Quick Carne Asada recipe from Macheesmo

Quick Carne Asada

Quick Carne Asada - A flavorful spice-rubbed beef flank steak grilled and served over a black bean salad. This makes for a quick and delicious Tex-Mex meal!

I treated myself with one of my favorite Tex-Mex meals for my final real meal before my surgery today.  I actually made this on Monday and then had a bland eating day pre-surgery.

But this Quick Carne Asada is flavorful and delicious and will carry my taste-buds through all the Jell-o that’s in my future!

The good news is that as wonderful as this meal is, it’s super-fast to make.  You can make it on a Wednesday night without too much worry.


Quick Carne Asada

A flavorful spice-rubbed beef flank steak grilled and served over a black bean salad. This makes for a quick and delicious Tex-Mex meal!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex
Servings 4 Servings


  • 2 pound flank steak rubbed
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose rub
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Flour or corn Tortillas

Black Bean Salad:

  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes rinsed
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 avocados diced
  • 2 limes juice only
  • ¼ cup cilantro minced
  • Salt and pepper


  • Rub both sides of flank steak with olive oil, all purpose rub, and red pepper flakes. Let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can rub it, wrap it in plastic and let it sit overnight in the fridge.
  • For black bean salad, just mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Set aside in the fridge until needed.
  • Heat grill on high heat and let heat for 10 minutes to get very hot.
  • Grill flank steak for 5-6 minutes per side for a medium rare steak.
  • Remove flank steak from grill and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Slice flank steak across the grain and serve over black bean salad with flour tortillas.


Serving: 1plateCalories: 632kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 52gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 136mgSodium: 148mgPotassium: 1389mgFiber: 9gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 607IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 114mgIron: 6mg
Keyword Carne Asada, Steak Recipes

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Quick Carne Asada Recipe

Prepping the Steak

Flank steak is one of my favorite cuts of meat to cook these days.  It’s actually getting a bit more expensive in the store because people are catching on to the wonderfulness of it.

It’s still relatively cheap for steak though.

The key to cooking a good flank steak is to cook it super-hot, not to overcook it, and to make sure you give it plenty of flavor to help it out.

For this version, I used my favorite all-purpose rub as a base and then also tossed in some red pepper flakes for a little extra spice.

seasoning for Quick Carne Asada
My favorite rub ever.

Rub the flank steak on both sides with olive oil and then put on a liberal coat of the spice rub and red pepper flakes.

I gave some measurements in the recipe, but honestly I never measure.  I just completely cover the steak.  If you can see a lot of pink, you aren’t using enough!

rubbed beef for Quick Carne Asada
Feel free to go heavy on the rub.

If you have time, I like to rub this and then let it sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.

If you’re crunched for time, then rub it and let the steak sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

As you can see, the rub kind of melts all over the steak which will form a really nice crust when we grill it.  If you don’t let the steak rest before grilling then a lot of the rub will just fall off.

rested steak - Quick Carne Asada
After a rest.

The Black Bean Salad

There’s a lot of serving options for this steak.  You could serve it with rice and refried beans.  You could dice it up and put it in tacos.

For this version though, I wanted to serve it over a simple black bean salad.

salad for Quick Carne Asada
Basic bean salad.

For the canned ingredients, drain them and rinse them well.  Then dice up all the veggies and herbs and season them with a pinch of salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.

seasoning the salad - Quick Carne Asada
Salt action shot.

Cooking The Steak

I’m not sure that I would recommend cooking this steak anyway other than on the grill.  It’s just the perfect way to cook it and there’s not really a close second in my mind.

Crank your grill up to high heat and let it get very hot.  Then toss on the flank steak and let it cook, untouched, for about 5-6 minutes per side.

It should get a nice char on it.

grilled steak for Quick Carne Asada
Nice and hot.

5-6 minutes will give you a nice medium rare steak.  Feel free to go longer if you want it medium.  Personally, I don’t recommend cooking flank steak beyond medium because it starts to get tough.

When the steak comes off the grill, let it rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing into it.

Then slice it pretty thinly against the grain of the meat.

sliced Quick Carne Asada
Rested and sliced.

You know the rest.  Pile a few slices of the steak on a big bed of the black bean salad and serve it with some warm tortillas.

It’s one of my favorite meals.

Quick Carne Asada from Macheesmo
A few tortillas help.

Tex-Mex is one of my favorite cuisines and for a quick and relatively healthy dinner, it doesn’t get much better than this Quick Carne Asada in my mind.

18 Responses to “Quick Carne Asada” Leave a comment

  1. Best of luck on a speedy recovery! This sounds delicious, even for tex-mex, so I’ll have to give this one a try. Now if I could just find a flank steak…..

  2. I love everything Mexican! Any carne asada is a good one! Good luck today and praying for your quick recovery!

  3. I’m really enjoying your blog and recipes. Have a swift recovery and enjoy the basketball.

  4. Speedy recovery! I’m looking forward to your freezable recipes. It’s something I try to do regularly and I’m always looking for new ideas.

  5. I am obsessed with flank (or skirt, as we say here) steak at the moment! It’s £9.65 per lb, which is much cheaper than any other type of steak, and it feels like such a treat.

  6. Love Carne Asada, thank you for such a quick and easy recipe! Thinking of you wishing you a speedy recovery!!

  7. Found you from a buffalo burger search. I haven’t read all of the comments you have received, but I imagine you are proposed to often. Let me know when you’re through the list. Day-ammmm.

    1. Ha! Thanks Kim. Surprisingly, I get proposed to very infrequently. This could be because I’m married…

      Still though, the ego boost is appreciated. :)

  8. First thing we grilled this spring …pretty awesome the salad was YUMMY Even
    With me forgetting the garlic. Big thanks from joplin Missouri for all the recipes

  9. On vacation last week we were taken to a Mexican place where I was told they had the best carne asada ever. It was a sore disappointment, bland, fatty, grilled on a flat top and just not impressive.

    I would gladly have preferred yours, Nick. I hope the knee is mending well.

  10. I made the steak and salad this weekend. SO good. Like, with every mouthful, I said, “Ohmygodthisissogood” good.

    Any suggestions for a rub that has a little less “kick”? My 7 year old loves steak, but it was just a little too spicy for him and I had to trim off the crust before he’d eat it.

    Then, again…I did get to eat all those trimmed off edges.

    1. And the black bean salad was delicious, and everyone at my house had seconds. I think it will be even better this summer with fresh tomatoes from the garden.

    2. Sure Michelle. I think if you wanted to tone down the kick I would just 1/2 the chili powder in the rub. A lot of the heat is coming from that.

      You could also apply way less of the rub to 1/4 or 1/2 of the steak and then make that the kid friendly portion. :)

  11. I have read the entire recipe 4 times and I can not find the recipe for the spice rub. It is pretty worthless without the spice rub.

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