Steak w/ Onion and Tomato Sauce (Bistec a la Criolla o Bistec a Caballo)

This is a traditional Colombian dish. You’ll find this dish to be easy and delicious to prepare. The egg on top really gives this plate something to love! What’s great about this recipe is the ingredients, it’s always something you’ll have in your fridge and pantry. Serve rice, cooked potatoes, french fries, or a salad with this steak.

Makes for 2-3 Servings


  • 2-3 Portions of Steak (Sirloin, Skirt Steak, Flank Steak…whichever you prefer)
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard or Yellow Mustard
  • Salt, Pepper, and Ground Cumin, to taste
  • 1 1/4 Tbsp of White Distilled Vinegar
  • 2 Medium Sized Plum Tomatoes, peeled and chopped small
  • 4 Scallions, chopped finely
  • 1 Small Red Onion, chopped small
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • Unsalted Butter, for sauce and frying egg
  • Canola Oil, for cooking steaks
  • Pinch of Ground Oregano
  • 2-3 Eggs, an egg per steak
  • Garnish: Cilantro, chopped


To Peel Tomatoes:

Start by bringing a pot or a tea pot full of water, to a boil.

Use your paring knife to cut out the stem. Then slice a shallow X in the otherside (bottom) of the tomato. Place tomatoes in a bowl.

Once the water is boiling, pour it over the tomatoes in a bowl. Cover completely and let the tomatoes sit in the hot water for a minute or two.

Remove from the hot water with a slotted spoon and place on your cutting board. Start by peeling the skin with your hands or your paring knife (be careful it’ll be a bit hot). And that’s it!! Peeled Tomatoes =)

Back to Recipe:

Start by marinating the steaks with the mustard, pepper, cumin, and vinegar. Rub the ingredients all around the steaks and let it sit for a couple minutes while preparing the tomato and onion sauce.

Melt 1-2 Tbsp’s of butter in a saute pan. Add in the chopped tomatoes, scallions, red onion, garlic, salt, and oregano. Cook for 10 minutes until the sauce looks ready (like last photo). Cooked throughly and thick.

5 minutes before the sauce is ready start by cooking the steaks in a pan with oil, that is enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Also fry your eggs in butter in another small pan (sunny side up) season the eggs with salt and pepper before serving.

To Plate:

Place the cooked steak on the plate first, then pour sauce on top of steak and top the dish with the fried egg. Garnish with cilantro. Enjoy =)


About Sherlly

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