Steak and potatoes in Pasilla Sauce

Steak and potatoes in pasilla sauce

Steak with potatoes in Pasilla pepper sauce is a comforting and easy-to-make stew, very few ingredients are required to create this home-style meal. This is not a dish that you’ll usually find in a regular restaurant in Mexico, perhaps only in the small family-style eateries called “fondas”, whose menus are made for those looking to eat a meal that feels homey to them, instead of eating at chain restaurants. This dish is more popular in the central states of Mexico.

I heard about this recipe a long time ago while living in the city of Puebla. That was back in the 80’s, when you would listen to the radio while doing your daily chores around the house, and there were no TV shows about food yet.  I hope you try this recipe; the Pasilla peppers have a very unique and mild flavor.

Steak and potatoes in pasilla sauce



  • 5 pasilla peppers, cleaned and deveined.
  • 2 small roma tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Pounds sirloin steaks (about 1/3 inch thick)
  • 2 medium size potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes (about 10 oz)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¼ white medium onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Steak and potatoes in pasilla sauce

1.     Place pasilla peppers and tomatoes in a saucepan and cover with 4 cups of water. Cook over medium high heat for about 15 to 18 minutes until they are cooked and the peppers have softened.
2.     While the peppers and tomatoes are cooking, heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan at medium heat. Season steaks with salt and pepper, and add to frying pan once the oil is hot. Cook for about 6-8 minutes.  Then add the potato cubes and stir. Keep cooking.
3.     Place already cooked tomatoes and peppers in your blender and add the chopped onion and garlic, plus 1 1/4 cup of the cooking water. Process until you have a very smooth sauce.
4.     Pour sauce unto the frying pan with the steak and potatoes, using a strainer.  Season with salt. Once it start boiling, reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until potatoes have softened.

Steak and potatoes in pasilla sauce

Serve with rice or beans and warm corn tortillas. 

Other recipes using Pasilla peppers: Salsa borracha, Mole de Olla, Mole Poblano & Tortilla Soup


  1. Yum.. I bet that is fantastic! I've got some pasilla peppers.. I'll have to try it sooN! Thanks!

  2. Can I serve this to children? I never had anything with pasilla peppers, so I'm not sure if it will be too spicy.

    1. Hello,

      Pasilla peppers are very mild, I hope you try the peppers first, before in sauce to check it you like them.

    2. I tasted the sauce and yes it has a mild flavor.My kids didn't complain. Thanks Mely.

  3. OMG yum! My fiancé is Mexican and I am Caucasian. My finances mom is the best cook ever! She speaks little English so when I ask her to translate a recipe it's sometimes hard to understand. She makes a dish similar to this and I am so happy I found this recipe! Thank you


Your comment will take some time to appear. Note: Your email address will not be published.