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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1][2] Some recipes incorporate beer into the marinade. It can be chopped so it is more easily put into tacos and burritos.

As an ingredient

Carne asada can be served as a main dish but it is also commonly chopped up and used as an ingredient in other dishes.[1] The following is a list of popular dishes that use carne asada as a main ingredient:

As an event

In Latin America and the American Southwest, the phrase "carne asada" can also be used to describe a social event, the equivalent of a social barbecue, where family and close friends gather.[1][2]


See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Carne Asada". ifood.tv. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Carne Asada - This Latin American Tradition is Much More Than Just a Meal