Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Beef Stir Fry)

Have you ever tried Peruvian food? It’s a first for me over here. But when I started posting recipes and pictures on my instagram of Red Thai CurryMoo Shu PorkCarne Mechada and Coq Au Vin, some lovely human told me I needed to make Lomo Saltado. After some quick research, I began to see that Peruvian food will most likely become a staple in my own house. These meals are full of flavor with simple ingredients that you can find anywhere. But since I like to put my own spin on anything I make, I used flank steak instead of sirloin because I love flank steak and it was on sale, then I added peppers and used easypeasylemonsqueezy cauliflower rice instead of real rice. Boom. PaleOMG style. This meal reminds me of my Slow Cooker Carne Asada Loaded Fries recipe…which you should also try. Make both, then eat them side by side, and be the happiest person alive. Just do it.

Ok, it’s finally official. I don’t travel again until until January. No more airports, no more disgusting people, no more people coughing with their mouth open, no more airport food or stale coffee, no more paying for extra gas and parking to go to our airport that’s SO FAR, no more feeling like you smell like people’s morning farts when you have a flight at 6am, and no more kids kicking the back of my seat.

Speaking of kids, have you seen the new show Master of None created by Aziz Ansari on Netflix? Say yes or you’ll have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about. Ok, quick run down. The first episode is all about how parenthood can look so great sometimes then reality sets in and it’s a miserable hell hole. In a way, you want to stop watching the reality and live in your bubble of believing your life would never be like that. That your children would be well behaved, wouldn’t cry and your relationship with your spouse would be forever wonderful. But then you talk to every single one of your friends and find out it’s always the same: Having a kid and being married is hard and really awful sometimes, but it’s SO worth it. That’s all people say. “It’s SO worth it.” I wish I had $1 for every time someone said that to me because I would truly have $200 and who doesn’t want $200?? But the thing is, none of those friends have a 40 year old son living at home, in the basement, playing video games while still being a virgin. Is it worth it then? Riddle me that.

I go back and forth about having kids. Obviously. Mostly because I strongly dislike them. But also because I feel way too young to have children. My mom had me when she was 38 so that was always normal to me and me being only 27 and getting married this early on in life makes me feel like I have a milli years to decide that I want to ruin my life. I just wish my friends would stop telling the truth about raising children. Why can’t they just lie?

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Lomo Saltado

  • Yield: 3-4 1x



For the fries

  • 2 white sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into fry sizes
  • 23 tablespoons ghee
  • pinch of salt

For the stir fry

  • 23 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chicken or beef broth
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 large plum tomato, sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the Green Peruvian Sauce (Green Aji Sauce)


  1. *Make cauliflower rice, if making.*
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss fry-size cut sweet potatoes in ghee and sprinkle with a bit of salt. Place on baking sheet in one even layer. Bake for 20 minutes then toss to cook on other side for 10 more minutes.
  3. While sweet potatoes bake, place a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Pat flank steak dry and sprinkle salt and garlic powder over meat liberally. Add ghee to pan then once hot, cook meat in pan for 2-3 minutes per side, being sure you don’t overcrowd the pan. You may want to do this in two batches. once meat cooks on both sides, remove and set aside.
  4. Add the onions to the hot pan and cook for about 8 minutes until onions begin to caramelize. Then add peppers, toss and cook for 3 more minutes.
  5. Finally, add coconut aminos, red wine vinegar, broth, cumin and a bit of salt and pepper. Mix then let reduce for about 8-10 minutes, until the sauce thickens and reduces by 1/3. Once sauce has reduced, add sliced tomato, toss and cook for 1 more minutes.
  6. Lastly, make aji sauce: place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  7. To finish the dish, add steak and sweet potato fries to sauté pan and toss. Let warm through for about 2-3 minutes before serving.
  8. Eat dish with cauliflower rice, stir fry and top it all off with aji sauce and extra cilantro!

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37 thoughts on “Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Beef Stir Fry)”

  1. I love Peruvian good and am so excited to see this recipe!! I’m definitely going top try it soon. You can get good quality Peruvian Aji at hispanic grocery stores. It is really good and has a different flavor than the jalapeno chillies. Try it out!

  2. Ii JUST started watching Master of None ten minutes ago. So far, I’m loving it! I have an eight year old and I’m still looking for the instruction manual.

    I was married at 27 as well and had her when i was 31. And eight years later, I still get asked if I’m going to have another. Because apparently having only one means there is something dreadfully wrong with you. Sigh.

    1. i get so sick of people asking me if I’m going to have children. i get that they are just making conversation but that’s a big decision and personal one! now i’m going to be totally aware of asking people if they want to have children or more children because i hate being asked that lol. hoping master of none isn’t just about children being hell lol

      1. When people ask you if you are going to have kids, just do what my husband and I do and tell them you just enjoy practicing right now 🙂 Usually gets them to shut up.

