Carne Asada Marinade

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Carne asada is a great way for the whole family to enjoy a better cut of meat in a taco rather than the usual ground beef, on a limited budget.



Make a couple of tacos by adding some shredded cabbage, fresh pico de gallo, a squeeze of lime, and a drizzle of crema or slightly thinned sour cream wrapped in charred corn tortillas, and you have a healthful, delicious, balanced and inexpensive meal.

If you prefer chicken, this marinade also works great with boneless, skinless chicken thighs.


Carne Asada Marinade
Serves 4 as a taco or burrito filling. Easily doubled.
Time: 15 to 20 minutes to prep marinade. Doesn't include grill time.
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- 1.5 pounds skirt or flap steak
- 1/4 of an onion, cut into 1/4-inch strips
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder, not garlic salt)
- 2 Tablespoons lime or lemon juice
- 1 to 1+1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cumin (depending on how much you like its flavor, but you might want to go light if you're cooking for kids who haven't acquired a taste for cumin)
- 1 teaspoon ground achiote (aka annatto) for color and earthiness (paprika will work in a pinch)
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder for smoky heat
- 3 to 4 Tablespoons chopped cilantro (this is a great use for the stems)
- 1/5 Tablespoons oil

Massage it all together well and thoroughly and let it marinate for at least 3 or 4 hours before grilling. You can wait up to 2 days if life gets in the way.



¡Buen provecho! :)


shinae

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