Spicy Carne Asada Marinade With Beer

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 day 25 minutes
Servings: 5 pounds
I've done a lot of research and have put together an amazing carne asada marinade recipe. Full of flavor, using some beer and fresh citrus, and adding a some heat and smokiness using cayenne jalapeno and smoked paprika. Whether you're cooking it for your family or at a cookout, it's going to be a hit!
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  • 3 large navel oranges
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 2 medium limes
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 whole dried guajillo peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic cloves
  • 12 oz mexican light beer corona or modelo works
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup green onion
  • 1/2 cup white onion
  • 2 whole jalapenos
  • 1-5 pounds flap meat


  • Boil 2 guajillo peppers in a pot or pan of water for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the pepper and place them in a blender with 1/2 cup water and 2 garlic cloves. Optionally, you can add a jalapeno or two to crank up the heat!
  • Blend for about 2 minutes and set aside
  • Squeeze out the orange, lemon, and lime juice into large bowl.
  • Add a bottle of beer, and refrain from drinking.
  • Add chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
  • Pour in the guajillo mixture you made earlier and stir.
  • Add chopped green onion, sliced jalapeno, and chopped cilantro,
  • slice your onion and add into the bowl and stir.
  • place the flap meat into the bowl, of if you're doing a larger batch place into a baking dish and pour the marinade on top. place in the fridge over night.
  • When you're all done marinating and ready to cook, heat up your grill and place the meat on direct heat.
  • Cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side.
  • Serve on tacos with some chopped onion, cilantro, cojita cheese, and a squeeze of lime. And don't forget a beer for the parents! Enjoy