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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
Keyword bistec encebollado receta, Bistec Encebollado recipe, steak and onions, Steak With Onions Bistec Encebollado
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