This carne asada is a flavorful recipe to grill during the summer! It’s perfect for making tacos, fries, or eating in a burrito bowl.

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What is carne asada?

Carne asada is a traditional Latin American grilled beef that’s marinated in fresh citrus, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, and vinegar, and it tastes amazing. It has a slight hint of sweetness and citrus, some spice, and is perfect for making tacos and serving for the summer.

Carne asada is generally made with white vinegar and vegetable oil, but this version is going to be paleo, whole30, and easily adaptable for AIP. Yes, you can easily make it nightshade free by omitting the jalapeno and it will still taste just as amazing!

How to make carne asada

  • Combine the orange juice, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, avocado oil, garlic, herbs, and spices and mix well.
  • Add the marinade to a large bag and add the flank steak, making sure that the steak is fully covered in the marinade.
  • Place in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours.
  • Remove and allow to come to room temperature before grilling for 6-8 minutes on each side. The internal temperature should read 145-155F for a medium steak.
  • Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing very thin.
  • Serve over burrito bowls or tacos.

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What to serve with carne asada

Carne asada pairs well with red onion, avocado, and lots of cilantro! It makes perfect taco meat paired with these ingredients, and can also be used to make burrito bowls. You can even top some sweet potato fries off with carne asada for carne asada fries!

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The Ingredients for the carne asada

Orange juice & lime juice

These add a great citrus flavor and acid while still being just barely sweet!

Apple cider vinegar

This adds more acid to the dish and replaces the white vinegar.

Avocado oil

This is the oil used to cook the steak, and in the marinade.

Cilantro

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Carne Asada (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 servings 1x

Description

This carne asada is the perfect summertime grilling recipe!


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • Optional- 1 jalapeno, diced (omit for AIP)
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 1.5 lb flank steak

To serve

  • Avocado
  • Red onion
  • Cilantro
  • Cauliflower rice for burrito bowls
  • Tortillas (for non-whole30 )

Instructions

  1. Combine the orange juice, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, avocado oil, garlic, herbs, and spices and mix well to combine.
  2. Add the marinade to a large bag and add the flank steak, making sure that the steak is fully covered in the marinade.
  3. Place in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours.
  4. Remove and allow to come to room temperature.
  5. Prepare the grill (or grill pan) by setting to medium-high heat. Coat lightly with avocado oil.
  6. Once the grill is hot, add the flank steak to the grill and grill for about 5-8 minutes on each side. The internal temperature should read 145-155F for a medium steak.
  7. Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing very thin.
  8. Serve over burrito bowls for whole30 or grain free tacos with red onion, avocado, and extra cilantro.

Notes

All nutrition facts are estimations and will vary. Nutrition facts do not include optional/’to serve’ ingredients.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grill

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 251
  • Fat: 14.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.8g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Protein: 24.6g

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