Growing up we didn’t eat a lot of red meat, so I was never much of a steak person. I usually ordered chicken dishes at restaurants and when I left for college I cooked mostly chicken or fish dishes. My husband changed that for me. He makes the most delicious steaks (seriously!). He learned the secret while he was serving in the Washington, D.C. area. One of the families he served, the Paradas, made the missionaries the most delicious steaks and Buddy asked him what his secret was to such delicious steak. The secret ingredient? Adobo seasoning. This stuff makes the most amazing steaks! (Most grocery stores carry it in the seasoning aisle. I’ve taken a picture of it so you can see what the bottle looks like. You’ll want the one without pepper.)
Every year for my birthday dinner I would ask Buddy to grill me one of those delicious steaks. One year they didn’t have any steaks that were a good price, and he came home with carne asada meat to grill instead. I had never had carne asada before and I thought I was going to be disappointed. Well let me tell you, I was far from disappointed. I loved it so much I now ask for carne asada as my birthday meal. So before I post the steak recipe, I have to share the best carne asada recipe.
I usually buy my meat at Winco, which labels their meat as a carne asada, but it also is listed as a beef bottom round cut. So if your grocery store doesn’t carry it labeled as carne asada, you can ask them to slice up a beef bottom round roast. Most places are happy to do this for you if you ask.
Carne Asada Recipe
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 jalapeños, minced
1 large bunch fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 limes, juiced
1 orange, juiced
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons dried rosemary