Bistec a Caballo (Creole Steak on Horseback)

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Bistec a Caballo-Colombian Recipes

Bistec a Caballo is a traditional Colombian dish. It is basically a piece of steak with a tomato and onion sauce, topped with a fried egg. We serve it with white rice and ripe plantain on the side. As far as the interesting name, I really don’t know from where it came, but do let me know if you find out 😉

Recetas de Comida Colombiana

Bistec a Caballo is made with skirt steak or flank steak and is delicious, try it!

Recetas Colombianas-Bistec a Caballo



(4 Servings)

  • 2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed and cut into 4 equal portions
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup hogao
  • 4 fried eggs

Comida Colombiana

Colombian Food-Bistec a Caballo


  1. Place the steaks between sheets of wax paper, then pound until each steak is about ¼ inch thick.
  2. Place the pounded steaks in a zip lock plastic bag. Add the mustard, oregano, cumin, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. Be sure the steaks are evenly covered.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Place the steaks into the skillet and cook for 3 minutes per side.
  4. To serve: Pour hogao over the steaks and top with a fried egg.
  5. Recetas de Comida Colombiana en Ingles

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  1. says

    Horse steak is pretty funny.

    I think it’s ‘a caballo’ because it’s on top. Like when you get on a horse.

    P.S. I love fried egg ‘a caballo’ with rice + beans.

  2. says

    I keep seeing this kind of steak and eggs on the cooking shows. I think someone made something like this on Top Chef Masters. It makes me wonder why I never thought of it before. The egg looks so pretty on top of the steak. My hubby would love it : )

  3. Tangled Noodle says

    My husband would love this! During which meal is this usually served? I have to admit that I’m stuck on the idea of egg as part of breakfast while many people would see the steak as more of later meal. I would gladly have this at any time of day or night! 😎

  4. Felisha says

    Yum! Another one of my favorite colombian dishes! I love to see how the meat is marinated! Can’t wait to try your recipe!! :)

  5. says

    That is really an interesting name… Maybe it is called that because the egg is riding the steak? or it was probably made with horse meat first? either way it looks delicious, especially the salsa.

  6. says

    oh boy does that look awesome! I bet I could get my husband to eat breakfast (he’s not really a breakfast eater) if I served this to him! I’m going to have to give this one a try for sure! I’m so glad you posted this. YUM!

  7. says

    I’m so upset that I’m so behind in my blog reading…this looks amazing! My husband is suspect of egg with non-traditional American foods, but I’m determined to convert him!

  8. says

    another great dish. I just recalled that I think I saw a Columbian restaurant in the Mission District here in SF, I must check it out as reading your posts always makes me hungary.

  9. sandra g says

    Hola, cooked this sunday , it was great, my husband said that it remimded him of ” bistec a lo pobre” from peru. Love sandra g.

  10. Jorge says

    Erica, quick question…when you indicate the use of mustard, are you talking about standard mustard, Dijon or podwered mustard?…would the quantities change according to selection?

    Many Thanks and can’t wait to try this recipe…I am becoming very popular among my circle of friends…they are asking for recipes and the funny part they are all “gringos”….way to go Erica!


  11. christina says

    in uruguay, we eat something similar to this for breakfast. steak, egg and french fries! just thinking about this is making me want one now! lol

  12. Anonymous says

    I made this for my COLOMBIAN mom this weekend and she loved it! Thank you for the recipe. It was perfect.

  13. Catalina L says

    I loved this steak, my boys loved it an my husband did too!!!! I’m hooked on your recipes Erica!!!! Thank you sooooo much!!!!!
    By the way I am Colombian myself from Medellin and lived in Cartagena for about 9 years, then came to USA. My mom makes things a little different way, I love to alternate between your recipes and hers! Thank you soo much!!!!

  14. melissa says

    I am so happy I found this great site. I am always home sick and miss my typical food. My husband always bothered me cause I dint know how to cook colombian food. But now at least once a week I make one of your colombian dishes! Today I’m making this.

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