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

by Erica Dinho on September 29, 2011

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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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Juliana September 29, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Erica, your carne asada looks delicious, and nicely paired with the homemade arepas…beautiful meal!
Hope you are having fantastic week :-)


2 Anonymous September 29, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Erica, this looks delicious. I am so wanting to taste this arepa.

Hugs :)


3 Mari @ Mari's Cakes September 29, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Erica this looks delicious. I am so wanting to taste this arepa.



4 Belinda @zomppa September 29, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Oh my gosh, that looks perfect. Perfectly done, perfectly seasoned…except it’s not in front of me to eat….


5 Paola September 29, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Erica, I also live in USA too. I was wondering what kind of beer do you prefer for this recipe?…


6 Ivy September 30, 2011 at 2:14 AM

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.


7 Chris September 30, 2011 at 5:14 PM

This rocks! I love it, Erica.


8 Deb September 30, 2011 at 10:47 PM

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!


9 joanne October 1, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Mmm that beef looks like it’s cooked to perfection!


10 Erica October 11, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Thank you guys!


11 norma October 20, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Ese pedazo de carne esta para chuparse los deditos…..que bueno!


12 Lyndsey@TinySkillet June 8, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Thanks to you Erica, this is my kind of breakfast now! YUM!!


13 CARLOS June 20, 2013 at 8:05 PM

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


14 Erica Dinho June 21, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Carlos, I like to use skirt steak or sirloin.


15 Anonymous June 16, 2014 at 5:31 AM

I know what u mean carlos I live in Colombia I love this dish


16 Kelsea May 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

What kind of beer do you use? Thank you :)


17 Erica Dinho May 5, 2014 at 10:00 PM

I use dark beer (different brands).


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