Arepa con Carne Asada (Arepa with Colombian-Style Grilled Beef)

Arepa con Carne Asada-Colombia

It was obvious growing up in Colombia that the kitchen was the main part of the house. It seemed that everything revolved around food and mealtimes.

Mamita and my mom were always busy cooking traditional Colombian food. Homemade arepas were made for almost every meal and a jar of aliños sauce was always in the fridge or freezer waiting to be used as a marinade or as a base for soups and beans.

Arepa con Carne Asada was a staple in my house for weeknight dinners or weekend breakfast and it is one of my favorite meals. A simple dish that is easy to prepare and full of flavor.

Buen provecho!



(4 servings)

  • 4 cooked arepas
  • 2 pounds beef skirt, trimmed and cut into 4 equal portions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ cup beer
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro

Carne Asada Colombiana


  1. Mix the chopped onion, minced garlic, scallions, cumin, beer, oil salt and pepper together to make a marinade for the meat.
  2. Rub the marinade on the steaks and let marinate for a bout 3 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. Grill or fry the steaks over high heat to desired doneness, about 3 minutes on each side. To serve, top each arepa with a piece of meat, sprinkle fresh cilantro and serve immediately.
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  1. says

    Erica your carne asada looks delicious and something I can enjoy as diet food. I made something similar last week (kebab) but with minced beef. I would love to try this when I cook beef again.

  2. Deb says

    This sounds great! But you simply must try some Himalayan pink salt. I get mine from Sustainable Sourcing . The flavor is so much better than regular salt! Thanks for sharing this recipe—I can’t wait to try it!

  3. CARLOS says

    Erica que corte de carne en Colombia se podria usa? Gracias y felicitaciones todos los platos se ven deliciosos.

  4. Dora says

    Looks so yummmmyy.. I am going to do this carne asada for Easter, but omitting the arepas. What kind of beer did you use. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  5. Robert says

    I cooked this today and was amazing, thanks Erica. I don’t have a grill so I use an electric grill, those inexpensive ones and tastes the same!

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