Carne Asada or Chicken Marinade -Tacos/Fajitas


Being raised in California we had the opportunity to experience Carne Asada that was out of this world. Problem is that now we live in Georgia and good Carne Asada is hard to come by. After a bit of tweaking we finally settled upon a recipe that reminds us of home. Enjoy!

Carne Asada Tacos using the Marinade

Carne Asade or Chicken Marinade


  • up to 3 pounds flank steak (thin cut meat)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce ( I use the reduced sodium version, otherwise it’s too salty)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (or I used the already prepared garlic and about 2 hefty spoonfuls)
  • 2 limes juiced, or a good squeeze from the lime juice concentrate bottle
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (I substitute EVOO)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika


I have found that the best way to marinate carne asada is to cut the meat before you put it into the marinade. The pieces of carne asada then soak up even more of the flavor and you will be delighted with the result!

1. Grab a gallon size food storage bag, then place the marinade ingredients into the bag then seal the bag. Mix the ingredients by slightly shaking the bag.

2. Add your cut flank steak into the bag, seal, and using your fingers mix the ingredients into the meat. Place into your refrigerator laying flat, the longer you leave the carne asada marinating the better. I tend to do it overnight or at least 6-8 hours. Make sure you turn and mix at least one additional time.

3. When ready to cook heat a large skillet to medium and pour entire bag into it. Cook until done, stirring occasionally.


-I use this for my fajita marinade also! In the marinade bag throw in some onion and a variety of bell peppers (I use yellow, red and green bell peppers). Prepare the night before and it makes for a very easy meal the next day!

-Don’t forget to purchase some limes! After the tacos are prepared squeeze a bit of lime juice onto it to enhance the flavors! 

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