Easy Recipe: Puerto Rican-Styled Pepper Steak

Thank goodness the holidays are over and done with.  Aren’t you glad? I’m so over Christmas, the tree, the lights, the food (well almost) and all the gifts.  All the hoopla is now gone from my system.  Now it’s time to concentrate on something I haven’t done in a few weeks and that is to post my succulent recipes. I know you all have been waiting. 😉

Last night I made one of my family’s favorite dish — Puerto Rican-Styled Pepper Steak.  It’s an easy recipe that I created with the help of my mom’s expertise in steaks.  This recipe is not a “real” recipe because I never sat down to write down the ingredients/instructions step by step, I took the “Willy-Nilly” approach just like Carolyn from “Willy-Nilly” is generally how I cook too.

Puerto Rican-Styled Pepper Steak

Here’s what you need:

— A Large Pot
— 2 Pounds of Cubed Steak – Cut each steak in half (same steak you would use for chicken fried steak)
— 1 small green pepper (sliced)
— 1 small yellow onion (sliced)
— 4 garlic cloves (grated)
— two tablespoons of sofrito
— two tablespoons of olive oil
— 1 small can of tomato sauce
— Water (enough water to cover the steaks – you don’t want it too watery)
— 3 potatoes (cut in four pieces) [This will help thicken the steak sauce]
Seasonings: 1 packet each of Sazon Goya with Culantro & Achoite & ham flavored concentrate, adobo, cumin, garlic and onion powder, 2 bay leaves, oregano and black pepper. (I don’t measure any of the seasonings — I just add to taste so I can’t really tell you how much seasoning I actually add onto the dish)

***Optional: You can also add either corn starch or flour to help thicken the sauce if you like it thicker. I sometimes mix about 1/4 of a cup of cold water and one tablespoon of cornstarch in a cup. Stir it until all lumps are gone and add it to the steak. Stir well and keep cooking til meat is tender.***


First, take your pot and heat it on medium heat. Add your olive oil then add your sofrito and saute.


After a few minutes, add the sliced pepper and onions and saute for a few minutes.

After you saute the onions & peppers add tomato sauce and your seasonings.  Mix that around and then add your steaks on top of the mixture.

Add the grated  garlic on top of the steaks and then add water.  After the water, throw in your potatoes. Give it one last mix and cover.

This will cook for about 1 hour – 1-1/2 hours.

[Note: I apologize for not adding a photo of the completed dish in the pot. When it was done, I was too starving so I forgot. lol]

You may have to add more water after 40 minutes or so.  I always tend to add more so have a cup of water handy. This dish is typically served alongside some yummy arroz con gandules (rice and pigeon peas) like you see below (minus the bay leaf that is attached to a piece of steak, lol).


Happy Cooking! Buen Provecho!

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  1. Carolyn G says:

    OMG Willy Nilly cooking at its best! Love the step by step instructions. This recipe is so easy that even I can make it and this looks really really delicious! This is also one of these recipes that screams for willynillyness because you can probably add more ingredients and spices and it will still be delish!!

  2. Wow, the tomato sauce transforms the vegetables. Made my
    mouth water! I especially like the potatoes in the sauce.
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  3. My mom used to make pepper steak when we were growing up. Not quite like this, but I am sure that the smells around the house would remind me of that cooking!
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  4. wowww Perfect for this winter weather!!! I think I’ll leave the computer right now and head to the kitchen!!! Espero tener todos los ingredientes ….Thank you 😉

  5. LOVE the pictures and easy how-to-steps for this recipe!
    Que rico. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Thank you. While I was cooking and taking pictures, my kids were laughing at me. I had to threaten by saying you keep laughing, you won’t be eating! LOL

  6. YUM!!! I’ve never had steak prepared this way before. It sounds savory & it looks scrumptious! I just may whip it up for my family today. Gracias!
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  7. I make something like this, but with chicken and potatos on
    white rice. Have to try your steak recipe. Looks good!
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  8. we always had this with white rice for some reason. it’s looks so good, it’s been a long time since I’ve had it
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  9. You just made my mouth water! Wow! What a dinner plate! Great job!
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  10. Ohhh this is one of my families faves as well! I haven’t made it in sometime but think I will make it tonight for dinner tonight 🙂
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  11. I grew up on this! My family called it steak guisao. Yummy! Muy rico.

  12. great recipe ! I didnt use potatoes and i added vinegar; this also works for chicken; LOVE IT !!!!!

  13. I recently made this recipe and it was a huge hit! I’ve made it 3 times all ready

  14. Hi just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the
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    I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same outcome.
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  15. This recipe was on pointtttttt . It was deeeeeelish . I’m following your blog now

  16. What temp do i let it cook on for the hour

  17. Wow! I’m making this dish as I type. My house smells amazing and I snuck and tried a spoon full of the sauce. Wow!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe- – I usually don’t post on sites but it’s too good not to tell you thank you- can’t wait to try the whole thing and my husband is going to be blown away. 🙂

  18. Thanks for the easy steps and am a man and i was able to make my traditional dish which i miss. Alot of the New generation dont follow tradition. Thanks for putting it out there.

  19. Very delicious dish. I love the flavors and it’s savory and good!!!!!! It’s a winner. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

  20. Kathleen Cook says:

    OMG I love going to the Spanish restaurant and ordering this and I’ve been dying to Learn how to make this so I was on Pinstest and came across your recipe and made it. It tastes just like the Spanish restaurant but even better thanks so much for posting this. Oh and my upstairs neighbors is Spanish and came down to try my dish and looked at me and said wow this taste Spanish so I said to him White people can cook Spanish but what I was trying to say was it taste authentic

  21. I’m PR and i LOVE my PR food… this is my “go to” recipe and my husband’s favorite dish. Gracias chica!


    Great recipe, I am from England and just love Hispanic dishes. I am married to a Purto Rician who has never eaten his native food and he thinks I am the best cook in the world. With this dish I get a major plus:) thank you.

  23. Thank you SO much for sharing this recipe!! Tastes divine so far, and its still simmering. Growing up in Florida, and dating a Puerto Rican man for 4 years, I fell in love with the traditional foods. I was really craving some comfort food and stumbled across your recipe on pinterest. YUM! My house smells amazing. Just like my ex’s moms house used to smell when she would make this dish. THANK YOU!! This is exactly what I was craving.

  24. It’s pretty sad that a blogger can’t even make an attempt to jot down seasoning amounts. It takes a few seconds to pretend like your seasoning a plate, then collect it to a 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, spoons.

  25. How do you make cod fish stew.

  26. I was looking for a good pepper steak and onion recipe for dinner tonight!! and I think I found it Thank You can’t wait it looks fab!

  27. I just brought all the exact ingredients. Im puerto rican as well and as a little girl my great grandma and my grandma used to make this for me like every sunday for dinner. For the life of me i cant copy the recipe or get it close to theirs. This recipe looks about the same as i can remember! thank u so much i will be posting again with a pic!!!!!


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