Bistec a la Criolla (Colombian -Style Creole Steak)

by Erica Dinho on November 6, 2014

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Bistec a la Criolla ( Colombian -Style Creole Steak) |

This is one of those recipes that many Colombians and I grew up eating at least once a week. Bistec a la Criolla is one of my favorites because I love creole sauces over white rice.

Bistec a la Criolla ( Colombian -Style Creole Steak)

This Bistec a la Criolla Colombiano  is a simple and quick recipe to make and full of flavor. Serve it with white rice and avocado on the side.

Buen provecho!

Bistec a la Criolla ( Colombian -Style Creole Steak)



(4 servings)

  • 2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed and cut into 4 equal portions
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/12 cups hogao

Bistec a la Criolla ( Colombian -Style Creole Steak)


  1. Place the steaks between sheets of wax paper, then pound until each steak is about ¼ inch thick.
  2. Place the pounded steaks in a zip lock plastic bag. Add the mustard, cumin, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper.
  3. Refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. Be sure the steaks are evenly covered.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Place the steaks into the skillet and cook for 3 minutes per side.Add the hogao, cover and cook for 7 minutes more.
  5. Bistec a la Criolla ( Colombian -Style Creole Steak)

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anne February 3, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Looks like it will become a favorite in my house. I have never used skirt steak and have been wanting to.


2 Bo February 3, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Looks really delicious!


3 Sarah Naveen February 3, 2010 at 10:25 AM

oh Wow!! looks super yummy!!


4 KennyT February 3, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Do Colombians eat lots of beef?


5 Erica February 3, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Kenny- We love meat ;-) Beef, Pork, Chicken and Fish.


6 Kira February 3, 2010 at 10:44 AM

mmm love this dish!


7 Kim February 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM

The looks delicious with the sauce and served over rice. Another great photo too:D


8 rebecca subbiah February 3, 2010 at 11:50 AM

oh wow looks divine


9 Kristie February 3, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Looks so yummy!! This is the dish I get whenever my Colombian husband takes the kids and me to the local Colombian restaurant. He and the kids get Bandeja Paisas while I chow down on this meal. Perfect with a glass of Colombiana on the side!


10 Baking is my Zen February 3, 2010 at 2:07 PM

I’ve had this before (without cumin) and it is delicious. Now it’s my turn to make it. Can’t wait to.


11 Erica February 3, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Thank you all for the comments!


12 Sophie February 3, 2010 at 3:47 PM

MMMMM,…lovely food!!!


13 Sandra g February 3, 2010 at 7:03 PM

This looks soooooooo good , can’t wait to try it!


14 Chris February 3, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Oh my goodness, this looks supremely great, Erica! And thanks for linking to hogao because I would have had to google it.


15 Erica February 4, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Thank you guys!


16 maria February 4, 2010 at 6:12 PM

que delicia. definitivamente lo mejor gracias .


17 danielle February 5, 2010 at 10:55 PM

This sounds fantastic! Now I’ll have to look up hogao to see with it is :)


18 Oysterculture February 7, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Yum – looks amazing! Perfect for superbowl Sunday


19 Erica February 7, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Thank you!


20 la mas linda February 9, 2010 at 12:36 PM

This one looks amazing!!! Im on my way to the super market now!!! :)


21 Maria Elena February 22, 2010 at 6:40 PM

How many cups of hogao? 1 1/2 or a 1/2?


22 Erica February 22, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Maria Elena- 1 1/2 cups.


23 Maria Elena February 24, 2010 at 6:56 PM

I was always so afraid of introducing the kids to Colombian food, since they are so used to what their Italian grad-ma cooks for them. But they loved it. Can’t wait to try more recipes. I was born and raised in Colombia but my mother never allowed me in the kitchen, so my Colombian food cooking skills have been always very poor. Then I married an Italian and all I learned to cook was Italian food. Now I cannot wait to try your recipes…Thanks for posting all this awesome recipes.


24 Erica February 24, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Maria Elena- Thank you!


25 Lachlan July 14, 2010 at 1:14 PM

This was amazing. I live in Australia, and I wanted to try something different. I came across this recipe and tried it, and the family loved it. Thanks for posting.


26 Lachlan July 14, 2010 at 1:15 PM

This was amazing. I live in Australia, and I wanted to try something different. I came across this recipe and tried it, and the family loved


27 Caroll Buitrago-Long February 19, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Hola Erica,

Me imagino que aun estas con barriguita o si ya tuviste el bebe, Felicidades.
I was just thinking about you while cooking this, because I had to make a variation.
My husband and I are trying not to eat too much red meat, so I used deer meat that was frozen since last hunting season.
I am Colombian and this is MY FAVORITE dish ever, with patacones, of course. ANyways, I did it with the deer meat and still was delicious and even juicier. So whenever you feel like trying it with lean meat this is a good option,

Muchas gracias y a comer se dijo!


28 Jonathan March 7, 2011 at 2:48 PM

There used to be a small Columbian restaurant in Cleveland, Tennessee. My wife had this dish there a couple of times and it was good. Even better, in my opinion, was the beef tongue in Creole sauce that they also served. A couple of times, we made the roughly 45 minute drive from home to that restaurant just so I could have the beef tongue. I am not Columbian but that quickly became one of my favorite dishes and the man and wife who owned the restaurant were very nice, friendly and welcoming. Unfortunately, the restaurant closed. In fact, the reason I came across this recipe is that I was searching for a recipe for Columbian Creole sauce so I can maybe attempt to make the beef tongue dish at home.


29 Jonathan March 7, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Sorry, I mis-spelled Colombian.


30 Anna January 9, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I just returned from a New Years holiday in Cartagena, and I consumed some of the best “tipica” meals I’ve had in a while. Longing to recreate the flavors from my trip I made this last night and it transported me right back! Rico rico rico! Keep the recipes coming. Feliz ano!


31 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz November 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Amazing looking steak, love anything creole.


32 grace November 9, 2014 at 7:27 AM

this is a fantastic way to bring out the best in skirt steak!!


33 Chris November 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

This is great. I love how quick skirt steak cooks.


34 Henry November 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Thank you for the great recipes. Have a wonderful holiday.


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