GamerKitchen: Paleo Grilled Latin Steak

An incredibly healthy meal that doesn't lack in flavor.

Perhaps it's the connection to the word carnivore, but carne asada sounds like the manliest way to prepare a steak, don't you think? It means “grilled meat” and is a Mexican style of marinating and then grilling steak. Usually the meat used is a less expensive cut like skirt or hanger steak, which is easy on the wallet and is transformed with a flavorful marinade.

I've decided to share this recipe with you because I've received a number of requests for Paleo recipes, and I know that following a particular diet or dealing with a food intolerance can be tough, especially when hanging out with friends who don't share your gastronomical preferences. Should I eat the potato salad that might have a soy-based mayonnaise? Do I blow my diet off for the day to avoid starving for rest of the evening? Can I eat my burger sans bun without getting too many weird looks? Well, put those worries behind you Paleo eaters – this is a perfect recipe to prep and take along to your next BBQ.  It's in-line with the Paleo way of eating and it's sure to cause many empty plates to line up when you take the meat off the grill.

For those of you wondering what exactly this Paleo diet is that I keep referencing, well, it's a way of eating that avoids most (if not all) processed foods. Grains, refined sugars, legumes, and diary are avoided, while fruits, vegetables, nuts and animal proteins are promoted. There's also a big emphasis on eating saturated fat, mostly from animal sources, while avoiding some plant-based oils. (Although there are variations within the Paleo-eating community about what exactly is and is not okay…but all seem to agree that animal proteins are of utmost importance.) These websites (one) and (two) do a much better job explaining it than me!

In this recipe, we prepare a delicious marinade with loads of Latin flavors. Next we grill the steak and serve it with freshly made pico de gallo – a simple salsa which complements the savoriness of the beef. I also show you how to quickly cut and slice an avocado, which pairs nicely with the steak and is one of those good sources of saturated fat.

It doesn't matter if you follow the Paleo lifestyle or not, this recipe is straight forwardly flavorful and definitely deserves a place on your BBQ grill. Let us know how it goes by tweeting a picture to @primermag #gamerkitchen!

Need a hard copy of the recipe when cooking?  Print it here.

Luke Bryce reviews games at Leisure Gamer Network. He also makes videos, teaches cooking classes and rides an old blue bicycle. Follow him on Twitter, @lukebryce.


  • Reply August 22, 2012


    Another great gamer recipe. I don’t do paleo but try and maintain a meat and veggie diet with minimal carb consumption which being latino is always difficult lol. Keep up the great work here and it LG.

  • Reply August 24, 2012


    @Rich Thanks! Yeah, I don’t do full on paleo either, but I was hoping it would benefit those that are. Oh yeah, how is your diet/lifestyle going? If you ever have any recipes that you really like send them over on YouTube or on twitter, I’ll take a look and maybe even make an episode out of them!

  • Reply August 26, 2012


    I’m interested in trying this recipe but I don’t have a charcoal grill at home. Is it possible to grill the steak with a foreman grill?

  • Reply August 27, 2012


    This is great. In addition to being a big proponent of the Paleo Diet, this recipe is also pretty darn authentic. I’m from a Mexican family, and this is pretty much our favorite thing to cook 🙂

    Now, I don’t do full-on paleo, as I really enjoy (RBST-free) dairy, but seriously, you’ll be amazed how much BETTER you feel after a few days on it. It’s easy to not realize that most Americans CONSTANTLY have their blood sugar spiked. These days, when I have the occasional sugary food, MAN do i feel my blood sugar spike! It saddens me to realize that I literally spent DECADES with that horrible feeling of spiked blood sugar, but was completely desensitized to it by my government-sponsored carb addiction.

  • Reply August 27, 2012


    @El – Oddly enough, I’ve never cooked with a Foreman grill before, but I assume it would definitely be possible with this recipe. I hear of people cooking steak on the Foreman. You could also simply saute it in a skillet or some skillets have raised ridges to add grill marks to meat. Then you can stick that pan into an oven to finish cooking. Granted the pan can’t have any plastic that would melt in the oven. (Sorry if that was obvious). Hit me up on twitter or message me on YT if you want more help with the recipe El!

    @Ricardo – Glad to get the authenticity down! I want to do more Mexican dishes, so if you have any family favorites, please share! I don’t do full-on Paleo either, but I know exactly what you mean about feeling crappy on certain traditional foods. It is pretty sad that so many don’t feel their best simply because of diet and so many think that is just how a person is “suppose” to feel. I know I’ve certainly had to re-educate myself in food.

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