Etymologycaro, carnis meaning “flesh” or “meat”. Compare Catalan carn, Italian carne, Portuguese carne.
Carne asada' is a roasted beef dish, literally meaning "roasted meat".
Carne asada is one of the most popular varieties of out-of-door-prepared food in the Mexican/Mexican-American community. The dish is also commonly prepared in the northern parts of Mexico (in the states of Baja California, Coahuila, Sonora,Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas). It can be found as the main ingredient in tacos, tortas, burritos and fajitas, or is simply served as a stand-alone. It is sold at Mexican meat markets called "carnicerias" in the American Southwest; especially those states with Mexican/Mexican-American enclaves.
In Mexico and the American Southwest, the phrase, Carne Asada, when used to describe an event, is the equivalent of describing the social barbecue.
The dish mainly consists of pieces or thin cuts of beef (i.e. flank steak, skirt steak), sometimes marinated, sometimes lightly salted or rubbed with salt, pepper and/or spices, and then grilled. It can be eaten alone, with side dishes, chopped and eaten as tacos, or chopped and used as filler for tortas, burritos, et cetera.
carne in Spanish: Carne asada