Carne Asada - Colombian-Style Grilled Flank Steak

Carne Asada
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Marinate: 12 hrs
Total: 12 hrs 35 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
458 Calories
22g Fat
17g Carbs
44g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 458
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 171mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 44g
Calcium 94mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Marinated, grilled beef known as carne asada is a beloved staple in Colombia. The marinade typically has orange juice or lime juice, as well as garlic, spices, and beer. Serve carne asada with a salsa de aji picante (tomato-based chile pepper sauce) and some arepas, or use it as a filling for an arepa sandwich.


  • 1 2-lb. flank steak
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 4 to 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 packet Sazon Goya with achiote
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Whisk together the vegetable oil, 1/2 of the bottle of beer, orange juice, lime juice, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce.

  2. Whisk in the garlic, cumin, SazonGoya and salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Place the flank steak inside of a plastic bag, and more the marinade mixture into the bag with the steak. Seal bag tightly, then leave the steak to marinate overnight in the fridge.

  4. Heat the grill to medium-high. Remove steak from marinade and grill for 5 to 8 minutes on each side, or until it reaches desired doneness.

  5. Let steak rest for 5 minutes, then slice very thinly against the grain and serve.