Mexican Style Steak and Potatoes

I was raised by my grandmother and my step-grandfather who was from the State of Chihuahua. (He's the reason I speak Spanish fluently.) He loved to cook, not specific Mexican dishes, but more like guisados. A guisado is any dish that can be prepared in one pot or pan, with many ingredients.

Pappy's favorite was his Guisado de Bistec con Papas. Being that we lived in the States, we had lots of convenience foods at hand. Pappy would always prepare this dish because it can be used as a main dish or as a filling for tacos and/or burritos. 

Guisado de Bistec con Papas a la Mexicana


  • 1 pound thin cut steak, cut in 1-inch strips
  • 6 roma tomatoes
  • 2 to 4 fresh serrano chiles 
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chicken flavored bouillon (I use Knorr-Suiza) 

Coarsely chop 3 of the tomatoes, half of the medium onion, and 2 of the serrano chiles. In a blender, puree the remaining tomato, onion, garlic, and serrano chiles with the 2 cups of water; set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the thin-cut steak and the chopped onion, and serrano chiles. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the steak is no longer pink; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the potatoes, tomatoes, chicken bouillon, and the pureed mixture; season with salt and black pepper. Bring guisado to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Enjoy!

*This guisado is great on it's own with a salad or as a filling for tacos, burritos and/or gorditas.

With Love,
Leslie Limon


  1. A la Mexicana is when food is cooked with diced tomatoes, onions, and either fresh serrano or jalapeno chiles. This recipe has a Mexican sauce but is it not made a la Mexicana

  2. Anonymous: I'm sorry if my title mislead you in any way. It was not my intention. I do know what "a la Mexicana" means, but that wasn't what I was trying to convey in the title. My Mexican grandparents knew that my uncles were crazy about American steak and potatoes, so whenever my grandfather prepared this dish, they meant the title to mean the Mexican version of Steak and Potatoes.

    Again, I apologize if for not clearing this up in the post.

  3. Ignore her Leslie; she honestly doesn't have a life that she has to come and rain on your beautiful site of wealth. Seriously it's rude. I really appreciate you sharing your recipes. Thank You

  4. Could you please give me the recipe on the side that is shown in the picture it looks delish! Thank you!!

  5. my mom would call this just chile colorado, omg i want some now, looks delish and with some mexican rice and frijoles de im hungry


  6. But if your Mexican like me, isn't everything a la Mexicana. LOl, kidding sort of. My grandpa used to tell me that Fideo was Mexican Spaghetti. Besides, you are in Mexico so technically speaking it is a la Mexicana,hehe, rocking the boat again. I love your site Leslie and it is a fusion of Mexican and American foods. Which is the point of cooking, to embrace our cultures and mold new ideas. I call you Mex Amer Fusion.

  7. just curious what kind of salad did u make??? looks delish!

    1. Hola La Yvette! The salad is one my grandpa used to make ALL THE TIME! It's just lettuce, corn kernels, chopped onion and tomato, avocado, sliced ham, and mayonnaise. :)

  8. Yummy!!! Can't wait to try this!!! :)

  9. Made this today and it was delicious but my sauce was a little bitter. I know it has something to do with my chiles but I can't remember what my mom would say to do to avoid that. Any suggestions?
    P.S. love your recipes they had my mouth watering just from reading them! Can't wait to try them all

  10. First time I am visiting your site and I am falling in love with all your recipes :O
    Congrats! And keep inspiring us :)
    By the way, nothing like bistec a la mexicana con papas!