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!

Watch Toni Chapman, @themoodyfoody make it!

Ingredients you’ll need

  • 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)

Puerto Rican Pepper Steak

Pepper Steak
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean, Latin, Spanish
Servings 6
Calories 567 kcal


  • 2-3 pounds flank steak
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup sofrito
  • 1/2 bell red pepper sliced
  • 1/2 bell green pepper sliced
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 8 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 garlic, 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 in, and then pour it into the pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the water reduces by half. Lower the heat, cover the pot, and cook on low for about an hour or until the meat is tender
Keyword Begginer Friendly, Easy Recipes

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  1. Audrey Jackson March 9, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    5 stars
    This was my first time cooking steak; I’m not a red meat person but my husband is and so I tried this recipe. We both loved it! Super simple especially for someone not used to cooking with red meat. I used beef stew chunks because I couldn’t find any flank steak at my local store. Turned out great.

  2. kennedy March 16, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    5 stars
    yasss we love a traditional dish made cozy and easy. my kids loved! 🙂

  3. Tiara March 17, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    5 stars
    My friends loved it so much! My guy was jealous that I made it when he left, Definitely will be making this again today!

  4. Erica March 23, 2023 at 9:21 am

    Hi Toni.
    I just have to say that your Puerto Rican Pepper Steak was so delicious!!! The flavors were so good with rice and the plantains, I could’ve sore I had restaurant food. My family loved it, to the point that there was no left overs. We all felt sad that we couldn’t indulge ourselves for more of this dish the next day. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes. Keep doing your thang!!! I have your website locked in for my go to.

  5. Jewell September 29, 2023 at 10:52 pm

    Let me start with GIRLLLLLLLLL! I haven’t ate beef since 2014/2015 & I’ve been missing Puerto Rican pepper steak lately. I decided to live my best life and use your recipe to make it and you did NOT disappoint. Such a tasty dinner that is so cozy. Reminds me of growing up in New York. If I could make this every night I would. Thank you soooo much for sharing this 🫶🏾🫶🏾

  6. Mrs. M.O September 30, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe reminded me so much of my late abuelas. I wanted to make it for my family and my husband said it was delicious. It instantly transported me back to minisla as a little girl. I can’t wait to try some of Toni’s other recipes. Thank you for sharing this platform❣️

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  8. Sarah March 26, 2024 at 7:08 pm

    Love this recipe!!! I add a little extra sazon lol