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Looking for a good carne asada recipe

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    Looking for a good carne asada recipe

    Any recommendations? Looking for something with a good bite of heat to it but not overwhelming. Also, any opinions on flap vs skirt vs flank?

    I am a big fan of Roy Choi’s take on carne asada. I usually make a little extra marinade to set aside for chips and salsa.
    Last edited by Spacecase; May 30, 2020, 11:59 AM.


      Wow. All good pieces of meat. For general “Carne asada” tacos here in SoCal (I was born n raised in Santa Ana) it’s usually Flap. I generally don’t pay up for flap unless it’s from the thick end and then I grind it for a FANTASTIC burger.

      I love (sort of a snob with skirt) outside Prime Skirt but don’t generally do below prime.

      (Choice) Flank is great for taking on bold, big marinades and cooked below hot n fast (more like less hot n less fast) to not more than 135° IMHO and used sliced in tortas or sandwiches. Prime flank you can treat a little harder for more char. This stuff love salt and acid!

      This is just me though

      For heat on the flap grind some Moritas and ancho for a deep depth flavorful heat. I have a very specific profile I like but i think I’m alone in my liking of this. Although fzxdoc seemed to take an interest.


      • CaptainMike
        CaptainMike commented
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        I was going to say the same exact thing except for I like dried poblanos in my grind.

      • Satchelpig
        Satchelpig commented
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        CaptainMike - I'm pretty sure ancho ARE dried poblanos.

      • CaptainMike
        CaptainMike commented
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        Satchelpig No way! They're not even spelled the same!

      In So. Cal, Carne Asada recipes are like opinions...… everyone has one. This is mine and not hot (add minced jalapenos/serranos if wanted):
      1 lb. Flap meat (flap meat is easier to find for me)
      4 Limes
      4 Cloves Garlic, minced
      1 Tbsp Chili Powder
      1 tsp Cumin
      1 tsp Oregano, dried
      1/4 C. EVOO
      1/2 Onion, sliced
      1/2 C. Cilantro, chopped
      Kosher Salt
      Fresh ground pepper

      In mixing bowl: add oregano, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, EVOO, and squeeze limes. Salt and pepper meat, add to bowl and knead meat and herb mixture together. Refrigerate 30 min - 1.5 hours. Don't go over 2 hours. Acid from the limes will turn the meat mushy.
      Last edited by TripleB; May 30, 2020, 12:47 PM.


      • Satchelpig
        Satchelpig commented
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        Gonna give this one a whirl for dinner tomorrow. Using the Ancho-Morita grind that HouseHomey and CaptainMike suggested as the Chile powder.

      • HouseHomey
        HouseHomey commented
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        That’s good stuff above. Love the oregano too.

      I add my "asado marinade" while cooking Sliced skirt on the flat top. Let it cook for on the meat.
      1 sliced yellow oniin
      1 lb sliced skirt
      2 finely diced jalapenos
      4 minced cloves of garlic
      2 tsp cumin
      1.5 tsp chili powder
      1 tsp sage
      1 tsp paprika
      1 tap Mexican oregano
      1/4 tsp Cinnamon
      1 tsp kosher salt
      1/2 cup water
      1 Tbs oil (bacon grease)
      juice of 2 limes


        Maybe it’s just me, but I prefer to keep the meat simple. I’ll use a good quality skirt steak, just salt and pepper, seared over coals. I’ll add various salsas, hot sauces, peppers, etc as toppings to get the heat and flavor profile I’m looking for.


        • TripleB
          TripleB commented
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          I agree. When I make steak tacos or steak bowls, I generally just salt and pepper my meat and provide the extras on the side. Same with Chicken. My recipe above is when we have the friends over or doing a block party, then I dress it up a bit.

        Always start with Rick Bayless.


          I’ve lived in SoCal for over a decade and I too keep it simple. I use skirt steak sliced super thin and marinated in Goya Marinade, Mojo Criollo maybe 8 hours or so. Cooked over coals until the meat is nice and crispy, which takes maybe 10 minutes a side or so, and served with favorite toppings.
          Last edited by zero_credit; May 30, 2020, 09:35 PM.


          • Red Man
            Red Man commented
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            Your profile says Chicago 🤔

          • zero_credit
            zero_credit commented
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            Yep. I lived in SoCal for over a decade but now live near Chicago. I see I had some poor grammar in the original post. Oops.
            Last edited by zero_credit; May 31, 2020, 07:06 AM.

          This is pure simplicity.

          this is a bit more involved:

          there’s no wrong way.



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