Carne Asada with Grilled Pineapple Salsa Recipe

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carne asada

Are you hungry yet? I’m not normally a red meat lover, but this recipe for Carne Asada is so easy and when it’s paired with refreshing Grilled Pineapple Salsa and baked tortilla chips, you have a perfect summer grilling meal. I picked up all the ingredients for this meal at Smart and Final. I was actually surprised at the great produce section they have! The produce and meats were right in the corner by the front door, and I was literally in and out of there in five minutes.

Smart and FinalThe first thing you’re going to want to do is make the marinade for your steak. Carne Asada is literally “grilled meat” and it’s traditionally made with skirt steak, flank steak or another kind of very thinly sliced steak. The Cattleman’s Finest brand had it labeled as “steak for marinating.” I made the marinade early in the day and put it and the steak in a zipped baggie to hang out for a few hours in the refrigerator.

Carne Asada

    • 1-2 pounds skirt steak or flank steak
    • 1 packet McCormick Grill Mates Steak Seasoning which in essence was cracked pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and tenderizer, so you could do this with your own pantry spices
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    • 2 gloves garlic, peeled and mashed open just a bit
    • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Mix all the ingredient in a bowl and pour into a zipper baggie. Add the steak and let sit in a refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. When you’re ready to eat, grill for about 5 minutes, turning once. This is very thin steak and it cooks quickly, so watch closely!

carne asada on the grill

It’s not the prettiest looking piece of meat, but it tastes SO good! You can serve this with corn or flour tortillas, or just by itself with some rice and beans. OR….you can top it with Grilled Pineapple Salsa like I did here.

carne asada with grilled pineapple salsa

Just look at those colors! Isn’t it gorgeous? This salsa is so light and refreshing but it has that smoky grilled flavor that goes great with anything off the grill. I had some leftover salsa with a chicken fajita pita the next day. It would even be great with fish.

grilled pineapple salsa

Grilled Pineapple Salsa
  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 large onion, cut in half
  • ⅓ of a bunch of cilantro (Chopped)
  • One garlic clove minced or garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Chili pepper flakes to taste.
  1. Peel and trim pineapple, season with salt and pepper and brush with oil.
  2. Place pineapple, peppers and onions on the grill and cook until you have nice grill marks on the pineapple, the onion is getting soft and the peppers are blistered (about 10 minutes)
  3. Remove everything from the grill and immediately place peppers in a zipped baggie to steam them and help remove skins.
  4. Take half of the pineapple and run it through the blender or food processor. Cut the other half into small pieces.
  5. Skin pepper, clean out seeds and chop.
  6. Peel onion and chop
  7. Toss everything into a bowl (don't forget the cilantro and garlic!) and mix well. Chill for 20 minutes and serve with tortilla chips, meat, chicken or fish!

This salsa is a bit labor intensive, but it makes a large amount and goes so well with many other dishes. I made my own tortillas chips by cutting corn tortillas in eighths, brushing them with oil, sprinkling with salt and baking for 10-12 minutes. Overall, this was a very healthy and low-calorie meal without tasting like diet food, that’s for sure!

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I got the recipe for the grilled pineapple salsa from the same lady in our church that makes this delicious Mango Salsa.  The mango salsa is a raw fruit salsa, which you could also do with the pineapple salsa. Instead of grilling, just chop up all the fruits and veggies, hit it with a splash of lime juice and you have another unique flavor to add to the table! (It’s also faster if you are pressed for time) :) No matter what you decide to do, you will not be disappointed with any of these recipes!

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  1. hi does anyone have last month recipe? i believe it was churro with ice cream? if so can some one please forward it to me, please???

    • Are you referring to the last month’s recipe on Smart and Final’s website? It would be best to search that website for the recipe. Good luck!

  2. Pineapple salsa? Yum! This looks like an excellent dish!
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  3. That pineapple salsa on the carne asada sounds absolutely perfect. I’ve grilled pineapple before but never made a salsa out of it so this is going on my must-try list. #client
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    • I hadn’t either, but a lady in our church makes AMAZING Mexican food and she brought it to a luau. I begged both the Mango Salsa and Pineapple Salsa recipes off her :)

  4. This looks really delicious and easy to make! I love recipes that I can make on the grill in the summer :)
    Amy R. recently posted…Guyanese Plait Bread Recipe

  5. Oooh, that sounds so delicious…such a summery meal! Yum!
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  6. I really like the way these look. Once it starts to get hot, I grill outside as much as I can. I’ve even fried stuff on the grill although I don’t recommend it unless you can let the oil cool on the grill before you have to move it.
    LydiaF recently posted…Preparation for A Week of Vegan Before 6 Eating

    • I can’t say I’ve ever fried anything on the grill, but I don’t see why not! :) It’s so nice to get outside to cook and even eat out on the patio!

  7. This salsas look amazing (I don’t eat meat though) and I’m thinking they should be a summer staple. Thanks for posting these.
    gloria kersh recently posted…Mongolian BBQ Seitan

    • I’ve had the salsa on chicken, fish and tortilla chips now and I could almost eat it with just a spoon :)


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