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Bistec en Salsa smothered in onions and served on a white platter.
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Bistec en Salsa

Bistec en Salsa (Cube Steaks in Tomato Sauce) is a delicious, savory dish that is first marinaded in simple delicious spices and cooked in a savory tomato sauce. It is so tender, it falls apart at the first sign of a fork!  Pairs excellent with rice!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keyword: Bistec, Cube Steaks
Servings: 4
Calories: 532kcal
Author: Mexican Appetizers and More


  • 2 lbs cube steaks rinsed
  • 2 tbsp vegetable or corn oil
  • ¼ cup white or apple cider vinegar
  • 6 garlic cloves peeled
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp adobo seasoning I use Goya brand
  • ¼ tsp dry oregano
  • 2 large onions cut into slices


  • Add garlic and oregano to a mortar and mash with the pestle.
    Then add the vinegar and mix well.
    Note:  If you do not have a mortar and pestle, add the garlic, oregano and vinegar to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Add the cube steaks to a bowl and season on both sides with adobo.
  • Add the garlic, oregano and vinegar blend.
    Add the oil.
    Stir and cover steaks well with marinade on all sides.Marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, add the cube steak with the marinade.
  • Cover the pan and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Lower heat and cook for 40 minutes.
  • Flip steaks over and add the onions and the tomato sauce.
    Add about a ¼ cup water.
    Cover again and cook for another 30 minutes or until steak is tender and breaks apart easily with a fork.
    Note: If you notice that liquids in pan start to dry out too much, simply add a little bit of water to skillet and cover again.
  • Serve with white or yellow rice.Drizzle steaks with sauce from pan.
    Steak is done.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 532kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 193g | Fat: 128g | Saturated Fat: 41g | Cholesterol: 653mg | Sodium: 885mg | Potassium: 3833mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 310mg | Iron: 17mg