Bistec a Caballo (Creole Steak on Horseback)

by Erica Dinho on August 24, 2009

This post is also available in Spanish

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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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 zerrin August 24, 2009 at 7:57 AM

Its name is so funny! And I like the idea of combining steak and egg in this shape.


2 marya August 24, 2009 at 8:10 AM

oh dear and here i am thinking it was horse steak hahha! It translates into horse steak in my language!


3 Anonymous October 19, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Lol thAts too funny. But it’s real delish.


4 rebecca subbiah August 24, 2009 at 9:26 AM

oh I love this one Erica, Columbia has so much good food, I must visit, oh we are coming to NYC end of Sept can you recommend a restaurant love Rebecca


5 ruth August 24, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Fried egg and steak-perfect combination!


6 velva August 24, 2009 at 10:44 AM

I think steak and eggs make a delicious combination.


7 Joan Nova August 24, 2009 at 11:59 AM

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.


8 Erica August 24, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Thank you all for visiting!!!


9 sippitysup August 24, 2009 at 8:26 PM

Steak and Eggs what’s so “horsey” about that? GREG


10 Kim August 24, 2009 at 9:45 PM

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 : )


11 Bunny August 24, 2009 at 10:02 PM

OH my word this looks so good! I know I would love this!


12 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie August 24, 2009 at 10:28 PM

Love the name and the fried egg on top is awesome!


13 Tangled Noodle August 24, 2009 at 10:33 PM

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! 8-)


14 Erica August 25, 2009 at 7:13 AM

Hi Tangled Noodle,
In Colombia is served at breakfast, lunch or dinner!!! We eat a whole meal for breakfast :)


15 Felisha August 24, 2009 at 11:00 PM

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


16 Angie's Recipes August 24, 2009 at 11:43 PM

I like the name…the onion steak looks pretty and yummy.
Angie’s Recipes


17 Erica August 25, 2009 at 7:17 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments! Glad you all are liking Colombian food!


18 Ben August 25, 2009 at 7:49 AM

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.


19 Diana August 25, 2009 at 10:08 AM

This is perfect! I like my steak nice and thin and topped with the fried egg, mmmm!! Delicious! Great post!!


20 Danielle August 25, 2009 at 12:34 PM

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!


21 Mindy August 26, 2009 at 6:41 PM

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!


22 Sook August 27, 2009 at 1:53 AM

ha ha I too thought maybe it was a horse steak or something… funny me. It looks great!


23 Oysterculture August 27, 2009 at 5:15 PM

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.


24 La Mas Linda August 28, 2009 at 9:42 AM

I made this last night for my husband, and he loved it!!!! Well I did too, lol:) It was delicious:)


25 Erica August 28, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Hi La mas linda,
Thank you so much for your feedback!


26 sandra g September 3, 2009 at 9:03 PM

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


27 Erica September 3, 2009 at 9:44 PM

Hola Sandra,
Thank you for your feedback! Glad you liked it!


28 Sue January 8, 2010 at 9:08 PM

This bisteca looks fantastic. I love steak and eggs, especially thin steak. Another one for my recipe book :)


29 Impromptu Diva January 9, 2010 at 6:05 AM

hmmm steak and eggs Columbian style, this is something to try!


30 Gina February 11, 2010 at 1:54 PM

My mom makes this, I love this dish!


31 Jorge March 4, 2010 at 3:41 PM

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!



32 Erica March 4, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Jorge- I use regular mustard.The flavor will be different if you use a different kind of mustard!


33 Anonymous March 23, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Love this dish. Very easy and everyone loved it!!!!!!!


34 christina April 19, 2010 at 8:22 PM

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


35 Anonymous April 26, 2010 at 10:07 AM

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


36 rabbit hutch May 12, 2010 at 5:59 PM

This is my first time on your blog and I enjoyed reading your good article.


37 Chris @ May 29, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Looks like something I could have right now for breakfast!

happy cooking



38 Catalina L September 2, 2010 at 10:29 PM

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!!!!


39 melissa October 18, 2010 at 1:22 PM

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.


40 Anonymous February 17, 2011 at 4:43 PM

This recipe came out perfect! Thank you for posting, I enjoyed making and eating it.


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