Carne asada (literally "flesh/meat/beef" "roast/broiled/grilled") is a Latin American dish of grilled and sliced beef, usually sirloin steak, tenderloin steak or rib steak. It is usually cooked with a certain amount of searing to impart a charred flavor. Carne asada can be served as a main dish or as an ingredient in other dishes. The term carne asada translates to "grilled meat"; the English "roast beef" is so named in Spanish.
Carne asada can be purchased from meat markets either prepared (preparada, i.e., already marinated) or not (no preparada), for marinating at home. The meat can be marinated in many different ways, from simply rubbing with salt to using spice rubs such as lemon and pepper or garlic salt and lime, before being cooked on a grill. Some recipes incorporate beer into the marinade. It can be chopped so it is more easily put into tacos and burritos.
Carne asada can be served as a main dish but it is also commonly chopped up and used as an ingredient in other dishes. The following is a list of popular dishes that use carne asada as a main ingredient: