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Carne asada

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Carne asada
Alternative namesAsado
Region or stateLatin America
Serving temperatureTypically Warm
Main ingredientsBeef

Carne asada is grilled and sliced beef, usually skirt steak, flap steak, or flank steak though chuck steak (known as diezmillo in Spanish) can also be used. It is usually marinated then grilled or seared to impart a charred flavor. Carne asada can be served on its own or as an ingredient in other dishes.

The term carne asada is used in Latin America and refers to the style of grilled meat in those countries. In South America, the term used for grilled meat is asado and it has a different style and preparation.


Carne ranchera can be purchased from meat markets either prepared (preparada, i.e., already marinated) or not (no preparada), for marinating at home.[1] The meat is characteristically marinated in lime juice, salt, and Mexican seasonings, but may also be simply rubbed with salt or spice rubs such as lemon pepper, before grilled.[1][2] After grilling it is typically chopped for filling tacos and burritos, which also minimizes toughness. Once grilled, it is called carne asada.

As an ingredient[edit]

Carne asada can be served as a main dish, but it is also commonly chopped up and used as an ingredient in other dishes.[1] These popular dishes use carne asada as a main ingredient:

As an event[edit]

In Mexico and other countries in Central America, the phrase carne asada can also be used to describe a social event, the equivalent of a social barbecue, where family and close friends gather.[1][2] Carne asada is especially popular in northern Mexico, where it is considered a staple food. It is the most common dish served at parties, celebrations, and other events in northern Mexico.[3]


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  1. ^ a b c d "Carne Asada". ifood.tv. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Carne Asada – This Latin American Tradition is Much More Than Just a Meal". Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
  3. ^ "Weekends have a carne asada smell to them". Mexico News Network. Archived from the original on 20 March 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2018.