Carne Asada Bowls
Carne Asada is a marinated beef recipe that uses spices and citrus for a delicious beef dinner loaded with flavor.
You can serve these with gluten-free tortillas for a gluten-free meal, or you can serve them with lettuce wraps. Another option is to add some of your simple favorite rice to the bowl.
Main Ingredients Needed for this Recipe –
Skirt or Flank Steak
Orange Juice and Zest
Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
How to Make Carne Asada –
Marinade beef for at least 30 minutes.
Using a cast iron skillet, sear steak for 3 to 4 minutes per side.
Slice the meat thin to serve.
Serve in a bowl with seasoned vegetables.
Healthy and Family Delicious Carne Asada Bowls
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1 teaspoon orange zest preferably organic
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 3 tablespoons Tamari
- 3-4 large cloves fresh garlic peeled and smashed
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 1/2 lbs. skirt or flank steak
- 8- oz. cherry tomatoes quartered
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped, divided
- 1/2 medium red onion chopped small
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice divided
- 1 large avocado chopped
- 5-6 large radishes trimmed and sliced very thin
- 1 large lime cut into 8 wedges
- 2 oz. Cotija cheese crumbled
- 1 large jalapeño sliced
- Gluten-free tortillas and/or lettuce wraps.
To prepare the marinade, combine all ingredients together into a medium bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
Place the steak into a freezer bag and pour the marinade on top. Seal the bag tightly and turn several times to ensure the steak is evenly coated. Marinate at room temperature for at least 30 minutes (but less than 2 hours) or place in the refrigerator overnight.
Tip: If marinating the steak in the refrigerator, allow time for the steak to come to room temperature, approximately 20-30 minutes, before cooking.
Combine the tomatoes, one tablespoon fresh cilantro, red onion, and two tablespoons fresh lime juice in a bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Set aside.
To prevent browning, toss the chopped avocado with the remaining lime juice in a small bowl and set aside.
Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the steak from the marinade and let excess liquid drip off before placing in the hot skillet. Sear for 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare, or until the meat reaches the desired level of doneness.
Tip: Use the grilling option on this chart (and an instant-read thermometer) to determine desired cooking temperature:
Remove from heat and allow steak to rest 5 minutes before thinly slicing it against the grain. Serve immediately with the seasoned tomatoes, diced avocado, sliced radishes, lime wedges, and the remaining fresh cilantro. Top with sliced jalapeño and Cotija cheese. Offer guacamole, gluten-free tortillas, and/or lettuce wraps on the side, if desired. Enjoy!
What is The Best Meat to Use for Carne Asada
Skirt and flank steak are two of the most popular cuts of meat used to prepare this dish. Both are great choices for marinades and a quick sear over high heat. If we had a choice, we would probably chose the flank steak which turns out a little more tender than the skirt steak. Try both and see which is your favorite.
The key to success with either option is to thinly slice the meat against the grain, or perpendicular to the long striations that run through the cut of meat, before serving.
What Can I Substitute for Cotija Cheese?
You can substitute a good Feta cheese for the Cotija cheese if you don’t have it or can’t find it. Cotija cheese is also delicious to crumble in salads or over beef tacos.
Special Equipment Used:
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We love this simple beef recipe and hope you do too! It’s was very easy to prepare and bursting with flavor and healthy ingredients.
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