Jun 24, 2014

Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Beef Stir Fry)


This healthier spin on a Peruvian classic stir-fry dish combines two of my favorite cuisines – Latin and Chinese!

For all the meat and potato lovers out there, this healthier spin on a classic Peruvian stir-fry dish combines two of my favorite cuisines – Latin and Chinese! Chinese cuisine in Peru, referred to as "Chifa", is embedded in the Peruvian culture where you'll find a wonderful fusion of flavors, colors, textures utilizing Chinese and Peruvian ingredients.

I took one of Peru's most emblematic dishes, "Lomo Saltado" and lightened it up a bit – without losing any of it's amazing flavor. This dish is made with strips of sirloin seasoned with cumin, stir fried with tomatoes, red onion, soy sauce, cilantro and finished with french fries – what a combination right? Well trust me, it works!

In Peru they use a yellow pepper called aji amarillo, but it's not commonly found here in the states, so I subbed it with a jalapeno and added mini yellow peppers in their place. Rather than frying my potatoes, I baked my fries in the oven until golden and crisp, seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder – SO good! You'll want to make these with everything!


In Peru, they also serve this dish with rice, but I personally find it filling with just the potatoes plus I add a slice of avocado on the side, it's perfect.

Now, for those of you who have totally written off potatoes from your diet because you think they are bad for you, I'm here to tell you they are actually good for you! There's lots of misconceptions about potatoes but the truth is they are not the carb devil everyone thinks they are! The fact is, potatoes are a whole food – that is food in it's natural state, nothing processed or refined. In fact, one medium-size, skin-on potato is just 110 calories, has no fat, sodium or cholesterol, and it provides 45 percent of your daily value of vitamin C and has more potassium than a banana! It's also rich in fiber, potassium and magnesium, which are all listed as shortfall nutrients in the American diet. So don't blame the potato – it's often the preparation and toppings that add fat and calories.  Plus, they are naturally gluten free and part of a clean eating diet! You can see more potato nutrition facts here.




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Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Beef Stir Fry)
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 2 • Size: 1/2 of the recipe • Old Pts: 6 • Weight Watchers Points+: 8 pts
Calories: 308.5 • Fat: 9 g • Carb: 28 g • Fiber: 4 g • Protein: 28 g • Sugar: 3 g
Sodium: 522 mg (without salt) • Cholesterol: 48 mg

Ingredients:

For the Baked Fries:

  • canola cooking spray
  • 1 medium (5.3 oz) potato, russet or yukon gold, washed and dried
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

For the Beef:

  • 1/2 lb lean sirloin, cut into small, thin strips
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced into thick strips
  • 2 mini yellow bell peppers or 1 large
  • 1 large jalapeno, ribbed and seeded, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced into wedges
  • 1 1/2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce (use tamari for gluten free)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F.  Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.



Cut the potato lengthwise into 1/3-inch thick slices; cut each slice into 1/3-inch fries. Place on the baking sheet and toss with oil to evenly coat. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place on a single layer onto the greased baking sheet. Bake uncovered on the lower third of the oven for about 25 minutes or until tender crisp and golden.


Meanwhile, season meat with salt, pepper and cumin.


Heat a large wok over high heat. When hot add the oil and the steak, cook about 2 minutes, until browned on both sides. Add the onions, bell pepper, jalapeno and garlic and cook 2 minutes.


Add the tomato, soy sauce and vinegar and cook 1 more minute. Season with more salt as needed, remove from heat and finish with cilantro. Serve immediately with french fries and divide evenly between 2 plates.



Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Potato Board. I created this recipe and received compensation to do so, I hope you enjoy!

94 comments :

  1. South American and Asian are my two favourite cuisines, so this would sure hit the spot! I love the combinations of flavours and textures here, not to mention the pretty colours! :D Fantastic Gina! x

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  2. Potato bad for you?? Who has been spreading such lies? You are right, it's the toppings and preparation that make food bad. Anything natural is good for you. Of course, too much of one thing can never be good. In any case, this recipe sounds delish! It reminds me of fajitas, my favorite Mexican food. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I know, I always laugh when people comment such lies!

