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Bistec Encebollado

This recipe was given to me several years ago by an old man from Michoacan, who used to have a small restaurant near Atlanta, Georgia. I feel bad that I never asked his name, in order to give him credit for this recipe. 
Course Beef, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 269kcal


  • 1 ½ Lb. Top round or sirloin steaks about ⅓-in thick
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsps. Vegetable oil
  • 1 cube Knorr beef bouillon
  • ½ cup beer light or dark*
  • 1 Lb. white onion sliced
  • 2 Tbsps. vegetable oil


  • Season steak with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Heat 2 Tbsps. Of vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium-high. Once hot, add the steak and cook for 5 minutes (in this time the meat will release its juices).
  • Add the beer and the Knorr beef bouillon. Dissolve the beef bouillon in the beer and meat juice with the help of a wooden spoon. Lower the heat, cover, and keep cooking.
  • While the meat is cooking, heat the other 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in the second frying pan over a high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onions. Stir-fry the onion for about 8 minutes until golden brown, but still crisp.
  • Bistec encebollado - steak and onions
  • Add the browned onions to the steak’s frying pan, mix, and keep cooking for about 3 minutes, just enough time to blend all the flavors. Taste to check if it doesn’t need more salt or pepper.

Serve with rice, a salad, warm tortillas, or some crusty French bread to prepare yourself a delicious steak sub, aka “Torta de Bistec.”


    You will need two frying pans to prepare this dish. A large one and a medium-sized one. I usually use a light beer, but you can also use dark.


    Serving: 4oz | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 533mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 5.6mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2.4mg