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How To Make Carne Asada My Western Heart Style

Cinco de Mayo Carne Asada Recipe

Happy Cinco de Mayo and I hope you enjoy my Carne Asada Recipe! For many years I would celebrate Cinco de Mayo and serve this delicious carne asada. It has been a family favorite for many years, thanks to my dear friend Manny who taught me how to make carne asada many years ago. 

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Ingredients for Cinco de Mayo Carne Asada 

2 pounds of skirt steak, thinly sliced

1 large orange ~sliced

2 limes~ quartered

1  lemon~ thinly sliced

1 bunch of cilantro coarsely chopped

1 red onion~ thinly sliced

1 clove of garlic~ minced

Lawry’s seasoning salt~ This is my secret ingredient, you got to have Lawry’s

1  cup of fresh orange juice, however if you want to do the recipe like Manny you use Sunny D. 

1/2 bottle of beer, my favorite Tecate (You will actually need 2 bottles, ok maybe more.

1 large Ziploc bag

Don't forget your favorite cooking music for me, I love all things country southern rock and more, Pandora does a good mix for me in the kitchen.

How To Make Carne Asada for  Cinco de Mayo

Take your skirt steak, and generously sprinkle both sides with Lawry’s seasoning salt and place in Ziploc 

Next place the remaining ingredients, except 1 slice of lime, in the bag with the meat and give it a good mix. Squeeze the air out of the bag, zip it up tight and place in the fridge.  

Now the important part, take the other  ½ bottle of Tecate or perhaps a few more, the remaining lime slice, put on your favorite music, sit back and relax while this marinade does it’s thang.

I like to keep my carne asada in the fridge for at least 6 hours, turning every 1-2 hours. You could even leave it in the fridge over night, I have done this for my Cinco de Mayo bash, it gives me time to do other things the day of the party.

Once you are totally marinated, I mean once your carne asada is totally marinated it’s time for the grill.

How to Cook Your Cinco de Mayo Carne Asada

Grab another Tecate, some warm tortilla chips and yummy guacamole and head on out to the grill. Celebrate with a friend or loved one! This is not just a recipe it's a celebration!!

By the way, do you need a personalized pint glass? Check out ours, but I am sure you want your own logo or brand, hit me up for a free design

beer drinking while carne asada marinated

Lay your carne asada over a medium heat or coals and give it about 20 minutes to cook, flipping once.

When it is cooked to your liking, remove from heat and cut in thin slices or small pieces.

How to Serve Carne Asada

Have a festive and colorful table set with lots of sombreros and handmade papers flowers. Serve your carne asada with warm flour or corn tortillas, cilantro lime rice, hot cheese topped refried beans and perhaps another Tecate. After all this is Cinco de Mayo, time to party and have a little fun!

Carne Asada Recipe with beautiful table decor

Toppers for Carne Asada

You might want to add

  • fresh lettuce
  • tomatoes,
  • freshly chopped cilantro
  • shredded cheese
  • chopped red onion
  • cucumber
  • fresh salsa

Don’t forget the fresh crispy, ice cold radishes, they go so well with Mexican food. 


There are so many possibilities to using this meat, it can be placed on top of fresh crisp lettuce, served in a warm flour tortilla or alone next to some refried beans and cilantro lime rice. However you choose, have fun and enjoy this recipe from My Western Heart.

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I like to pair this meal with Cilantro lime rice, yummy refried beans topped with hot melted cheese and to wash it all down, my favorite hot summer day beer, Tecate with a slice of lime and a salted rimmed glass. Perfecto!

Would love to hear your comments, drop one below. Let us know how you like to enjoy Cinco de Mayo, we would love to hear.

Until next time, happy, healthy, healthy trails!










Have a festive table set with lots of somberos and papers

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