Chipotle Carne Asada

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Let’s master Chipotle’s Carne Asada right in our kitchen, and guess what? We’ll make it even tastier than Chipotle’s! This steak is bursting with juice and just the right amount of spice. Whether you want it in tacos, burritos, nachos, or a salad, it’s sure to bring loads of flavor!

Chipotle Carne Asada

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course


  • 1 pound flank or skirt steak
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder add more for extra kick
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter


  • In a big bowl, combine olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, soy sauce, white vinegar, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, black pepper, and cilantro.
  • Whisk everything together to create a marinade. Taste and adjust any flavors to your liking.
  • If using flank steak, slice it in half with the grain to create 2 thin steaks instead of 1 thick one.
  • Place the steaks into the marinade. Cover and let them sit for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat your skillet or grill over high heat.
  • Remove the steak from the marinade and let the excess drip off. Place it on a cast iron skillet. Sear until one side is browned, about 4 minutes. Flip it over, add butter to the skillet, and sear the other side until browned for about 4 minutes.
  • If you prefer your steak less rare and more done, bake it at 400°F until it reaches your desired temperature. Alternatively, lower the heat on the stove and cook it for 1 to 2 more minutes on each side for more doneness.
  • Let the steak rest for 8 minutes.
  • Slice against the grain into thin strips. Optionally, cube it into smaller pieces for tacos and burritos.
  • Garnish with cilantro, a squeeze of lime, and salt and pepper as needed!
  • Now, get ready to savor the mouthwatering flavors of your homemade Chipotle-style Carne Asada!

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