Bistec Encebollado (Colombian-Steak with Onion Sauce)

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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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  1. says

    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.

    • Erica says

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

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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! :)

  4. says

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

  5. says

    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.

  6. Andrea says

    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!

  7. Carla says

    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!

  8. Marta says

    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

  9. Bessy says

    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.

  10. Cindi says

    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!

  11. says

    Tonight I made the bistec and it was amazing, I used a fancier mustard and it was still delicious. Love knowing this is a dish I will definitely repeat with the family!

    I did have one set back, I had difficulty with the onion sauce. I ended up not mixing it because the 3 tablespoons of wine was overpowering. Now that I look at your photos, the onion portion looks so different. Any tips when creating the sauce.

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