Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Gluten Free Carne Asada

I don't know about you, but for my wife and I, Mexican food may as well be one of the essential food groups. My taste for Mexican food has certainly been shaped by my wife's Celiac disease. I love all the fresh flavors incorporated into Mexican cuisine as well as the ability to make easy gluten free meals. Here in the Portland area, you can buy meat in the grocery store labeled as carne asada. Other names for carne asada are; skirt steak or flank steak. Carne asada is simply a lean cut of beef sliced very thin. Let the meat marinate for a while and throw it on a hot grill and you are in business for an easy and delicious meal.
Gluten Free Carne Asada:
From Simply Recipes
2-3 pounds of carne asada meat
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2-1 jalapeƱo chile pepper, seeded and minced
1 teaspoon freshly ground cumin seed
1 large handful fresh cilantro, leaves and stems, finely chopped
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 limes, juiced
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
Start by lightly toasting cumin seeds until fragrant. Grind the cooled seeds into a powder. You could also use powered cumin if you don't have whole seeds.
Next, in a large bowl, combine the rest of the marinade ingredients.
Add the carne asada meat to the bowl and thoroughly coat each piece with marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 4-5 hours.
Preheat your BBQ to 375-400 degrees f. Cook each slice of carne asada for 2-3 minutes per side. Carne asada is very thin so be careful not to overcook it and turn it into shoe leather.
Let the meat rest for about 2 minutes and then slice it across the grain. Because the meat is so thin it cools down very fast. So, after slicing the meat, I threw it in a pan on the stove top to reheat. I also sauteed some bell peppers and onions to go with my carne asada.
Wrap it all up in a warm corn tortilla with some fresh salsa verde and sour cream and you have just created a little Mexican masterpiece. Enjoy!!!
For more gluten free meal ideas, visit Linda over at The Gluten Free Homemaker


  1. Brian! It's great to have you back. This looks delicious. I haven't done much with this cut of meat so I think I'll give it a try.

    I also began eating more Mexican food after going gluten free. We are not fans of spicy hot food, but when I make mild versions we really enjoy it.

  2. Brian -
    I am new to your blog as I have gluten sensitivity....and I LOVE this dish - the recipe was super simple! We also had your mac and cheese - another winner! Thanks for creating such excellent food! This really makes going gluten free so easy!!!

    We're making the doughnut muffins tonight! :)

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