Salsa Verde Carne Asada

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Salsa Verde Carne Asada – a low carb tender skirt steak charred to perfection for one authentic mexican dish!

Tender grilled Carne Asada that's marinaded in a homemade Salsa Verde then charred to perfection for one authentic mexican dish! This flavorful low carb Carne Asada will be a hit at your house! Great for a weeknight dinner or dinner parties! #paleo #glutenfree

Tender grilled Carne Asada that’s marinaded in a homemade Salsa Verde then charred to perfection for one authentic mexican dish! This flavorful low carb Carne Asada will be a hit at your house! Great for a weeknight dinner or dinner parties!

I don’t know if I told you guys or not. But a couple of months ago Mike was nominated to be an elder at our church. I was so proud of him. I knew how amazing he was, but to be nominated by the church was such a huge honor.

He was one of 6 men chosen to take on that role at the church. Those men were then vetted by an over arching group to see if they were fit to fulfill that elder role.  After completely that process they have been meeting as a group now for about 4 months.

Tender grilled Carne Asada that's marinaded in a homemade Salsa Verde then charred to perfection for one authentic mexican dish! This flavorful low carb Carne Asada will be a hit at your house! Great for a weeknight dinner or dinner parties! #paleo #glutenfree

One of the things I am passionate about is hospitality and getting groups of people together to help facilitate community. Even though the elders have been meeting for a while, the elders and their wives have not. So I offered to host the entire crew at our house for a night to engage together and just be “us.”

I truly feel like having social time outside of the “formal meetings” is huge and really helps solidify groups. That’s what Mike and I do with the small group we lead and I’d love to be a person that helps foster that with the elder group!

All that to say. Next Friday I’m hosting 14 people at the the house for a dinner party and my mind has been whirling around what to make.

Tender grilled Carne Asada that's marinaded in a homemade Salsa Verde then charred to perfection for one authentic mexican dish! This flavorful low carb Carne Asada will be a hit at your house! Great for a weeknight dinner or dinner parties! #paleo #glutenfree

If I’m being honest, either spoken or unspoken, sometimes I feel pressure on the food front because I am a food blogger. People expect good food when they come here. Normally I’m fine and don’t let the pressure get to me. But for whatever reason this time I’m a little nervous.

I’m trying to figure out a menu that is tasty, not overly complicated, kinda family style but then kinda not.

Ugh.

The main courses and sides I’m still mulling out. But I do know what I’m making for dessert … A Death by Chocolate Trifle. I made it for our July 4th party and it was gone in seconds. It’s basically brownie chucks, chocolate pudding, health bar pieces and homemade vanilla whip cream. It’s a chocolate lovers dream … hence the name.

Tender grilled Carne Asada that's marinaded in a homemade Salsa Verde then charred to perfection for one authentic mexican dish! This flavorful low carb Carne Asada will be a hit at your house! Great for a weeknight dinner or dinner parties! #paleo #glutenfree

Ok. That’s enough of what’s going on in my head. How about we move on today’s recipe?

And in the mean time if you have any fancy but not fancy ideas for a dinner party give me a shout. Mkay?

So. Carne Asada. What is it?

Well, it’s basically a Mexican or Central American dish of grilled and sliced beef. It is usually cooked with a certain amount of searing to give it a deep charred flavor. The marinade is key and most of the time either a flank steak or a skirt steak is used. In today’s case, it’s skirt steak. I find I can get a better char on this piece of meat.

Tender grilled Carne Asada that's marinaded in a homemade Salsa Verde then charred to perfection for one authentic mexican dish! This flavorful low carb Carne Asada will be a hit at your house! Great for a weeknight dinner or dinner parties! #paleo #glutenfree

For the marinade I made a homemade salsa verde by roasting tomatillos, onions, garlic and jalapeños. Then I blended it all up with some fresh cilantro and lime juice. I added half the sauce to a large ziplock bag with the steak. I let it marinade for about 30 minutes. However, if you have the opportunity to do it longer definitely do it. The longer it sits the more flavor the steak will absorb. Plus the acid from the tomatillos and lime juice will help tenderize your meat!

After the marinading process is done, it’s all about the char you can get on the grill. The KEY is making sure your grill is searing hot! As soon as the meat hits the grill it will seize up and then the charring begins. Make sure not to mess with the meat during this time. You want to let it sear the full amount of time on each side. The more “burnt” marks the better!

Remove it from the grill and let it rest 5-10 minutes to let the juices redistribute and then slice into it. Serve this tender carne asada with the remaining salsa verde!

Bon Appetit friends and happy weekend!

Tender grilled Carne Asada that's marinaded in a homemade Salsa Verde then charred to perfection for one authentic mexican dish! This flavorful low carb Carne Asada will be a hit at your house! Great for a weeknight dinner or dinner parties! #paleo #glutenfree

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Salsa Verde Carne Asada

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 40
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10
  • Category: Grilling, Beef, Gluten Free, Paleo,
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

Tender grilled Carne Asada that’s marinaded in a homemade Salsa Verde then charred to perfection for one authentic mexican dish! This flavorful low carb Carne Asada will be a hit at your house! Great for a weeknight dinner or dinner parties!


Ingredients

Salsa Verde:

  • 6-7 tomatillos, husks removed and halved
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 jalapeno, halved (seeds removed if you don’t like spicy)
  • 3 garlic cloves, skins removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper

Carne Asada:

  • 2 lbs. skirt steak

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place tomatillos, onion, jalapeno and garlic cloves on baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until tomatillos are slightly browned.
  6. Remove from oven and place all the vegetables in a food processor or blender. Then add cumin, cilantro, lime juice and salt (to taste) to the blender. Blend until the contents are smooth and looks like salsa.
  7. Add skirt steaks to a large ziplock bag. Pour half the salsa verde in the ziplock with the steak. Close the ziplock and move the salsa around to completely cover the steak. Marinade for 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat grill to medium high heat, approximately 375-400 degrees F.
  9. Spray grill grates with cooking spray or rub down with an olive oil soaked rag.
  10. Place skirt steak on the grill and grill each side for 4-5 minutes or until the internal temperature is 145 degrees F.
  11. Remove from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes.
  12. Slice the steak against the grain and top with remaining salsa verde.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4 oz + sauce
  • Calories: 294
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 124 mg
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 30 g
  • Cholesterol: 68 mg

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Tender grilled Carne Asada that's marinaded in a homemade Salsa Verde then charred to perfection for one authentic mexican dish! This flavorful low carb Carne Asada will be a hit at your house! Great for a weeknight dinner or dinner parties! #paleo #glutenfree

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