How Much Carne Asada per Person

Planning Your Carne Asada Menu

Carne asada is one of those dishes that everyone loves. But it’s not always easy to figure out how much meat to buy.

There are different cuts of beef that vary widely in price. And there are lots of ways to cook it. So we put together a handy guide to help you plan your next carne asada dinner party. You can also serve chips with them.

How Much Carne Asada Per Person?

How much carne asada should I serve at my next Mexican fest?

This question has been asked before, and we’re going to answer it again today.

We’re going to give you some tips on planning your carne asada menu, including what size serving sizes to use, how to make sure you don’t go overboard, but have enough for everyone.

For A big group plan on 8 oz (1/2 lb) per person of Carne Asada.

– A good rule of thumb is to also buy about 12 oz of uncooked meat per person. While this might sound like a lot to some people it ensures you can have people satisfied and likely provide seconds to some people.

What is Carne Asada?

Carne asada literally translates into “grilled meat.” Originating in Latin America and Mexico, carne asada refers to a type of beef cooked over a charcoal fire, usually on a flat surface such as a griddle. In addition to being delicious, carne asada is very common in Mexican cuisine.

The term carne asada can refer to either the entire meal or just the main ingredient. When referring to the whole meal, carne asada typically includes rice, beans, tortillas, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime juice, salt, pepper and oregano.

In terms of ingredients, carne asada often consists of slices of beef, sometimes seasoned with spices like garlic, onion, black pepper, coriander, chili powder, paprika or cumin (even bacon). Sometimes, the meat is marinated in a mixture of oil, vinegar, lemon juice, soy sauce, and seasonings.

You can easily prepare carne asada at home when having a lot of people over.

A Table Of Exact Amounts Of Carne Asada 

How Much Carne Asada per Guest Do You Need to Feed 10 People?

  • If Carne Asada is your only protein dish serving 1/2 lb per person is the right amount. This means 5lbs for 10 people.
  • To allow for shrinkage during cooking buy 7.5 pounds of uncooked meat.
How Much Carne Asada per Guest Do You Need to Feed Lots Of People
How Much Carne Asada per Guest Do You Need to Feed Lots Of People

How Much Carne Asada for Each Person Do You Need to Feed 20 People?

  • If Carne Asada is your main protein  – make 10 lbs of Carne Asada for 20 people.
  • To allow for shrinkage during cooking buy 15lb pounds of uncooked meat.

How Much Carne Asada for Each Person Do You Need to Feed 40 People?

  • If Carne Asada is your main protein – make 20 lbs of Carne Asada for 40 people.
  • To allow for shrinkage during cooking buy 30 lb pounds of uncooked meat.

How Many Servings Do You Need?

Next, calculate how big your portions are. We recommend buying a whole piece of meat and cutting it into individual servings. This way, when you cook the meat it will all be the same size and cook more evenly.

Calculate Portion Sizes

To make sure you don’t end up with leftovers, divide the total weight of the meat by the number of guests. Then multiply that number by the portion sizes above. 

Again we recommend budgeting on 8 ozs of Carne Asada for each person at a BBQ or large family gathering.

For example, how many people do 5 pounds of meat serve with Carne Asada? Allow for shrinkage it should feed between 8-10 folks, depending on how hungry people are.

Tips For How To Select Meat For Carne Asada
Tips For How To Select Meat For Carne Asada

Tips For Selecting Meat For Carne Asada

– In general, the leaner cuts make more healthy servings while slightly fattier cuts make better tasting portions.

– You can serve a variety of cuts depending on how much food you want to prepare.

– If you plan to serve a large amount of food, you might consider ordering extra cuts of beef.

– If you don’t know exactly how many people will attend, you can always buy more than you think you need and freeze and leftovers

– The best way to cook beef is over medium heat.

– Remember that cooking times vary according to the size of the cut.

How Much Carne Asada Meat per Person Do You Need to Feed 6 People?

There are different kinds of carnes asadas. Some are grilled, some are fried, and others are pan-fried. But what do you use to cook it? How much does each person eat? And how many pounds of raw meat do you need to make enough for six people?  You will need about 4 lbs of uncooked meat for 6 people and 3 lbs of cooked meat.

How To Make Carne Asada Go Further

Adding Beans/Rice

The easiest way to make it serve more people and a healthy meal are by adding beans or rice. This is because it takes less time and effort compared to cooking meat. Plus they are much cheaper. If you want to add some flavor to your food, you can add spices like salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic, onion, etc. These ingredients will give your dish a different taste.

Carne Asada Recipe For A Crowd

This recipe is one of my favorites because it tastes great and you don’t even have to go to the grocery store – just use what you already have. 


  • 1 pound beef flank steak
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Oregano
  • Lemon juice


Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Place meat in a baking pan and rub with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for about 5-10 minutes per side, depending on thickness. Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice into strips and serve. Garnish with lemon wedges and cilantro.

How to Store Leftover Carne Asada

Leftover carne asada can be kept in the refrigerator for up to seven days. You can wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container. If you want to keep it longer, freeze it in portions no larger than one pound.

What To Serve With Carne Asada Tacos

Of course, tacos need all the usual suspects like pinto beans, black beans, refried beans, rice, salsa verde, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickled jalapeños, and whatever else you want to add. But what about those toppings that are just too delicious to pass up?

Here are some ideas for things to put on top of your carne asada tacos.

  • Coleslaw
  • Fresh Limes
  • Sliced Onions
  • Tomato Salsa
  • Potato Salad
  • Guacamole
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Refried Beans
  • Pickled Jalapenos
  • Avocado
  • Black Bean Dip
  • Mexican Beef Taco Salad
  • Beef Taco Salad
  • Baja Fish Tacos

Too Easy!

In conclusion, Carna Asada is a delicious dish from Mexico that combines beef with herbs, spices, salsa, onions, peppers, and cilantro.