Arepas Con Carne Asada for #eattheworld

Welcome to our June 2020 post for the Eat the World project, led by Evelyne of CulturEatzClick here to find out how to join and have fun exploring a country a month in the kitchen with us!

This month we're visiting the country of Colombia - what a diverse and beautiful country. Did you know you can find nearly 2,000 species of birds in this country? More than anywhere else in the world! Exploring Colombia through the recipes I located had my mouth just watering! Plantains, rice, meat, tomatoes, hot chocolate, cheese galore! My Colombian Recipes is a lovely resource.

In addition to the arepas and carne asada I made and am sharing below, I was inspired to pick up some plantains from the grocery store, and cooked them at home for the first time. We oven roasted them for a delicious side dish to some roasted chicken.

Come experience Colombia with us through our recipes this month:

Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Bollos de Mazorca (Steamed Fresh Corn Rolls)
Sneha’s Recipe: Colombian Arroz Atollado
Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Cañón de Cerdo (Colombia-Style Pork Loin Roast)
Pandemonium Noshery: Bandeja Paisa - Colombian Platter
Making Miracles: Arepas Con Carne Asada
Dinner By Dennis: Pan De Bono (Colombian Cassava and Masa Cheese Bread)
Sugarlovespices: Aguacate Relleno (Stuffed Avocado with Smoked Salmon and Egg)
Kitchen Frau: Pan de Yuca (Warm Cheesy Buns)
A Day in the LIfe on the Farm: Arroz Atollado

Arepas Con Carne Asada from My Colombian Recipes

4 cooked arepas (recipe below)
1 1/2 lbs beef skirt

1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 TBS minced garlic (jarred)
1 tsp ground cumin
½ cup beer
1 TBS vegetable oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

  1. Combine steak in a ziploc bag with all marinade ingredients. Allow to marinate overnight.
  2. When ready, cook steak on a hot grill for about 3-minutes per side. Allow to rest 5-10 minutes before slicing thinly and serving atop the cooked arepas.
  3. Serving suggestion: serve alongside beans, rice, with some fresh diced tomatoes, or avocado, chopped cilantro, etc.

Arepas de Queso from My Colombian Recipes

1 cup pre-cooked white arepa flour
1 cup warm water
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
2 TBS melted butter
1 tsp salt

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, stir until it comes together and then allow to rest about 5 minutes.
  2. Heat a griddle to medium-high heat.
  3. Knead by hand 3-5 minutes, keep your hands moistened with a little bit of water while working with the dough. Divide into 4 balls.
  4. Flatten each into a thin round (about 1/4 inch thick). (I placed each ball between a sheet of plastic wrap to prevent sticking, and pressed down with a pot to flatten into a circle).
  5. Don't flatten until ready to cook - as they can dry out pretty quickly and then become more fragile to handle. 
  6. Melt a little butter in the griddle, and cook the arepas for 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
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  1. Oh my. This sounds absolutely delicious Rebekah. Love those arepas.

  2. I was hoping someone would make arepas! They look awesome!

  3. Yum. Thank you for including the recipe for arepas. I've had them and love them, and really wanted to try making them, too. Now I just have to try to find the arepa flour and I'm excited to have a go at them.

  4. Arepas are on my to do list for a long time, yours look so tempting and easy to make.

  5. I so wanted to make arepas! Yours look amazing!


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