Carne Asada Recipe

Use store-bought pork belly to make a quick, meaty dish.

Aside from serving carne asada over rice, try it in tacos or sandwiches. Use store-bought cooked pork belly to skip on prep time for tenderizing. 

Carne Asada Recipe

Christa Mendiola
Use store-bought pork belly to make a quick, meaty dish.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine South American
Servings 4


Carne Asada Ingredients

  • 1/2 kilo store-bought roasted pork belly slab (liempo)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Cup white onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 Cup fresh orange juice
  • orange zest
  • lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 4 banana (saba variety), sliced in half lengthwise
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium white onion sliced thinly
  • 3 cups cabbage shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper cored and sliced into strips
  • white rice to serve


  • Remove crispy skin from pork. Break skin into 4 pieces and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a skillet. Add onions and garlic; sauté until fragrant. Add cumin, orange juice and zest, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Mix for 1 minute.
  • Add 5 cups water and bring to a boil. Add pork belly slab. Lower heat and simmer until liquid has reduced by ¼. Slice pork and set aside.
  • Make the sweetened bananas: Roll bananas in sugar. Heat oil in a frying pan. Fry bananas until golden. Set aside.
  • Make the sautéed vegetables: Heat oil in a skillet over high heat. Add onions, cabbage, and bell peppers. Sauté for 4 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve pork, bananas, and vegetables on top of rice.
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