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That Red Meat Marinade For Carne Asada

Here is an easy marinade that is even better than the Mexican meat market style orange-red carne marinada. The vibrant red color is from the achiote used in the recipe. You can also substitute the sour orange juice for fresh pineapple juice. This marinade is great on beef, chicken or pork.


Simply Mamá Cooks

Red Marinade For Carne Asada


2 oz (56 g) ground achiote

1/2 cup (118 ml) fresh sour orange juice (or fresh pineapple juice)

1/4 cup (60 ml) cooking oil

2 1/2 tsp (10 g) salt

1 to 2 cloves of garlic

2 tsp Mexican oregano

1 tsp whole cumin seeds

25 to 30 black peppercorns

2 tsp onion powder

1 to 2 whole cloves (optional)

1/2 tsp coriander seeds (optional)

3 1/2 to 4 lbs of chicken, beef or pork


1. To a blender add the achiote, sour orange juice, cooking oil, salt, garlic, Mexican oregano, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, onion powder, garlic powder, cloves, coriander seeds and purée well.

2. Pour over meat of choice, combine and marinade for at least 2 to 3 hours.

3. Grill or cook the marinated meat and enjoy.

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RED Marinade For Carne Asada
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