Thursday, October 11, 2012

Carne Asada with a Citrus Twist

I don't like to settle on one marinade when it comes to meat.  I like to play around with them here and there until I tweak it just enough to make it perfect.  This marinade for carne asada has a tangy lime flavor with a hint of heat in the spices!

Carne Asada Marinade
*for about 3lbs

3lbs Thinly Sliced Flank Steak (You can usually buy it pre-sliced from the store)
4 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
1/2 C. Cilantro
1 Bell Pepper
1 Small Onion
2 Limes (juiced)
1/3 C. Orange Juice
1/4 C. Olive Oil
1 Tbsp. Cumin
1 Tbsp. Pepper
1/2 C. Vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Chili Powder (use 2 Tbsp. for more of a kick)

1. Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor.  Mix until close to smooth.
2. Pour over carne asada meat, in a bowl or ziploc bag.
3. Marinade for 48 hours (or you can freeze for later) *I usually make it in two half batches one for now and one for later.
4. Grill (or pan sear) to a medium well.  Keep in mind that this meat is SUPER thin and you don't want to over cook it.

 (Sorry it's blurry! This is after I've grilled them.  I'm keeping them in the skillet with a lid to keep them warm.)
5. Once cooked, cut up into small 1/4" squares and serve in burritos, tacos, or put it on nachos!

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