Thursday, December 26, 2013

Easy Carne Asada Recipe

I leaned this recipe from a friend of mine named Kristy, she was a stay-at-home mom and a great cook.  We started making this in our home quite a bit, just because its so simple, and just as good (if not better) than take-out!

Easy Carne Asada

3 lbs Carne Asada beef (or boneless, skinless chicken pounded flat)
3 cups vegetables sliced (any you like-- we prefer green onion, bell pepper, and squash)


¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp Chef Merito (or Melissa’s) Carne Asada seasoning (available in Mexican Markets)
1 tsp Callieri (or Melissa’s) “Cimichurri” seasoning (available in Mexican markets)
½ tablespoon water
1 tablespoon lime juice
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Combine marinade ingredients in a large bowl.  Blend the vegetables into the  mixture, and then the meat, until everything is thoroughly coated in the marinade.  Cover and marinade in the refrigerator a minimum of 15 minutes or longer, but preferably overnight (the longer it marinades, the better the flavor will be and the more the meat will become tender).

Take the meat out, leaving the vegetables behind.  Grill the meat on both sides, until done.  Set a hot plate over the grill, and cook the vegetables until tender.

Serve meat and vegetables hot, with warm (or toasted) corn or flour tortillas, and your favorite condiment  (such as sour cream, guacamole, salsa, etc.). 

Melissa’s carne asada seasoning mix:
3 tsp mild chili powder (McCormick is best)
1 tsp meat tenderizer
1 tsp dried minced garlic
½ tsp dried rosemary, crumbled
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano, crumbled
2 tsp ground paprika

Melissa’s chimichurri seasoning mix:
4 tsp Parsley
2 tsp Basil
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp crushed dried red peppers
1 tsp minced dried garlic

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