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Bistec Ranchero on a fork with avocado on the side

Bistec Ranchero Con Papas

Bistec Ranchero is a traditional Mexican beef steak recipe, pan seared to perfection. A delicious meal loaded with potatoes, chiles, onions & tomatoes.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 420kcal
Author Ana Frias


  • Large skillet


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 medium russet potatoes or 3 smaller potatoes thinly sliced
  • 1 lb breakfast steak or any other thin steak thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1/2 medium white or yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1 chile Anaheim, jalapeño or serrano peppers (see note 1) remove seeds for less spicy dish
  • 3 Roma tomatos
  • 4 oz Tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black ground pepper or more to taste
  • 1 cup water or more if needed while cooking


  • In a large skillet, add the oil and heat over medium-high heat. Cook the potatoes and spread them on the skillet to cook evenly. Cook for about 5 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown.
  • Remove from the skillet and place in paper towels to drain oil. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • In same skillet, remove carefully most of the oil, only leaving about two tablespoons behind.
  • Over medium heat, cook the beef & garlic until the meat is almost all cooked through. About 4 minutes.
  • Add the onions and peppers and cook until onions start to soften. About 2 minutes. If this mixture is starting to dry, add about 1 cup of water.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Once the tomatoes are soft, add the potatoes and mix well. Cover the skillet with a lid and simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes to blend all of the flavors together.
  • Taste and add salt & pepper to see if it needs more.


  1. You can use any combination of chiles. For this recipe I used 1 Anaheim pepper and one jalapeño for a mild flavor. If you like it more spicy add serrano peppers. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 680mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g