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Traeger's Cinco De Mayo Carne Asada

Posted by sbulloch on May 1, 2013

Cinco De Mayo Carne Asada

With Cinco de Mayo coming up, we thought we would give you a delicious new recipe to grill up for your party guests. The beauty of serving Carne Asada for a crowd is the ability your guests have to build their own meal. Serve this delicious thinkly sliced beef on warm tortillas with your favorite toppings from jalepenos to guacamole (our favorite is a squeeze of fresh lime).

We are featuring Traeger's fantastic Carne Asada Marinade, but if you don't have any on hand, check out this fantastic list of Carne Asada Marinades from AllRecipes.com.


Carne Asada


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Marinade Time: 2-4 hours
Cook Time: 8-12 minutes
Recommended Pellets: Mesquite

1 flank steak, 1-1/2 to 2 pounds, or substitute skirt steak
1 cup Traeger Carne Asada Marinade
Juice of 1 lime
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano, preferably Mexican 
1/2 to 1 chile in adobo sauce (optional), minced
Warm flour tortillas for serving
Your favorite salsa (red and/or green), for serving


1. Lay the flank steak in a baking dish large enough to hold it. In a small bowl, combine the Carne Asada Marinade, the lime juice, garlic, cumin, oregano, and chile in adobo sauce, if using. Pour the marinade over the steak, turning to coat, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.

2. When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 450 degrees F (High) and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Lift the flank steak from the marinade (discard the marinade) and pat dry with paper towels. Arrange the steak at a diagonal directly on the grill grate. Grill for 6 minutes, then turn with tongs. Continue grilling for 4 to 6 minutes more. (The exact time will depend on the thickness of your steak, but flank steak is best medium-rare.)

4. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice thinly on the diagonal across the grain. Arrange on a platter. Serve immediately with the tortillas and salsa(s).

Carne Asada Recipe

Traeger's Cinco De Mayo Carne Asada