Through 15 years of testing(!!!), we’ve come up with this unique blend of traditional Mexican spices.
Carne Asada Recipes
All our 5-star rated San Diego-Style carne asada recipes utilize this spice mix as the basis:
Check out our “What To Serve With Tacos” or “what to serve with carne asada” guides for side dish ideas!
Carne Asada Seasoning Recipe
This Mexican steak seasoning mix requires 8 different spices, however many you probably already have in your pantry. Each plays an essential part in the flavor, so try not to omit any, if possible:
- Garlic Powder
- Garlic Salt
- White Pepper
- Chili Powder
- Mexican Oregano
- Ground Cloves
Low Sodium Version
Looking for a low sodium carne asada rub? Just omit the salt altogether and add, to personal preference, after the meat is cooked.
Carne Asada Marinade
Prefer a marinade over a dry rub? This spice rub can easily turn into a marinade. Visit our Carne Asada Marinade post for details!
How To Season Steak
Season your big slab o’ beef as you would steak. Pat dry with a paper towel, coat in olive oil followed by a healthy dose of spice mix. The recipe below is for two 1 lb pieces of meat. Double or half as needed.
Marinate the meat for at least 2 hours, up to 24 hours, to ensure flavor absorption. The longer it marinates in that time frame the better.
Store the spice mix in an airtight container, for up to 6 months.
This dry rub can easily be adjusted to your taste buds and spice cabinet components. Here are a few common variations:
- If you can’t find Mexican Oregano, traditional Mediterranean Oregano is just fine.
- Don’t have white pepper? Just use regular black pepper.
- If you’re into an earthy and smoky flavor, replace the Chili Powder with equal parts Ancho Chili Powder.
Best Carne Asada Seasoning
Carne asada seasoning is an essential part of Mexican cuisine, transforming ordinary steak into a flavorful and unparalleled mouthwatering dish.
All seasoning mixes aren’t the same, however. While our spice mix ingredient list is longer than other recipes, the payoff is worth it. We know carne asada.
Carne Asada Seasoning
- ¾ tbsp garlic salt
- ½ tbsp dried Mexican oregano
- ½ tbsp chili powder
- 1½ tsp white pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp coriander
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves
- Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an air tight container for up to 6 months.