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Carne Bistec 2

Carne Bistec

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4-5 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Columbian


Carne Bistec is a Columbian beef dish that is quickly seared then simmered in cumin and onion gravy.


  • 750g beef sirloin or tenderloin, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 white onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup water
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Season beef slices with salt and 1 tbsp of cumin.
  2. Prepare a large heavy pan, heat pan until it smokes then add a small amount of oil just enough to thinly cover the surface. Once oil smokes add the beef probably in batches if your pan is not large enough. Cook for a minute on each side then set it aside, do it with the remaining beef slices. Remove the beef from the pan then set them aside.
  3. Add more olive oil into the pan then reduce the heat. Sauté the garlic and onions.
  4. Add the tomatoes then season with salt, pepper and remaining cumin. Add the beef back together with the dripping and the water, bring to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat then serve with rice and sunny side up eggs.