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Carne Asada Platter

Are you craving restaurant-quality carne asada? Save yourself a trip and make your own carne asada platter with perfectly grilled steak, refried beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, and seared vegetables. We serve ours with Mexican rice.

Carne asada platter on a plate.

Why We Love This Recipe

Growing up in the Southwestern United States, I was privileged to eat the food of some of the best Mexican chefs and home cooks. Moving to the South, finding Mexican food isn’t impossible (shout out to Guanajuato in Durham, North Carolina), but it’s not as easy as it used to be. With this fully loaded carne asada platter, you can make a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your kitchen.

What You Need to Make this Recipe

  • Garlic: I suggest using eight fresh garlic cloves, but measure with your heart.
  • Jalapeño: If you love jalapeños but crave more spice, leave the seeds and membrane intact when chopping them, or use serrano peppers.
  • Onion: Slice the white onion, then add it to the marinade for the carne asada.
  • Lime: Use the juice from two whole limes.
  • Orange: Flavor the marinade with juice from one fresh orange, or use half a cup of store-bought juice without the pulp.
  • Olive Oil: The oil helps distribute and carry the flavors of the other ingredients. It also keeps the steak moist.
  • Dark Soy Sauce: Dark soy sauce is unlike light or all-purpose soy sauce. Dark soy sauce has a more intense flavor, and the saltiness is perfect for marinating.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Use apple cider vinegar to marinate the steak.
  • Spices: Season the steaks generously with kosher salt and black pepper.
  • Flap Steak: Flap steak, or ranchero de res, is the meat of choice. You can also use skirt steak or flank steak.
  • Beans: Coo black or pinto beans until they are soft and tender. Garnish with cotija cheese for the perfect finish.
  • Platter Ingredients: Finish the platter with shredded lettuce, guacamole, pico de gallo, grilled scallions, seared jalapeños, and Mexican rice.
  • Corn Tortillas: Warm corn tortillas are the best way to enjoy the carne asada platter. Check out these tips and tricks for how to heat corn tortillas.

How to Make a Carne Asada Platter

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

For the Carne Asada:

Step 1: Combine crushed garlic, sliced jalapeño, sliced onion, lime juice, orange juice, olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a resealable bag. Add the steaks and seal it. Combine it with the marinade and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Steak marinating.

Step 2: Preheat the grill by setting all burners on high for about 10 minutes. Remove the steak and discard the excess marinade. Cook for 7- 10 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the meat.

Steak cooking on the grill.

Step 3: Remove from heat and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Steak grilling on the grill.

For the Platter:

Step 4: Grill the jalapeños and scallions with the carne asada. Cook the jalapeños for 3-4 minutes over the flame. Flip and move to indirect heat. Continue cooking for 5 minutes. Then, remove them from heat and set them aside.

Jalapeños grilling on grill.

Step 5: Add the scallions to the grill and cook for 2 minutes. Flip and cook for 1 minute, and set them aside.

Scallions grilling on the grill.

Step 6: Add the pinto beans to a saucepan and cook over medium heat until they soften.

Black beans cooking in a saute pan.

Step 7: Prepare Mexican rice, homemade guacamole and pico de gallo or buy them from the store.

Fresh pico de gallo is ready to serve.

Step 8: Spoon the beans onto the platter and top them with cotija cheese. Add one scoop of Mexican rice, shredded lettuce, guacamole, and pico de gallo. Arrange the carne asada onto the plate and finish with a few grilled scallions and a jalapeño. Serve with warm corn tortillas, and enjoy!

Carne Asada Platter on a tray.

Expert Tips

  • Let the steak marinate for at least 30 minutes, but 1-2 hours in the refrigerator is best.
  • Get your cooking surface very hot. You want the meat to develop a nice sear, so use a hot grill as I do, a grill pan, or a cast iron skillet.
  • Cook the meat quickly over high heat. Carne asada cooks fast. If using thin meat like skirt steak, I recommend only 2-4 minutes per side; resist the urge to move it around too much, or it won’t get a nice char.
  • Since carne asada plates have so many components, I like to prepare some elements ahead of time, like pico de gallo, guacamole, and Mexican rice. On the day of, grill the steak and vegetables and cook the beans.