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  3. This looks SO good! Is it spicy? Just want to know if my kids can eat it, or if I should omit the jalapeño when making it. Thanks :)

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    1. It's mild, but you can leave it out for the kiddos!

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    2. I'm Peruvian and grew up eating this. It's my favorite dish. You can leave out the jalapeno. My mom never used jalapenos, mainly because I don't like spicy food. :)

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    3. I made this last night and while it was really good, it was really spicy too. I used 1 jalapeño for a doubled recipe and 16 hours later my finger tips are still burning. Maybe I just came across a really hot one because this is the first time this happened to me, but next time I will go with 1/2 jalapeño for 4 servings (and we do like spicy food).

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  4. My favorite Peruvian meal, looks delicious! As a Peruvian, I would add a fried (or poached) egg on top. We add eggs to everything, lol!

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    1. I was thinking the same thing! #putaneggonit

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    2. True Peruvian! So does my husband!!!

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  5. Thank you SO much! I had lomo saltado at a Peruvian restaurant in LA a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. This recipe looks delicious, I can't wait to make it for my family!

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  6. Going to make this tomorrow night! Thank you, Gina!

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  7. OMG this recipe is awesome! Not only is it delicious looking, but it serves 2! I struggle with recipes that serve more because I usually end up eating all of it since my husband is a picky, picky eater. I'm so going to try this as soon as I can!

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  8. I made Lomo Saltado the other night from a recipe found online because I wanted it so badly but the flavor was not right. I am so excited to try your version as I am always crazy about your recipes!!

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  9. My husband is Peruvian and this is my favorite dish! I would love to try your lighter take on the recipe.. thanks for sharing!

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  10. This looks great - want to try this out!
    http://youtube.com/addalittlefood

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  11. So excited to make this it is my favorite Peruvian dish!

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  12. Weird question I know but can you substitute the beef for chicken or any other meat?

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    1. I've never made/had it with chicken, but I have seen it on Peruvian restaurants menu with chicken. Good luck!

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    2. yes you can!. I'm peruvian, and I made 'chicken' saltado the other day at home. I used fresh chopped parsley instead of cilantro , and it came out delicious . In Peru we do not add bell peppers to this dish. I am sure Gina's version is delicious though, so I will try it out ;).

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    3. Yes chicken works too! And correct, I added the yellow bell pepper for extra veggies, flavor and color.

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  13. I lived with a Peruvian family in Cusco for a month and I got to eat sooo much lomo saltado. It was amazing! But the general diet of potatoes and meat led me to a number on the scale I'd rather forget. I like the sounds of a lightened up version...and one without their aji amarillo! I found it once, but haven't been able to find it since. Can't wait to try this!

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  14. I love that it has the potatoes in it! My best friend was Peruvian growing up, and I used to beg my mom to let me eat dinner at their house! I loved all the spices and flavors her mom would use!

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  15. I am so glad there are others out there who don't hate on potatoes. My friends think I'm crazy when I try to explain that potatoes aren't actually BAD for you. With the skin on, they contain so many nutrients, and are fairly low in calories for being as filling as they are.

    This recipe looks delicious and so easy and fast!

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  16. A yummy and healthy dish very nice interesting :) Thank you :) personal chef in austin tx

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  17. I have been looking for a lean version of this since I first saw it on Diner, Drive-ins and Dives. Thank you so much!!

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  18. Would this reheat well?

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  19. I'm curious about reheating, too. I live alone and if it reheats well, I could have the leftovers for lunch the next day. But not sure about the potato -- it would lose it's crunch, I'm afraid. In that case, I'll just halve the recipe, using a smaller potato. Also, Gina, am I correct in assuming that the PP value does NOT include the slice of avocado?

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    1. To be honest I love this dish best the second day because the flavors all get soaked up in the potatoes. They will inevitably be a little on the soft side but since you eat it all together, vs french fries on the side of a burger, you won't mind!

