, cover, place in the refrigerator, and marinate at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. When ready to cook the meat, heat a grill to high (about 500°F). Remove the meat from the marinade (reserving the marinade juices), pat it dry, and season well with salt.
  3. Transfer the marinade to a medium saucepan, add the remaining 1/2 cup beer, and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, skim off any foam or impurities that come to the surface, and let the mixture reduce by half, about 20 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a heatproof bowl, mix in the brown sugar, and season well with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the meat on the grill and cook to medium, about 7 to 10 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes. If serving as a main, slice the steak against the grain into 1-inch strips; if serving as a filling for tacos or burritos, coarsely chop. Place in a serving dish and cover with the reduced marinade juices.

Beverage pairing: Sol Cerveza, Mexico. A great Mexican meat dish calls for nothing more complicated or intense than a good, clean Mexican lager. Drip some lime into the beer to bring out its bright, citrus tang and it will make a thirst-quenching and mouth-refreshing gulp after each bite of steak.