Potatoes are a staple food in many countries around the world. In fact, there are over 3,000 different kinds of potatoes! But did you know that the potato actually originated in Peru? (You can learn more fun facts like that in “Around the World with Kate & Mack: A Look at Languages from A-Z”.)
Lomo saltado is a delicious dish from Peru shared with us by Danny and Luis, two missionary kids who live there. Their mom said, “Most Peruvian families eat potatoes every single day, sometimes at all three meals! Danny and Luis love this traditional Peruvian dish because it features one of their favorite types of potatoes — french fries.”
French fries, combined with delicious strips of beef, chunks of tomatoes, juicy peppers and onions piled over a steaming heap of rice. Can you say “yum”? Lomo saltado is perfect for either lunch or dinner, and we guarantee you’ll want to make this recipe part of your regular menu!
- 1 pound steak or lean beef, cut into thin strips
- Soy sauce
- 2-4 tablespoons oil for frying
- 1 big onion, sliced in long strips
- ½ red or green sweet pepper, sliced in thin strips (optional)
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- Fresh parsley, chopped
- Salt, pepper and cumin (to taste)
- Homemade french fries OR 1 bag frozen fries
Here’s how you make it:
- Marinate beef in soy sauce for one hour.
- Heat oil in a large frying pan, then add the beef and start cooking it.
- Once the beef is almost cooked, add the onions and sweet peppers, cooking until almost tender.
- Then add the tomatoes, stirring gently. Turn down the heat.
- Let the tomatoes cook for about five minutes (until the juice cooks into a light sauce).
- Season to taste with pepper and cumin (a light shake of cumin gives this dish a very Peruvian flavor!).
- Spoon the lomo saltado on top of the french fries, sprinkle on the fresh parsley and enjoy.