When it comes to authentic Mexican cuisine, few dishes capture the flavor and tradition as perfectly as carne asada. This delectable meat dish, featuring marinated beef that’s typically served with tortillas, salsa, and other flavorful ingredients, is a staple of Mexican street food. In honor of this delicious dish, one of your favorite Mexican restaurants, Mi Jalisco, is dedicating this blog to all things carne asada, from its history to its various serving styles!
The History of Carne Asada
Carne asada, which translates to “grilled meat,” has deep roots in Mexican culinary history. It’s believed to have originated in the northern regions of Mexico, particularly in states like Sonora and Chihuahua, where cattle ranching was prevalent. The concept was simple: thinly sliced cuts of beef, typically flank or skirt steak, were marinated and grilled. Over time, this dish evolved into a beloved Mexican tradition.
The key to carne asada’s remarkable flavor lies in its marinade, which can vary based on regional and personal preferences. However, a typical marinade will include freshly squeezed lime or orange juice to help tenderize the meat.
The marinade also includes crushed or minced garlic, chopped cilantro, and spices like cumin, paprika, and oregano. Whether dried or fresh, chiles like jalapeños or serranos provide the signature heat and can be catered to one’s preferences. Marinating the meat for several hours or even overnight allows these flavors to meld, creating a delectable taste sensation.
Various Serving Styles
Carne asada is incredibly versatile and can be served in various ways. Carne asada tacos are perhaps the most well-known way to enjoy this dish. The thinly sliced meat is often placed on warm tortillas and garnished with salsa, onions, cilantro, and sometimes guacamole.
Carne asada is also great in burritos or tortas, a Mexican sandwich that also includes beans, avocado, and other various delicious condiments on a crispy roll. In some cases, it’s even served on a player with grilled onions, peppers, and other accompaniments, allowing people to create their own combinations!
Visit One of Your Favorite Mexican Restaurants, Mi Jalisco!
Whether you’re stopping in for lunch or dinner, we have a little bit of everything to satisfy your tastebuds. If you’re looking to explore all of our delicious food options, we encourage you to check out our online menu or order online today! In the meantime, we look forward to dining with you!