Carne Asada with Chimichurri Sauce

This Simple Cooking with Heart recipe is a super delicious Latin American dish of grilled meat paired with a flavorful green herb sauce. If your family or you are steak lovers, this is the recipe for you to make!

Nutrition Facts

Carne Asada with Chimichurri Sauce


217 Per Serving


28g Per Serving


3g Per Serving

Cost Per ServingCost Per Serving

Calories 217
Total Fat 7.1 g
Saturated Fat 2.5 g
Trans Fat 0.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.6 g
Cholesterol 55 mg
Sodium 281 mg
Total Carbohydrate 10 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Sugars 5 g
Protein 28 g

Dietary Exchanges
free, 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat


Servings  6  

For the Carne Asada:

  • 1 1/2 lb strip, skirt, or flank steak (1/2-3/4 inch thick)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground Black pepper
  • 1 lb zucchini (unpeeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
  • 1 lb green beans (ends trimmed, cut in half)
  • Cooking spray

For the Chimichurri Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups flat leaf parsley – wash and remove tough stems, (OK to leave the stems that attach to the leaves) finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro – wash and remove tough stems, finely chopped
  • 3 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey or agave
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground Black pepper


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  1. Dry the steak with paper towels and season with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
  2. Coat a heavy skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium- high heat. When skillet is hot, add the steak, and cook it 2 minutes without turning so it browns.
  3. Using a spatula loosen, lift and flip the steak and cook on the other side for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove the steak from heat and rest under a loose tent of foil for 5 minutes.
  5. While the steak is resting, steam the vegetables.
  6. In a sauce pan with a cover, place 1/4 cup of water and add the zucchini and green beans.
  7. Put the vegetables on high heat and bring to a boil, then lower to low heat and steam for 8-10 minutes. These are done when they are easily pierced with a fork.
  8. Make the Chimichurri sauce by chopping the parsley and cilantro finely, mincing the garlic and combining these in a jar or bowl, with the red wine vinegar, olive oil, water, crushed red pepper (optional), dried oregano, salt and black pepper. Mix well.
  9. Cut meat across the grain into thin strips and place on the plate with the Chimichurri sauce on top and the steamed vegetables on the side.

Cooking Tip: These are lean cuts of beef. Don’t overcook them or they will get tough.

Keep it Healthy: You can steam any seasonal vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower or cook peas in a small amount of water.

Tip: You can always make extra Chimichurri and freeze it for a future meal.

You can also serve this with warm corn tortillas, steamed rice or boiled potatoes.

Tip: Nutrition information for Carne Asada in table.

Nutrition information for Chimichurri Sauce:
Calories  26
Fat 1.6g
Saturated Fat  0.2g
Trans Fatty Acid  0.0g
Poly Fat 0.2g
Mono Fat  1.1g
Cholesterol  0.0mg
Sodium  107mg
Carbohydrates  3g
Dietary Fiber  0.7g
Total Sugars  1g
Protein 0.6g

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