Carne Asada With Cilantro Chutney

BBQ, Mexican | March 29, 2000 | By

carne asada with cilantro chutney

Carne Asada With Cilantro Chutney

Carne asada with cilantro chutney is so simple and easy to make, yet so incredibly delicious. All it is really, is marinated steak—but with the Mexican ingredients and the smoke of the grill, this dish transforms into something magical! I paired this steak with a lovely Cilantro Chutney, just to update it a bit, and boy am I glad I did!

carne asada
We had this dish in Palm Springs for my birthday weekend, and I’m pretty sure the warm sun made this taste all the better!


Recipe serves 5
4 pounds Flat Iron Steak, sliced thin (It’s important to NOT slice the steak into strips, but rather slice them so they are wide and flat, but about 1/4 inch thick)
1/2 large onion sliced into thin rings
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons kosher salt


Place sliced steak in a large bowl or deep platter. Place all remaining ingredients in bowl with meat and mix so that meat is thoroughly mixed with marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator and marinade for a minimum of 2 hours, but 4 hours is best.

Once marinated, spark up the grill, and grill 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until desired doneness. Make sure to grill onions along side the steaks…they’ll add flavor! At this point I always squeeze some more lime juice and sprinkle a little extra salt on the meat.

Cilantro Chutney

cilantro chutney


2 cups firmly packed fresh cilantro sprigs
6 scallions, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons finely chopped small hot green peppers, serrano or thai
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil


Puree all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Slather on carne asada and enjoy!


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    April 1, 2009

    That looks so great and delicious…. perfect for the warmer change in weather.

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    April 1, 2009

    Thanks Natalie! It really was tasty….it’s amazing how simple it is to prepare.

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    April 8, 2009

    Ok YUM!! The chutney looks awesome and I can’t believe the steak’s that easy to cook…

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    April 10, 2009

    That carne asada looks so good! I like the sound of the cilantro chutney.

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    April 10, 2009

    Thanks Amritac and Kevin!

    The chutney really adds a dynamic flavor to meat.

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    November 10, 2009

    Found your site today while searching for a hot ham roll and made it tonight! Congratulations on being featured in Savuer – that's awesome! Love your blog and I'll be a regular reader from now on in!

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    April 26, 2010

    Oh yum! I bet that chutney would be good on chicken too. I'm making that this week!

    Thanks! (and thanks to Saveur for highlighting you)

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    herbal products
    January 5, 2012

    Chutney is a good addition to the meal. You can mix various spices depending on your preference.

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