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Trader Joe's Carne Asada Authentica Seasoned Thinly Sliced Beef Sirloin

Carne Asada Authentica (Seasoned Thin Sliced Beef Sirloin)


Water, Seasoning (Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic, Onion Flakes, Cilantro, Crushed Chiles, Lime Powder, Orange Powder, Cayenne, Ground Cumin, Bell Peppers, Dry Soy Sauce Powder [Soybeans, Salt, Wheat, Maltodextrin {Corn}]).

Made in a facility that processes milk.

Cooking Instructions

Grill quickly over high heat to an internal temperature of 160°F.

Cooking Notes

The instructions on the package were a bit vague, but we found that grilling over high heat for 2 minutes per side (about 4 minutes in total) produced a medium rare steak. This assumes a thickness of about 1/2″ – thicker pieces required more time, thinner pieces required much less.

Nutrition Facts
Varied servings per container
Serving size 4 oz (112g)

Amount per serving
Calories 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
Trans Fat .5g
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 440mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Includes g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 21g

Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 10mg 56%
Not a significant source of vitamin D, or potassium.

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

As huge steak fans, we were excited to give this product a try. We were also a bit skeptical, because one large downside of buying pre-marinated meat is that you can’t really see the meat and chose the best marbling, color, etc. Still, the fact that this dish requires virtually no preparation was a plus.

When we opened the package, the aroma of the spices was fantastic, but as we unrolled the meat, we realized that there were some significant inconsistencies with the size and thickness of the pieces – which made grilling a bit of a challenge. We found it helpful to lay the larger pieces on the grill first, so that by the time all the pieces were on the grill, we could almost immediately flip the smaller pieces to avoid overcooking.

Despite the delicious aroma at the start, we found the cooked Carne Asada to be a bit simplistic in flavor. Sure, there was some heat from the cayenne and chile peppers, but overall the meat was very salty and very peppery – to the point of being overwhelming. We also found the meat to be rather chewy, as if it was only average quality meat. Cutting thinner slices helped the texture.

During our first sampling, we surmised that the meat would be better if incorporated into a taco or burrito – so that the lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, etc. can mellow out the flavor a bit. The next day, we confirmed this by combining some leftover Carne Asada with a piece of Trader Joe’s Middle Eastern Flatbread, their Tzatziki sauce, lettuce and plum tomatoes  – with delicious results.

All told, as a standalone dish, this Carne Asada missed the mark a bit, but if you’re planning to use it as a base for a sandwich, taco, burrito, etc. you likely won’t be disappointed.

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Summary : The intense salt and pepper in the marinade overwhelmed the flavor of the meat, but when thinly sliced into a taco or sandwich along with other ingredients that mellow out the flavor, this Carne Asada hits the spot.

User Rating: 1.75 ( 3 votes)

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