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Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Beef Stir Fry)

Lomo Saltado Peruvian Beef Stir Fry with Sweet Potato Fries

It’s funny how I stumble across new recipes I’ve never heard about, tasted or seen like this Peruvian Beef Stir Fry called Lomo Saltado. 

Sometimes I feel I must have my head buried in the traditional culinary sands so deeply,  I’ve missed some intriguing recipes.  However, all is not lost…  I have friends to thank for sharing the culinary light.

I first heard about Lomo Saltado, a Peruvian Beef Stir fry, from my friend Cristina.  She visits Florida often and tasted this dish the last time she visited.  After she described the recipe, I was definitely intrigued.  A Beef Stir Fry that includes French fries.  Huh.

So I did some research and it seems those who write about Lomo Saltado are passionate about one thing. Those fries. Although it seems a little odd,  it works. 

The remaining ingredients vary according to author and culinary background.  Beef is the main ingredient and even the cut of beef varies from recipe to recipe.  I also found this dish served with yellow rice or steamed rice.

Lomo Saltado Peruvian Beef Stir Fry with Sweet Potato Fries // Karista's Kitchen

I decided to keep things simple and adapt several recipes into one – making this beef stir fry with a twist of my own.

Some of the recipes I found use only the beef, onion, hot pepper and French fries.  A few add in a green bell pepper or hot pepper and one recipe included pickled jalapenos.  They all sound delicious but I decided to make a one dish meal and include more veggies.  Along with substituting the French fries for sweet potato fries.  But please feel free to keep the French fries.  I just happen to love sweet potato fries and I thought the sweetness of the fries would nicely balance the salty flavors of the sauce.

In the recipe I’ve given several substitutions.  Feel free to experiment and personalize your Peruvian Beef Stir Fry.  I’d love to know how you mix it up, so keep me posted!

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,


Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Beef Stir Fry)

Serving Size: 4


  • 1 lb Flat iron or skirt steak cut into ½ inch strips
  • Pinch of ground cumin
  • Pinch of ground coriander (optional)
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced for stir fry (optional)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced for stir fry (optional)
  • 1 poblano pepper, sliced for stir fry (seeds can be hot so it’s up to you if you include them) or use a jalapeno or hot yellow pepper, diced
  • 2-4 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely diced or minced
  • Sweet potato fries, cooked according to package directions (you can also use traditional potato fries)
  • Handful of fresh coarsely chopped cilantro (I think sliced green onions would be a good substitute)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dash of hot sauce if needed (I used Sriracha)


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar and brown sugar. Reserve.
  • In a large skillet or large wok, heat two tablespoons oil over high heat. Lightly season the beef with black pepper, ground cumin and ground coriander. When the oil is hot brown the meat and then transfer it to a plate.
  • When all the meat has been browned, add a little more oil to the skillet and then sauté the veggies until lightly wilted or crisp tender. Adjust heat as needed.
  • Stir in the garlic the last 30 seconds of cooking. Add the beef back in to the skillet with the veggies and then stir in the sauce. Let the sauce coat the beef and veggies and then remove from the heat.
  • Season with salt and a dash of hot sauce if needed.
  • Place the fries on a platter, top with the beef and veggie stir fry and garnish with the fresh cilantro. Serve with hot sauce if desired.
  • Notes

    Recipe adapted from multiple sources

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  • Reply
    Rosemary Mullally
    September 18, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Delicious recipe.

    • Reply
      September 18, 2014 at 7:27 am

      Thank you Rosemary! Hope all is well with you and yours!

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    Alyssa (Everyday Maven)
    September 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

    This is like a spiced up beef fajita over fries! I am so intrigued – I need to make it.

    • Reply
      September 19, 2014 at 7:12 am

      It is! Even the sauce varies chef to chef or home to home, but itt’s basically a beef stir fry (or fajitas) over fries. 🙂 It was a fun dish to serve. Not a speck left after dinner. Lol!

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    Barb Bamber
    September 19, 2014 at 6:27 am

    I have never heard of this dish and love the combination you’ve whipped up! I would stick with the sweet potato fries, they’re my favorite as well:) It’s so nice to see an original dish like this.. I hope I get the chance to try it this weekend.xx

    • Reply
      September 19, 2014 at 7:14 am

      Thank you Barb! I really liked the sweet potato fries but my youngest gal loved the potato fries. She’s not a huge sweet potato fan though. I think either is delish. It’s a fun recipe and feels a bit festive. Easy to pull together for a relatively quick meal. Enjoy!

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    Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen)m
    September 21, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Karista, you have a party of colors in this dish and like eating the rainbow. A little sweet, savory, sour in the sauce that I am sure makes this a big hit with your family… Take care, BAM

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    September 23, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Definitely an intriguing combo! What a wonderful weeknight dinner this would make. I love sweet potato fries too (usually, with some horseradish sauce!) so this is doubly great.

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      September 25, 2014 at 6:29 am

      Wow, horseradish sauce! Great idea! 🙂 I love horseradish sauce, probably a little too much. Thanks Ksenia, it’s a fun dish to make and to serve.

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    September 24, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    This literally gives new meaning to the word stir fry! Love your delicious take on a new weeknight dinner and I think that (being the sweet potato fiend I am,) I’ll need to try this soon. As for the many variations you found, I this hit the nail on the head 😉

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