Carne Asada Recipe | Air Fryer Carne Asada

Air Fried Carne Asada

Ever wonder what goes into an authentic Carne Asada recipe? Well I can promise you it’s a lot more simple than you would think! Try this delicious Air Fryer Carne Asada for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Air Fried Carne Asada

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Why You Have To Try This Carne Asada Recipe

  • Fast. Not counting the time it takes to marinate your steak, this Carne Asada recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes.
  • Easy. Marinate, pop in the air fryer, and serve!
  • Low Carb. Only 1 carb per serving.
  • Delicious. This tastes just like your favorite Chipotle Carne Asada meat.

What Is Carne Asada?

Carne = meat and Asada = roast, or broiled, or grilled–or in my case, air fried. There are many ways to make carne asada and they all vary by region. I’ve played with several different marinades over the years, but I keep coming back to this one.

What Cut Of Meat Is Asada?

Traditionally, you’d use either flank steak or skirt steak. These are fairly heavily marbled but also somewhat stringier cuts.

In this Air fried Carne Asada recipe, I used skirt steak. Mainly because that’s what I had. I actually had THREE POUNDS of skirt steak due to a mistake on my grocery list. But hey, that just turned into Carne Asada, so who is going to complain?

How To Make Carne Asada In The Air Fryer

  1. Place all ingredients except the skirt steak into a blender and mix until you get a smooth sauce.
  2. Cut the skirt steak into four pieces and place into a zip-top plastic bag.
  3. Pour the marinade on the steak and let the meat marinate for 30 minutes, or for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. 
  4. Set your air fryer to 400F and place the steaks into the air fryer basket. Depending on the size of your air fryer you may have to do this in two batches.
  5. Cook for 8 minutes, or until your steak has reached an internal temperature of 145F. It is critical to not overcook skirt steak, so as to not toughen the meat.
  6. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes.
  7. Slice the steak against the grain and serve.

Tips And Tricks For This Carne Asada Recipe

Many recipes call for orange juice to tenderize the meat and to add a little hint of citrus sweetness to the meat. I never have orange juice at home. What I do have, however, is a Vitamix blender that pulverizes anything into juice.

So I’ve gotten used to using a whole orange in this recipe. I also find that to be less sweet than commercial orange juice and that works better for me in this authentic Carne Asada recipe.

Here are a few more tips and tricks that I use to make this the best Carne Asada recipe:

  • Marinate your meat for AT LEAST 30 minutes to help tenderize your steak.
  • Let your steak rest for AT LEAST 10 minutes so all of the delicious juices aren’t wasted on your cutting board.
  • Cut the meat AGAINST the grain for an even more tender bite.

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Air Fried Carne Asada

Carne Asada Recipe | Air Fryer Carne Asada

Ever wonder what goes into an authentic Carne Asada Marinade? Well, lots of different ways to make an authentic carne asada but here is how I made mine, and then I made Air Fried Carne Asada for a quick dinner. You can make carne asada tacos–if there’s any meat left over that is, because at our house, it was all we could do to wait until the pictures were taken before we dug in.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Marinate Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Course: Main Courses

Cuisine: Mexican

Keyword: Air Fryer Carne Asada, Carne Asada, Carne Asada Recipe

Servings: 4

Calories: 330kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients except the skirt steak into a blender and mix until you get a smooth sauce.

  • Cut the skirt steak into four pieces and place into a zip-top plastic bag.

  • Pour the marinade on the steak and let the meat marinate for 30 minutes, or for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. 

  • Set your air fryer to 400F and place the steaks into the air fryer basket. Depending on the size of your air fryer you may have to do this in two batches.

  • Cook for 8 minutes, or until your steak has reached an internal temperature of 145F. It is critical to not overcook skirt steak, so as to not toughen the meat.

  • Let the steak rest for 10 minutes. Don’t rush this stage.

  • Slice the steak against the grain (this part is important) and serve.

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Nutrition

Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 19g

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Originally Published March 21, 2018

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