Garlicky Carne Asada

A garlicky, citrus-spiked marinade makes this steak something special.
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garlic carne asada

Recipe by Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins

Start to Finish: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Servings: 4 - 6


  • 1 cup finely chopped garlic (about 2 large heads) 

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro (about 2 bunches) 

  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice 

  • 1/2 cup grapeseed or vegetable oil 

  • 3 tbsp. chili powder 

  • 3 tbsp. ground cumin 

  • 3 tbsp. kosher salt 

  • 2 tbsp. ground black pepper 

  • 2 lb. skirt steak, cut in half 

  • Charred Tomatillo & Orange Salsa

  • Corn tortillas, charred on grill, for serving 


1. In a large bowl, whisk the garlic, cilantro, orange juice, oil, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Add the steak. Turn until coated. Cover and chill, turning often, for 4 hours.

2. Heat a grill to medium-high. Grill the steak until charred in spots, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. (If it chars too quickly, move the steak to a cooler part of the grill.) Transfer to a cutting board. Let rest for 10 minutes. Slice the steak thinly against the grain. Serve with the salsa and tortillas.