Shredded Marinated Flank Steak (Carne Desmechada)

Total Time
3hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 3 hrs

A recipe from Colombia. Flank steak is used because it is more flavorful than some other cuts of beef. Times do not include overnight marinating time.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs flank steaks, trimmed of fat
  • 4 small tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Combine half of the chopped tomatoes, 1/4 cup of the chopped onions, 1/2 tsp minced garlic and 1/4 tsp salt. Rub over flank steak and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Place the marinated flank steak in a dutch oven and cover with water. Cook until tender about 2 1/2 hours.
  3. Remove from dutch oven and let cool down. Shred meat by hand or with two forks.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onions, remaining tomato, garlic and salt. Add shredded meat and stir fry about 10 minutes until heated through.
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I used this for tacos and it was hands down the best taco meat ever! Instead of adding more salt to the meat I added some adobo seasoning and it really gave it good flavor. I used london broil b/c that's what I had. Today I am on my way to the store to get flank steaks so we can have it again this weekend. I'd love to try it in a crock pot for a weeknight meal sometime. Thanks!!!