Carne Asada

This traditional Mexican dish is made by marinating skirt steak in a spicy, citrusy puree, charring it on the grill and then thinly slicing the meat. We suggest serving carne asada as a main dish with rice and beans, but you could also add it to tacos, burritos, tostadas and more.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 40 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

2 medium jalapeno chiles, stemmed and roughly chopped

Juice of 2 limes, plus extra wedges for serving

Juice of 1 orange

1 1/2 cups lightly packed fresh cilantro (leaves and tender stems)

1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for the grill

3 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

One 2-pound skirt steak


  1. Add the garlic, jalapenos, lime juice, orange juice, cilantro, olive oil, sugar, vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper to a food processor and puree until very smooth.
  2. Cut the steak crosswise into thirds (skirt steak is typically long and skinny, so this will make the pieces more manageable when grilling). Place in a large resealable plastic bag, then pour in the marinade, flipping and massaging the steak to make sure it’s evenly coated. Remove as much air as possible, then seal the bag and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours (any longer and the citrus juice will start to "cook" the steak). 
  3. Preheat a grill for medium-high heat and brush the hot grates with oil. Remove the steak from the marinade, letting excess drip off, and season both sides with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Grill until nicely charred on the outside, 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board to rest, about 10 minutes. Thinly slice the steak against the grain, then serve with lime wedges.