Carne Asada with Avocado Crema and Pickled Jalapeños

Published on
September 22, 2023
Carne Asada is all about the marinade. Steak marinates with fresh and aromatic flavors, and is then grilled. This results in a flavorful piece of beef you can eat plain, in a taco, burrito, or anything else you can think of.
Carne asada with pickled jalapeños and avocado crema.
Prep Time:
15 Minutes
Cook Time:
20 Minutes
Difficulty Level:

2 # flank steak

5 limes

3 clove garlic, rough chopped

3 ½ teaspoons Adobo Verde, Adobo Oro, or Adobo Pimienta, divided

1 teaspoon sugar

½ cup white vinegar

4 jalapeños

2 avocados

¼ cup sour cream

6 sprigs fresh cilantro

2 scallions, rough chopped

Tortilla shells


1.     In a zip-top bag combine the flank steak with the juice of 3 limes, the garlic, 2 teaspoons Adobo. Turn meat a few times to completely coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.

2.    Meanwhile prepare the pickled jalapeños and avocado crema.

- Pickled jalapeños – In an 8 oz glass jar or microwave safe container, combine sugar and ½ cup water. Cook for 30 seconds or until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the vinegar, jalapeños, and 1 teaspoon Adobo. Seal or cover. This be made 3 days ahead.

- Avocado Crema – In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, add the avocados, sour cream, juice and zest of 1 lime, cilantro, scallions, and ½ teaspoon Adobo. Process until smooth. For a thinner sauce add 1-2tablespoons of water.

3.    Let meat come to temperature at least 30 minutes before cooking. Drain and discard the marinade. Use a paper towel and pay dry the meat. This will remove moisture and produce a great sear.

4.    Prepare grill to high.

5.    Grill the steak about 6 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature is 130ºF. This is for medium-rare.

6.    Let the steak rest at least 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with pickled jalapeños, avocado crema, lime wedges, and tortilla shells.

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