Puerto Rican Pepper Steak

Growing up, I always made this Puerto Rican Pepper Steak with onions. This dish is nostalgic and familiar. The aromas from the onion, garlic, cilantro, and seasonings melt in your mouth.

The gravy from the steak is my favorite part of the dish! I can lick the sauce off the plate!

You’ll need a few unique Latin dishes to optimize flavor. Sofrito is an essential ingredient to give this dish an amazing flavor!

If you love this recipe try this One Pot Chicken & Spanish Rice, for another latin dish!

Why everyone loves this Puerto Rican Pepper Steak

  • It’s very flavorful- When I mean this dish is DELICIOUS, I mean it. Cozy up and get comfortable because, after this dish, your going t
  • It’s Straight to the point- Even though this dish has a ton of Latin flavor, anyone can replicate this meal! Just follow the instructions closely and use the ingredients listed 
  • It’s so beautiful- if you know me, my cooking style is romantic and warm. I love making this dish, because everyone is always impressed! It’s perfect for special occasions!

Ingredients you’ll need for this recipe

  • Steak (You can use flank, Churrasco, Sirloin)
  • Sofrito (It’s best to use this fresh, but you can find a jarred Sofrito too)
  • Spices
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Cilantro
  • Oil
  • Browning (Optional)

FAQ for Puerto Rican Pepper Steak

What cut of beef is best for Puerto Rican pepper steak?

Flank steak or skirt steak are commonly used for Puerto Rican pepper steak due to their flavor and tenderness.

How long should I marinate the steak before cooking?

It’s best to marinate the steak for at least 2-4 hours to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat.

Puerto Rican Pepper Steak

Pepper Steak

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Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 1 hour

Course Main CourseCuisine Caribbean, Latin, Spanish

Servings 6Calories 567 kcal


  • 2-3 pounds flank steak
  • 2 tbsps chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup sofrito
  • 1/2 bell red pepper sliced
  • 1/2 bell green pepper sliced
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsps oil for marinade
  • 1 tbsps oil for frying


  • 10 dashes Maggi liquid seasoning or 2 tsps salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp adobo to mix with garlic
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon seasoning Maggi Seasoning

Other Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp browning or burnt sugar for color (optional)
  • 3 bay leaf
  • cilantro for garnish
  • 1-2 cups water


  • Slice steak, peppers, and onions into thin strips.
  • Season steak with oil, cilantro, spices and sofrito. Marinate for 1 hour, up to overnight.
  • In a large pot, on medium high heat, add oil, and toss in steak. Sautee for 5-7 minutes, or until natural juices release. Add in peppers, onions, and browning seasoning.
  • Add water to the same bowl you seasoned your meat with, and pour it into the pot. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally until water reduces by half. Lower heat, cover and cook on low until meat is tender.

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