Since most people consider Labor Day the symbolic end to summer, why not celebrate this last holiday weekend with great food and friends?  We all want to relax and rest on Labor Day, but pulling together a menu can seem like a lot of work.  Instead, I suggest keeping it simple, easy, and delicious.  One of my favorite go-to meals when hosting friends is carne asada, a grilled marinated beef steak.  The traditional cut of beef for making carne asada is skirt, flank, or flap.  However, I love using flat iron steak because it has a noticeable amount of marbling. It’s very tender and perfect for tacos.

Carne asada can be a main dish by itself or part of another dish.  Personally, I love to grill a two-pound flat iron steak and serve it alongside small corn tortillas, salsa, cilantro, avocado or guacamole, lime wedges, and other ingredients.  People then have the option of making tacos, burritos, or salads.  I’ve discovered people love to make their own creations, often with such care and pride.

Today’s recipe for carne asada only requires you to marinate the beef for at least a couple of hours before grilling. However, to experience the most flavor beef should marinate overnight.

Once off the grill, the steak should be allowed to rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting thin slices.  This will help produce the juicy, tender streak we strive for. Eat this dish with your favorite sides or in a warm corn tortilla.

Hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend.

Recipe: Carne Asada

  • Prep Time: 10 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 15 min(s)
  • Total Time: 25 min(s)
  • Servings: 6-8

A simple but tasty marinated Mexican grilled beef recipe.


  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 lbs. flat iron steak


  1. Mix all of the ingredients except for the beef in a bowl and then transfer the marinade to a zip top bag.
  2. Add the beef and seal the bag.  Massage the beef and marinade from the outside of the bag and allow to marinate overnight.
  3. When ready to grill, remove the beef from the bag to a plate on the counter.
  4. Preheat the grill to medium-high and grill both sides for 6-7 minutes.
  5. Allow the beef to rest 5-10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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One Response to “Carne Asada”

  1. Kat

    Made this last night – so delicious! It had so much flavor that I didn’t want to turn it into a burrito/taco and instead just enjoyed it as is. Will definitely make this again – thanks!