Sobrebarriga en Salsa Criolla (Flank Steak with Colombian Creole Sauce)

by Erica Dinho on June 6, 2013

Sobrebarriga en Salsa Criolla (Flank Steak with Colombian Creole Sauce)

Sobrebarriga en Salsa Criolla is a traditional Colombian dish made with flank steak and a very flavorful Creole sauce. This dish was one of my grandmother’s favorite Colombian dishes and she made it at least once a month for our Sunday family dinners. She usually served it with white rice, yuca, avocado and fries on the side.

Sobrebarriga en Salsa Criolla (Flank Steak with Colombian Creole Sauce)

My grandmother taught us that food really brings the family together, and when I was growing up, it was a tradition for the whole family to gather at her house on Sunday afternoon for a traditional Colombian dinner. She made traditional Colombian food like Sancocho, Arroz con Pollo, and Sobrebarriga en Salsa Criolla, among others. I remember those days well, all the guys playing cards or watching soccer on the TV, the kids playing outside and the women helping Mamita in the kitchen, talking and having the table ready. The family loved getting together and eating Mamita’s food. It was a wonderful time!

To make Sobrebarriga en Salsa Criolla, the flank steak has to be cooked for a long time and the meat will become very tender. You can make it using a regular pot, pressure cooker or a slow cooker.

Buen provecho!

Sobrebarriga en Salsa Criolla (Flank Steak with Colombian Creole Sauce)



(4 to 6 servings)

    Flank Steak

  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • 8 cups water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large onion, cut in half
  • 2 scallions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Creole Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 tomatoes, diced
  • 3 scallions, diced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground achiote
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper

Sobrebarriga en Salsa Criolla (Flank Steak with Colombian Creole Sauce)


  1. In a pot, place the flank steak, water, onion, scallions, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook over medium-low heat for about 3 hours or until the meat is tender.
  2. Remove the beef from the pot and set aside
  3. To make the sauce: In a saucepan, place the oil, tomatoes, red bell pepper, onions, scallions, garlic, achiote, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. To serve: Place the cooked flank steak on a plate and drizzle with the creole sauce.
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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz June 6, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Oh that Créole sauce sounds so delicious and flavorful. I love hearing about your family Sunday meals


2 Corina June 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM

I’d love to try this. I’ve never had achiote though – I’d probably have to buy it online somewhere.


3 Belinda @zomppa June 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

You know this is going to show on my dinner table!


4 Lyndsey@TinySkillet June 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Erica, this looks so colorful and tasty! It has all the ingredients that I love.


5 Amelia September 17, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Erica, If you are using a slow cooker, do u suggest that we cook on high for 3 hours or low for a longer period of time? Thanks


6 Erica Dinho September 17, 2013 at 3:59 PM

High for 3 to 4 hours.


7 Monica September 25, 2013 at 3:41 PM

How can i make this in a pressure cooker?


8 carolina March 28, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Hey Erica, great meal! If Im to cook it in a slow cooker, should I still use the 8 cups of water? thank you


9 Erica Dinho March 28, 2014 at 8:56 AM

4 cups.


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