Carne Asada Colombiana

Carne Asada Colombiana

In Colombia, carne asada, marinated grilled beef, is a beloved staple. This traditional Carne Asada marinade is made with orange juice, garlic, spices, and beer. Here we slather a white corn Arepas with creamy guacamole and top it with a simple tomato salad.
Prep Time: 40 min Serves: 4
  • 4 Delicias Andinas Arepas Antioqueñas Blancas
  • 1 ½ lb flank steak
  • ¼ cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 bottle of Colombian Beer (any pale golden ale will do)
  • ½ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ cup of lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Add all of the ingredients except for the flank steak to a mixing bowl, stir to combine. Add the steak to a ziplock bag or airtight container and pour over the marinade. Seal and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
  2. Remove the steak from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Let the steak come to room temperature.
  3. Heat the grill to medium-high and lightly oil the grill grates. Grill for 5-7 minutes on each side until medium-rare. (Note: adjust the cooking time according to your desired doneness)
  4. Let the steak rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. Thinly slice and set aside. 

Creamy Guacamole

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sweet white onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Kosher salt to taste

Tomato Salad

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, sliced
  • 1-pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro leaves, stems removed
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Right before serving, add the shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, scallion, and cilantro to a bowl. Add the lime juice and olive oil, season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.


  1. Prepare the Arepas according to package instructions. Top the warm Arepa with a spoonful of guacamole, thinly sliced carne asada, and tomato salad. Enjoy immediately.