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Margarita Carne Asada

My husband and I love Mexican food! We even had Mexican food for our wedding! A favorite of ours is margarita carne asada.

Traditional carne asada takes a long time to make; I don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen. This is my fast, frugal, and fabulous process of making carne asada.

  • Buy your carne asada, I buy it in bulk at Costco for $4.99/lb. This works out to about $5.66 per dinner.

  • I use a food scale to weigh and evenly divide the carne asada. I bought this food scale at Walmart for $9.99.

  • A portion of protein is 4oz. I always have at least 4 portions in each bag so my husband or I can have the leftovers for lunch the next day.

  • Pour your marinade into the freezer bags. I don’t take the time to measure the ingredients. I would estimate I use about 1 c margarita mix, 2 tbs Tapatio, 2 tsp Tajin Seasoning, 2 tbs minced garlic, and 1/2 c lemon juice. Yes, I put margarita mix in the marinade! The acid and sugar in the mix tenderizes the meat and creates a delicious flavor.

  • Carefully seal the freezer bags to remove the air and mix up the meat and marinade. I always label everything in the freezer with the date.

  • Put the carne asada in the freezer. I take the carne asada out the night before I plan on having it for dinner. I let it defrost in the fridge, where the meat can continue to marinate.
  • Grill the meat for about 5 minutes per side.

Give this fabulous and frugal dinner a try! You will love how quick and easy it is to prepare and the delicious flavors!

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