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Carne asada platter on a plate.

Serving Suggestions

In case you need help deciding, here are the best side dishes for carne asada:

What to do With the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate – Store leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  • Freeze – Let the steak cool, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container or bag. The meat for the carne asada platter will freeze for 2-3 months.
  • Thaw – Defrost the steak in the fridge overnight.
  • Reheat – Wrap the leftover steak in foil and warm it in the oven or reheat individual servings in a skillet on the stovetop.
  • Repurpose  If you have leftover steak, there are many ways to repurpose it! Of course, tacos are my go-to, but why not switch it up? Make quesadillas by melting cheese and the leftover steak, or try a hearty burrito bowl. And if you’re feeling snacky, whip up sheet pan nachos or cheesy carne asada fries.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best meat for carne asada?

You will need thinly sliced beef to make a carne asada platter. For the best results, visit your local carniceria to purchase flap steak or ranchera de res. Apart from a carniceria, I have only been able to find non-marinated flap steak at Costco (big win) or Whole Foods, but it’s usually quite expensive. here in the U.S. Out of the two – I recommend skirt steak.

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Carne asada platter on a plate.

Carne Asada Platter

Tressa Jamil
Make your own restaurant-style carne asada platter with perfectly grilled steak, Mexican rice, refried beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, and seared vegetables.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 Plates
Calories 388 kcal
Ingredients
  
For the Carne Asada Marinade:
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds and stem removed, sliced
  • ¼ white onion, sliced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, coarse ground
  • 2 pounds flap steak, or ranchero de res, ½-inch
For the Platter:
  • 2 cans refried black beans or pinto beans
  • ½ cup cotija cheese
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 8 scallions, grilled with the carne asada
  • 4 jalapeños, grilled with the carne asada
  • 8 corn tortillas
Instructions
 

For the Carne Asada:

  • Combine crushed garlic, sliced jalapeño, sliced onion, lime juice, orange juice, olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a resealable bag. Add the steaks and seal it. Combine it with the marinade and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat the grill by setting all burners on high for about 10 minutes. Remove the steak and discard the excess marinade. Cook for 7- 10 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the meat.
  • Remove from heat and let it rest for 10 minutes. Slice the beef against the grain.

For the Platter:

  • Grill the jalapeños and scallions with the carne asada. Cook the jalapeños for 3-4 minutes over the flame. Flip and move to indirect heat. Continue cooking for 5 minutes. Then, remove them from heat and set them aside. Add the scallions to the grill and cook for 2 minutes. Flip and cook for 1 minute, and set them aside.
  • Add the pinto beans to a saucepan and cook over medium heat until they soften.
  • Prepare Mexican rice, homemade guacamole and pico de gallo or buy them from the store.
  • Spoon the beans onto the platter and top them with cotija cheese. Add one scoop of Mexican rice, shredded lettuce, guacamole, and pico de gallo. Arrange the carne asada onto the plate and finish with a few grilled scallions and a jalapeño. Serve with warm corn tortillas, and enjoy!
Notes
Expert Tips:
  • Let the steak marinate for at least 30 minutes, but 1-2 hours in the refrigerator is best.
  • Get your cooking surface very hot. You want the meat to develop a nice sear, so use a hot grill as I do, a grill pan, or a cast iron skillet.
  • Cook the meat quickly over high heat. Carne asada cooks fast. If using thin meat like skirt steak, I recommend only 2-4 minutes per side; resist the urge to move it around too much, or it won’t get a nice char.
  • Since carne asada plates have so many components, I like to prepare some elements ahead of time, like pico de gallo, guacamole, and Mexican rice. On the day of, grill the steak and vegetables and cook the beans.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Plate | Calories: 388 kcal | Carbohydrates: 26 g | Protein: 30 g | Fat: 20 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10 g | Trans Fat: 0.4 g | Cholesterol: 80 mg | Sodium: 1681 mg | Potassium: 710 mg | Fiber: 6 g | Sugar: 6 g | Vitamin A: 702 IU | Vitamin C: 24 mg | Calcium: 115 mg | Iron: 3 mg
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