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    2. I would halve it for one and correct, avocado is extra.

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  20. Just curious, why do you list the old ww points?

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    1. I'm glad you publish the old ww points - I'm sure I'm not the only one who hasn't adopted the new plan and points. I've had great success with the old plan and points and don't want to change so please continue to publish the old ww points. Thanks

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    2. Some people still use the old points.

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  21. My daughter and her Peruvian BF made this dish for us.Truly delicious and they also baked potatoes in oven.So good!Thanks!

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  22. This sounds totally delish! I MUST try this! Never had Peruvian food!

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  23. We were in Peru in January and took a tour that introduced us to some Peruvian food. It was delicious, so I'm delighted to see this recipe, which also sounds delicious. I'm looking forward to trying it.

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  24. There is a restaurant called Ceviche 105 here in Miami and this is the dish that I always get! I'm a vegetarian so they leave out the steak and add extra veggies. It is SOOO good. I'll definitely have to try your version!

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  25. Gina, you've become a visitor in our house about 3 to 4 times a week! My husband says, "That woman doesn't know how to make a bad meal!" Can't wait for the cookbook!

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    1. That's so sweet, thank you're husband for me!

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  26. Gina, all of your recipes are so delicious - each one is more amazing than the last!

    One question: whenever I bake sliced potatoes in the oven they always seem to take forever (sometimes over an hour). Do you do anything before putting them in besides tossing them in oil and spices?

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    1. When I make "oven fries," I cut up the potatoes and then zap them in the microwave for 2-4 minutes (depending on how much I'm making) to get them started cooking. Really cuts down on oven time and as far as I can tell doesn't effect the final product.

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    2. Kristen, thank you so much, this is really helpful!! Do you add any water to the potatoes when you zap them or just by themselves?

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    3. No water, but I do give them a good spray with cooking spray so they don't stick to the plate or to each other too much. =)

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    4. I don't do anything, try cutting them thinner so they cook quicker. Also you may try increasing the oven temp

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  27. How would you make it saucier? I like my stir fry with sauce

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    1. Add some beef broth when you add the soy sauce.

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  28. I love lomo! We go for Chifa all the time...have everything to make this already-Saturday's dinner...thanks!

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  29. Well this was absolutely delicious! The beef was tender, the veggies crisp, and the flavor was delightful. I chose to spray my fries with olive oil spray, and it was a little light so next time I would want to be sure that I used enough oil, but they still cooked up great, just not as browned as I would have liked. My partner enjoyed it just as much as I did. YUM. Will definitely make again!

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  30. Made this tonight… DELICIOUS! My hubby and I both really enjoyed it. Very fresh tasting and flavorful. Thanks for the recipe…
    ~a new follower in Germany :)

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  31. This was so good! I have not made a recipe of yours yet that hasn't been a winner!

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  32. Oooooh I just love everything about this!

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  33. Why am I seeing this at night!! I MUST try this out this summer, and I only tried Peruvian pastries once before, so I am excited to test this out!

    Emily // ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

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  34. Looks awesome. Thanks for defending potatoes too. I don't know who came up with the whole "they're not good for you" thing. I don't eat too potatoes often but it is because I grew up in Puerto Rico and we eat so many other tubers that taste better (and are also good for you), so I never got use to it.

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  35. This was my favorite when I went to Peru a few years ago! Good memories!

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  36. Gina, how would this work out if I uesd chicken instead of beef? My family doesn't eat beef or pork.

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    1. That's another common way of making this dish. In that case it's call pollo saltado instead.

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  37. Anyone know the recipe for the cilantro dip that comes with the lomo at the restaurant?

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  38. This recipe is fabulous!!! Thank you! I love your site!!

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  39. What a creative recipe! I can't wait to try it!

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  40. Another great skinnytaste recipe! This must make the best recipes of 2014 !

