Authentic Carne Asada Marinade Recipe

Authentic Carne Asada Marinade Recipe
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Authentic Carne Asada Marinade Recipe

(Maybe even the best carne asada marinade)

I’m not much of a meat eater but for some reason I love Carne Asada and not just any carne asada, it has to be one that is what I call the “authentic” carne asada marinade. You might ask, what does authentic carne asada marinade taste like? Well, the authentic marinade is not sweet and it seems that most store bought marinated carne asada are always on the sweet side because it has too much orange juice.

Also, the trick to Carne Asada is to get really thin cut flap steak, most stores cut them too thick. Below is a recipe for the best marinade that I have consistently gone back too because it just has the right amount of all ingredients for that perfect taste. With the steak cut thinly enough, you’ll get a flavorful and tender carne asade that will be a hit with everyone that eats it. So here is the recipe I hope you enjoy.


  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup White Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup lime juice (can substitute with lemon juice)
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 White Onion (Chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons peeled fresh garlic – crushed
  • 1 tablespoons white pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 Jalapeno Chili (Minced) or 1 Tbsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 orange, sliced
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped (no stems)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix.
  2. Place meat in gallon sized freezer bag, in the bottom of a shallow baking dish, or a non-reactive (plastic or glass) storage container with a lid.
  3. Pour carne asada marinade on top of meat, cover dish or close bag, and marinate overnight up to 48 hours in the refrigerator.

Once it’s been marinated long enough you can cook it in the grill or you can even cook it in a slow cooker. As a bonus, below are some directions on how to slow cook carne asada.

Slow cooking the marinated carne asada:

  1. After marinating for one or two days, place meat and marinade in a slow cooker.
  2. Slow cook for 10 to 12 hours on low.
  3. Meat should be extra tender and can be shredded with a fork.
  4. Place meat and favorite toppings (salsa, cheese, guacamole, avocado slices, tomatoes, shredded cabbage, grilled sweet peppers, etc.) in a tortilla to make into tacos or burritos. You can also serve meat over rice for a carne asada bowl.

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