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Vegan Carne Asada

Juicy, tender and full of flavor, this Vegan Carne Asada will blow you away!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Marinating time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican-inspired
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 442kcal
Author: Nora Taylor




  • 1/2 cup orange juice fresh squeezed is best
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice from about 2 limes
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, minced, seeds removed for less heat
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

For serving


  • Make the seitan steak, but do not make the marinade with the recipe. Instead, use this carne asada marinade.
  • In a large ziplock type bag (wash and reuse after to reduce waste), add all marinade ingredients. Alternatively, use a container with a lid.
  • Once the steaks have steamed, cut them up into slices and add to the bag with the marinade.
  • Seal and squish the bag around to coat. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, overnight preferred, in the refrigerator.
  • Heat a grill pan or cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Place the marinaded seitan steak pieces in the pan, saving the excess marinade. Cook for a few minutes on each side, until a bit blackened. Add a little more marinade right before removing from the pan, for extra flavor.
  • Remove from heat and serve in corn or flour tortillas with toppings of choice. I like chopped white onion, chopped cilantro and crumbled vegan feta (not traditional, but Violife's vegan feta reminds me of cotja cheese!) Enjoy!


  1. Leftovers keep in the refrigerator for about 4 days. Simply reheat in the microwave or stovetop until warm.
  2. Seitan carne asada can be frozen as well.


Serving: 1of 4 servings | Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1212IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 1mg