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Carne Asada

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

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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.

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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!!!

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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!

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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.

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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!!