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Carne Asada Burrito

Carne Asada Burrito, a fantastic blend of flavors encased in a warm tortilla, is a beloved Mexican dish that has found its way into the hearts of food lovers globally. The succulent slices of carne asada paired with a variety of fresh and creamy ingredients offer a hearty meal, promising an enjoyable taste with each bite.

The Carne Asada Burrito is a staple in Mexican cuisine, marrying the tenderness of grilled beef with a medley of vibrant flavors. The carne asada element is a spicy, marinated grilled steak that’s cut into strips. This dish is perfect for those who appreciate the authentic taste of Mexico.

Key Takeaways

  • Who this meal appeals to: Lovers of Mexican cuisine, meat enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a hearty meal.
  • Estimated duration: 4 hours (including marination time).
  • Nutrition facts: High in protein, with a balance of carbs from the tortilla and veggies. For more information on calories, check out this article on Carne Asada Burrito Calories.

About this Recipe

Carne Asada, translated as “grilled meat,” is typically made from marinated beef, usually skirt or flank steak. This burrito version wraps up the grilled beef with beans, rice, and other fillings in a large tortilla.

Equipment Required

  • Grill or skillet
  • Mixing bowls
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Large frying pan


For the Carne Asada:

  • 500g skirt or flank steak
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

For the Rice:

  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the Beans:

  • 1 cup cooked black beans or pinto beans

Additional Fillings:

  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese (like cheddar or Monterey Jack)
  • Sour cream (optional)


  1. Marinate the Steak: In a mixing bowl, combine garlic, lime juice, orange juice, cilantro, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Place the steak in the marinade, ensuring it’s well coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  2. Cook the Rice: In a pan, heat the oil and add rice, stirring to coat. Add water and salt, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 18 minutes until rice is cooked.
  3. Grill the Steak: Preheat your grill or skillet. Remove the steak from the marinade and grill each side for about 4-6 minutes or until desired doneness. Let it rest for a few minutes, then slice thinly against the grain.
  4. Assemble the Burrito: Lay a tortilla flat, place some rice, beans, steak slices, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and cheese. Add a dollop of sour cream if desired. Fold in the sides and roll up the burrito.

Side Dishes

Storage Options

Wrap the burrito in foil or plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 2 days. For longer storage, freeze individually wrapped burritos for up to a month. Reheat in the microwave or oven.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Steak: Chicken or pork can be used.
  • Black Beans: Pinto beans or kidney beans.
  • Rice: Quinoa or cauliflower rice for a low-carb option.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Carne Asada Tacos: Use smaller tortillas and omit rice.
  • Carne Asada Salad: Ditch the tortilla and serve over a bed of lettuce with avocado and dressing.
  • Carne Asada Fries: Try this tasty alternative.


The Carne Asada Burrito is a flavorful and filling meal that captures the essence of Mexican cuisine. Whether you’re making it for a weekday dinner or a special occasion, this dish is sure to impress.