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Grilled Carne Asada

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If you’re looking for authentic Carne Asada look no further! This recipe is the perfect way to make tender, flavorful Carne Asada right on your grill at home! The key to this is marinating it ahead of time! I’m using a simple marinade made with Mazola® Corn Oil as the main ingredient in the marinade – it will come out tender & perfect every time! A clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, visit

In addition to Mazola Corn Oil, you’ll need to pick up a flank steak or if you can’t find that, a skirt steak will work as well.

All you need is a nice piece of meat and a few simple ingredients for the perfect marinade and you’re on your way to tender, tasty, Grilled Carne Asada!

The Perfect Marinade

Using a marinade when cooking steak is an easy way to tenderize! If you’re cooking Flank Steak it’s a must! It will help lock in all the flavors too.

Mazola Corn Oil, White Vinegar, Limes, Cilantro, Crushed Garlic, and Chopped Poblano Peppers!

Mazola Corn Oil is a heart-healthy* cooking oil and creates marinades that make great-tasting food because it has a neutral taste that lets the natural flavor of your food stand out. 

Start by opening up a plastic bag, next add your Mazola Corn Oil and Vinegar. Place the garlic, cilantro, and poblanos in the bag. Add your meat. Finally, slice your lime and squeeze it into the bag and feel free to throw it right on in. Citrus is a great help in tenderizing as well!

Once all of the ingredients are in the bag, try to squeeze out as much of the air as you can and zip the bag very, very tightly! Use your hands to mix the ingredients around from the outside, making sure your steak is covered in the marinade!

Place the bag in the fridge for at least an hour, but if you can marinate it over night, I highly recommend it! The longer it sits in the marinade the more tender and flavorful it will be!

Grilling The Carne Asada

When you’re ready to grill the steak. Start your grill at high heat. Remove the marinated steak from the fridge while you preheat your grill. Mazola has a high smoke point (450˚ F), which makes it perfect for grilling! Once your grill is heated up, remove the steak from the marinade and place it right on the grill.

Let the steak cook for about 5 minutes per side, you should be able to get some nice color on it and then flip it over and repeat! You want your steak to come out about medium to medium rare, but you also want to really seal in that flavor and get some nice grill marks on it!
After removing it from the grill, let it sit on the counter and “rest” for about 10 minutes before slicing it.

When you slice it, it’s super important to cut against the grain! When it comes to flank steak you absolutely have to cut the opposite way the grain goes and slicing as thinly as possible helps as well!

Juicy, Tender, Carne Asada

After you’ve sliced your Carne Asada, top it with some chopped onions, extra cilantro, & some extra lime.. and get ready to enjoy! This recipe is absolutely perfect for tacos!

So, I’m serving mine with black beans, tortillas, avocados, and fresh homemade salsa.

Grilled Carne Asada

Print Recipe
Serves: 6-8 Cooking Time: About 20 minutes+ Prep Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 Flank Steak
  • 1 Lime
  • 2 Tbsp Crushed Garlic
  • 1 Cup Chopped Poblano Peppers
  • 1 1/2 Cups Mazola Corn Oil
  • 2 Tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Cup Cilantro



Place Mazola Corn Oil, vinegar, cilantro, poblanos, garlic, salt, black pepper, and flank steak in plastic bag.


Close the bag tightly, then massage marinade all over steak to make sure it's covered and place in the fridge.


Marinate steak for at least an hour or overnight if possible.


Heat grill to a high heat.


Cook the steak on each side for about five minutes before flipping. You want it to be about medium to medium rare and have some nice color.


Once desired doneness is reached remove steak from grill.


Let steak rest for about 10 minutes.


Then, slice steak against grain and enjoy!

*see for more information on the relationship between corn oil and heart health.

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