Bistec Encebollado (Colombian-Steak with Onion Sauce)

by Erica Dinho on March 3, 2010

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Bistec Encebollado (Steak with Onion Sauce) |

Bistec Encebollado or steak cooked with onion sauce, is a Colombian classic. It is also a dish that I love! it is especially good over white rice with tomato-avocado salad on the side.

My mom makes the best Bistec Encebollado! Thanks Mami :)

Buen Provecho!

Bistec Encebollado ( Colombian-Steak with Onion Sauce) |



(4 servings)

  • 2 pounds skirt steak or filet
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more to cook the beef
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 small onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons red wine

Bistec Encebollado ( Colombian-Steak with Onion Sauce)

Bistec Encebollado ( Colombian-Steak with Onion Sauce)


  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, cumin, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Be sure the steaks are evenly covered.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for about 10 minutes. Add the tomato, worcestershire sauce, wine, salt and pepper. Continue cooking for about 10 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Place the steaks into the skillet and cook for 5 minutes per side. Add the onion sauce, mix and serve.
  5. Bistec Encebollado ( Colombian-Steak with Onion Sauce)
    Bistec Encebollado ( Colombian-Steak with Onion Sauce)

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chef E March 3, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Ummm this looks good! I am making a pork dish tonight with onions, and have avocado on hand!


2 Bo March 3, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Looks great…I love homey dishes like this.


3 5 Star Foodie March 3, 2010 at 12:28 PM

The onion sauce sounds fabulous, must try that soon!


4 Kim March 3, 2010 at 1:46 PM

You had me with the onion sauce, which sounds delicious. I’m bookmarking this one to try. I know me and my husband will love it. I’m also going to send this recipe to my best friend who is addicted to onions.


5 Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog March 3, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Beef with onions is one my favorite dish every time I can :)
Fundamental the red wine ;)

Have a great week,


6 Joan Nova March 3, 2010 at 2:18 PM

I thought the mustard was an interesting ingredient…not often found in South American cooking or am I wrong?


7 Erica March 3, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Joan-In Colombia we use mustard in some of our traditional dishes! I don’t know about the other South American countries.


8 Sandra g March 3, 2010 at 3:00 PM

This looks delicious, can’t wait to make it!


9 David March 3, 2010 at 4:06 PM

This looks incredible! adding to my list :)


10 Chris March 3, 2010 at 5:46 PM

You come up with the best beef dishes, Erica.


11 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes March 3, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Oh the onion sauce looks so goood!!! I love the smell of sauteed onions.


12 Erica March 3, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Thank you all for the comments :)


13 Mary March 3, 2010 at 7:44 PM

This looks wonderful. I’m so glad I found your blog. I know very little about Columbian cooking and want to learn more. I’ll be back to visit often.


14 Baking is my Zen March 3, 2010 at 10:18 PM

So delicious…and so simple.


15 DebinHawaii March 4, 2010 at 3:50 AM

This looks so good–the perfect comfort food dish!


16 grace March 4, 2010 at 7:02 AM

i have a complicated relationship with onions–i like ‘em, but they have to be cooked to within an inch of their lives before i can stomach them. that said, this sauce sounds perfect! :)


17 Erica March 4, 2010 at 7:24 AM

Thank you guys!


18 Pam March 4, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Oh, this looks so delicious! This is my first visit here and I will return for sure! This sounds like the perfect dinner! Thanks!


19 Carla March 4, 2010 at 3:44 PM

That is too funny. I just made Bistec de Palomilla the other night, except that I have had a terrible cold and have not been posting very much lately. It is almost the exact same dish. I am just trying to catch up now.


20 norma March 4, 2010 at 7:23 PM


This is also a favorite in Puerto Rico. I forgot how good it is until I saw yours.


21 Danielle March 5, 2010 at 7:33 PM

mmm….cooked in onion sauce? that sounds really good


22 Oysterculture March 5, 2010 at 8:55 PM

I can see why this is a classic – sounds about perfect. Just need to pick up a nice cut of beef.


23 Erica March 11, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Thank you everyone for visiting my site :)


24 Andrea March 22, 2010 at 8:10 PM

My husband and I just enjoyed this dish – and he’s Swedish ! Even the avocado salad was just perfect. Thanks to you I’ve been able to enjoy the food I grew up with and also been able to introduce hubby to Colombian food.

Thank you – I’m so glad I found your website!


25 Carla March 28, 2010 at 7:30 PM

This looks so great! Do you have and backgrond info on the dish because I’ve been wanting to know more about Colombian dishes? Thanks!


26 Erica March 28, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Carla- I don’t have more info about this dish, I am going to ask some friends and family.


27 Carla March 30, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Okay thank you so much! You’re very helpful! (:


28 Marta May 21, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Erica, thank you so much for all the delicious recipes, I love every single one. Do you have any idea about the “carne puya”? como dicen en Cartagena.
Thanks, again Marta


29 Erica May 28, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Marta- I don’t have a recipe for “Carne de Puya”.


30 Bessy July 19, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Soy salvadoreña y me encanta la comida colombiana . Gracias por tus recetas estan deliciosas . Voy hacer empanadas a tu estilo y tambien el bistek encebollado.


31 Cindi November 4, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Erica, I am so glad to have found your site! This sounds delicious. Is the mustard dry mustard powder, yellow mustard or a different kind?

Thanks again!


32 Erica November 4, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Cindi- yellow mustard


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