I recently made a pit stop at Chucks Produce. I was PUMPED to find Painted Hills, Grass-Fed Carne Asada – AND it was NOT marinated!! I quickly purchased 3 lbs. of this beautifully thin cut steak, accepting the challenge to create my own Paleo-fied, non-soy and sugar filled (!!) Carne Asada Marinade. With just the right spice and zesty appeal, a new family fave was born!!

Follow along; see how you can bring whole ingredients to flavorful life. No need for soy. No need for sugar. Stock up on the following goodies and skip Taco Tuesday — it’s time to create your own FIESTA!!

3 lbs. Carne Asada

1 tsp. Cumin

1 tsp. Chili Powder

2 Tbsp. Vinegar

½ C. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Limes, juiced

Handful of chopped Cilantro

4-6 Cloves of Garlic, minced

Salt and Pepper


Place Carne Asada in large Ziploc bag. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients and pour over Carne Asada. Zip up the bag and massage marinade around so that the Carne Asada is well covered. Refrigerate 1-4 hours.


Time to fire up the grill – while preheating, mix yo’self a tasty NorCal Margarita just for kicks! Combine 1 shot of Tequila (or none, if you’d prefer a virgin Margarita), the juice of a lime, lemon, grapefruit and/or orange and top off with club soda. Serve in a salt rimmed glass with ice. YUMM!!!


Grill time for Carne Asada will average 12-15 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time, turn Carne Asada over and brush with remaining marinade. When finished, chop into bite sized pieces.

A perfect partner to Carne Asada is sautéed Peppers, Onion and Garlic in a drizzle of Olive Oil and a dash of Salt. I had these adorable Yellow Cherry Tomatoes I tossed in the last couple minutes of sautéing. How cute is my niece – I quite enjoyed having a pint sized Chef’s Helper!


I served my Carne Asada over a bed of lettuce, topped with sautéed Peppers, Onions & Yellow Cherry Toms. To balance all the flavors, add slices of cool Avocado. To add some extra heat, top with your favorite Salsa.


I’m pleased to report the whole family went back for seconds — even my pint sized Chef’s Helper!!

From my kitchen, to yours… ENJOY!!

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