Sunday, June 14, 2015

Carne Asada Steak {for salad or tacos}

Carne Asada Steak Salad - get the recipe at

Tender bite size slices of grilled carne asada can be eaten on their own, piled into tacos, or topping a grilled salad. The citrus and jalapeno in the marinade worked perfectly to compliment the rest of the salad. My whole family gave this meal two thumbs up and my oldest son requested that I save the tiny bit of steak that we had leftover for his lunch the following day.

I topped my salad with the steak and the rest of my crew piled their steak into tacos. This steak is so tender, you can cut it with a fork. While we enjoy our steak cooked medium rare, feel free to cook it to the level of done that you like best.

Carne Asada Steak {for salad or tacos}
Yield: 4-6 servings
(printable recipe)

1-2 lb skirt steak
1 recipe of Mojo marinade

White corn tortillas
Pico De Gallo or salsa of your choice
Pepper Jack or Monterrey Jack cheese
1 head romaine lettuce, grilled (see below, if desired) and then chopped into bite size pieces
Avocado, sliced into wedges
Limes, sliced into wedges

Place the steak in a large Ziploc bag or an airtight container of your choice. Cover with the marinade and let rest for 1-6 hours. Avoid letting the steak marinate for over 8 hours, it will run the risk of becoming soft or mushy.

When you are ready to grill the meat, let it rest on the counter for about an hour to bring it closer to room temperature first. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the meat for about 3-7 minutes on each side. Watch closely to avoid over cooking the steak. The cooking time will vary greatly, depending on the thickness of your steak. We grilled ours for just 3-4 minutes on each side and it was perfectly medium rare.

Let the meat rest for at least 5-10 minutes prior to cutting it. Slice the steak as thinly as possible across the grain on a diagonal. Cover loosely with foil to keep warm until serving.

To assemble the tacos, warm the tortillas (either in a hot skillet or in a microwave) and then top with slices of the beef, lettuce, pico, cheese and avocado. To assemble a salad, layer the plates with lettuce, beef, pico, cheese and avocados as desired. Garnish with limes. Enjoy!

* To grill the lettuce: Slice the romaine in half lengthwise. Rinse to clean and then pat dry. Drizzle all sides of the romaine halves with olive oil and then sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place the lettuce halves cut-side down on the hot grill and grill just until slightly browned and then begin to wilt, just a couple minutes at most, then turn over. The halves of romaine were somewhat triangular, so I found it easiest to turn each one three times. When they are done, transfer to cutting board and roughly chop into bite size pieces. While I really liked the warm and enhanced flavor of the grilled lettuce, my husband was not a fan of the flavor at all. I'd been wanting to try grilled romaine for a while and I'm glad I tried it. In the future, I'll toss one-half on the grill for myself and leave the other half raw for my family.

Carne Asada Steak (for salad or tacos) - get the recipe at

{originally posted 4-4-12 - recipe notes and photos updated 6-14-15}

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  1. Who needs the salad or tacos? Just give me a big plate of that steak!! YUM!

  2. You have absolutely rocked some Southwestern food here and I like everything about it. Can't wait to try the marinade and tour steak looks perfectly cooked for me. I'm heading for the freezer to see what beef I still have.

  3. I have no doubt this was delicious. It looks beautiful! Let the grilling begin.

  4. This is the perfect thing to ring in the warmer weather! I love that you put your steak over salad. THe perfect way to get both your protein and your veggies in!

  5. That marinate would be tremendous on steak. Can't wait to try it.

  6. This steak looks delicious, so tender and juicy! The grill lettuce sounds really interesting.

  7. Love this! The steak looks great and I love the idea of the grilled lettuce!

  8. That last picture of the steak has me craving red meat right now!

  9. That steak looks ridiculously good - tender and perfectly cooked!

  10. I wish the printable recipes on your site would have the picture included

  11. Made these today (salad version), and it was delicious! Loved the grilled lettuce! Yum!

  12. I can' t have red meat can I use chicken?

    1. Absolutely. The marinade works well with chicken, pork, and seafood. It's one of our favorites!

  13. Love the skirt steak, and your mix of either taco or salad! Skirt has such great flavor and perfect for any mexican meal/fajitas etc. Awesome.

  14. I adapted this recipe, tucking the other ingredients inside some rolled, white floor tortillas. I call them burritos!