We hope you enjoy this Carne Asada marinade. Carne Asada is a favorite from Taquerias to Steak Houses, Carne Asada meals can be from the Rancho or used as a fine Mexican dinner. Carne Asada is comfort food for us and when I lived in Mexico, Carne Asada was an important part of local restaurants menus. At our restaurants at Hotel Hacienda Beach Resort in Cabo San Lucas we used a marinade similar to this for simple tacos to beautiful steaks. Use this marinade on beef for tacos, marinate flank, skirt or flap steaks. To "dress it up" marinate your favorite cut of steaks, rib eye, New York or even filet mignon. We will add links to this page for specific recipes and preparations using our Carne Asada marinade.
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves garlic
1/3 cup Ancho chile powder
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder* optional can substitute 1-3 teaspoons chipotle in adobo chopped fine
2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
1 tablespoon cilantro finely chopped.
1 tablespoon lime juice (Key Lime is best)
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
Place olive oil in a small sauce pan, heat on low heat add the garlic and sauté until soft, not browned. Add the ancho chile, chipotle, lime juice, vinegar, salt , oregano, and water bring to a simmer, stir and cool. Allow to come to room temperature or colder. Add cilantro. Taste to adjust salt.
Marinate the meat for 4 hours.