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  41. Delicious! I made this tonight for dinner and we absolutely loved every bite. Just one point - where do you add the bell peppers? I couldn't find this step in the recipe so I put them in with the onion and garlic. Did I just not see it or isn't it included? Anyway, we LOVED this dish and I'll be making it again soon. Thank you.

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    1. Sorry, with the jalapeno, I will adjust!

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  42. I just had this for lunch and it was AMAZING! Thanks for another great recipe, Gina! <3

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    1. Great!!!! SO glad you liked it, I knew you would :)

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  43. I'm not loving all these carb counting and 'clean' eating posts. I love Skinnytaste because you've never subscribed to those things before, and instead focused on regular food that's simply lightened up.

    The shift in this blog makes me wonder if you've jumped ship and it will suddenly be a paleo-gluten free-organic-vegan recipe blog soon...

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    1. This recipe has potatoes, so it's certainly now a no-carb recipe, plus all my recipes have always been clean! I know many different people follow my blog with all types of diet restrictions, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, etc and I always let people know when a recipe fits their restriction, but always the recipes are WW friendly.

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  44. What a fantastic dish, Gina! Once again, you've managed to lighten up a dish without losing any of its appeal.

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  45. This was dinner last night. I have never been disappointed in a recipe from your site, Gina and once again, you hit a home run with this one. Simply delicious. I LOVED the oven fries with the stir fry. I will be making this one again and again.

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  46. Wonderful! Reminds me of Peru :).
    Next time, I think I'll reverse the order that things go into the pan. The steak overcooked a bit by the time the onions were soft. But other than that, perfect! Would have never guessed the ingredients in the sauce but the whole is certainly greater than the sum of its parts. Thank you!

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  47. I made this tonight. So delicious! :)

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  48. Super tasty and the oven baked fries are wonderful. Thanks

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  49. This was so good! One of my favorite meals of the many many Skinny Taste recipes we have made.

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  50. I made this tonight & it was awesome! Very generous portion for 8 PTs abd the fries made me feel like I was cheating! Delish! Husband raved about this :).

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  51. Vacationing in Colorado! My daughter made this last night and we all loved it. Delicious flavors and the avocado is a great addition.

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  52. Made this last night and it was so fantastic! My beef/veggies were saucy and yours didn't look saucy, but regardless I enjoyed the sauce over the potatoes! So delish! Love all your recipes!

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  53. Made this tonight and it was so flavorful, and so pretty. Great recipe!!!

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  54. A few people in my family are allergic to tomatoes. Do you think the recipe would be just as good without?

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    1. im sure it would be fine without them

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  56. Made it without cilantro and jalapeño. It was awesome!!

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  57. I made this last night and I can't tell you how much I loved it! It's spicy but not too spicy. Felt filling but also healthy. I'm already planning to make this one again soon. Thanks for the recipe!

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  58. I broke down the ingredients by weight watchers points and then calculated the points a second time using the nutrition information you provided, and it might be possible that this dish is even "skinner" then noted. When breaking down the ingredients I calculated one serving as having 7 points, while your nutrition information came out to 5 points. Thoughts?

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    1. Oh dear, I calculated wrong, 8 points it is! My apologies :)

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  59. Made this meal tonight... I added another 1/2lb of sirloin and a potato and broke it into 4 servings so that I could have leftovers. I also used a poblano pepper instead of jalapeño since I am not a fan of those but love poblano peppers. On my recipe builder it ended up being the same points! So excited! It was such a flavorful and filling meal. Thanks Gina for always having meals that are so yummy and wholesome!

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  60. Made this for dinner and it was a HUGE hit! It will be in our regular rotation for sure! Thanks so much!

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  61. This one's a winner! We loved it! Thanks again for an awesome recipe. :)

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  62. Out-freaking-standing! LOVED by all!!! WINNER!

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  63. A-mazing! This is a definite keeper. My husband is not much for cooked tomatoes, but that is what he said made this dish unique. Loved the way each ingredient played off each other. Putting this one on repeat... :)

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