  3. If you’re ever back in So Cal, you have to visit El Pollo Inka in Torrance. It’s THE place I go to when I’m visiting family/friends. I always get Saltado De Pollo (like Lomo Saltado but with Chicken). Peruvian food there is BOMB. Eric has perfectly replicated the aji sauce there and when we make it, we have make it big batches because people are always asking us for some. We call it the “all purpose sauce” because it can on any just about anything! I had the Lomo Saltado at Departure during my business trip last month and while it was good, I still love El Pollo Inka’s . This recipe looks amazing!

    1. Yum-ah-ha (make the sound of a motorcycle)! My highest rating of yummy food. When I was in Peru this was one of my favorite dishes, so I was excited to try this. I used what ingredients I had. My fries were orange and purple flesh sweet potatoes, my onions were yellow out of my garden, I had no bell peppers, I used fresh garlic, and I did not make the sauce for the top. The pan sauce was delicious. My dog was begging for a taste. Thank you for sharing. I will use this again!

      1. I just made this again, so yummy! I have not made the aji sauce yet. Thanks again for this yummy recipe.

  4. Master of none is pretty hilarious… And don’t worry, it’s really not about kids at all. Aaaand I agree with you – kids pretty much suck. Boooo no thanks!

  5. Juli, I’m one of those people who has the genetic trait that makes cilantro taste like soap. You and a lot of other people often use it in recipes… do you have a suggestion for a replacement? I use parsley, but I don’t think that has the right flavor, but because cilantro tastes like soap to me, I don’t know what to use!

  6. Girl, I totally feel you on the kid thing! I’m 43 and got pregnant when I was 17, had my son when I was 18, then my daughter when I was 22. It. Was. Rough. I got divorced when they were 9 and 5. Now I’m married to an amazing man <3 and my "kids" are 21 and 25. Sounds like it all worked out right? Um, except that both of my kids experienced traumatic events in their lives (which I won't disclose obvi) and are in recovery from the drug addiction that they turned to to cope. Ugh Ugh Ugh!!! Life's a roller coaster and we just deal with it minute by minute sometimes unfortunately. Thank goodness I have cooking and weight training as a hobby…keeps me distracted from, uh, my life…

    1. see! that’s so frightening and those are things you cannot change. so scary! hope i can bring a little light to your day through those rough patches!

  7. This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it. SO funny about the kids thing, people say the darndest things. I have 4 little urchins so I get a lot of interesting comments. My favorite is when people ask if we were “trying” to get pregnant. Awwwwkward!

  8. I just got engaged and I’m already being asked if we’ll have kids right away. I’m on the fence as well. Right now I love my life and we really like spontaneous trips, and planning for major traveling. That right now is more important to me. I get so upset when people constantly tell me I need to have kids or I’ll be miserable, or regret it. It’s personal! I don’t turn to them and say. “why DID you have kids.” people need to know boundaries.

  9. Hey there! Just wanted to balance out the discussion a bit.. I got married right out of undergrad (22). We worked like crazy, bought an old house, renovated the heck out of it, raced mountain bikes and triathlons, traveled a bunch, cooked awesome food, hung out with friends.. Fantastic times. Swore we’d never have kids until one day we watched a family enjoying the sunset at the beach with ice cream cones. aaaand then we started pondering the idea. Fast forward to now. We’re both 31, have a 3 year old curly headed precocious boy who cracks us up daily with his antics and fresh perspective on the world. We bought another old house (yes, we’re crazy), we’re three years deep into our crossfit addiction, we travel a fair bit, cook awesome food, and hang out with friends (albeit less often because, well, see the aforementioned crossfit addiction). Is raising a kid challenging? Sure–teaching another human how to sleep well, eat well, practice good manners, and share is tricky, especially when you’d secretly love to get in one more workout a week or send just a few more emails for work. The stuff you don’t expect, though, is how much you’ll melt when they throw their arms around your neck and declare ‘I love you, mama’, how little you’ll care about midnight potty trips when they snuggle up and pass out in your arms before you can get them back to bed, or how astonished you’ll be as you set them free in little ways every day and watch them conquer their world. You get to relive the good (and the bad) of your own childhood as they grow and you’ll understand yourself and them in ways you never expected. Sometimes it sucks, because you are the authority and no one wants to be the bad guy, but sometimes, it’s a delight (like when the grocery store bakery hands your kid two cookies and he spontaneously offers to share with you). Will your relationship with your spouse change? Probably. Hard to predict what that will look like. At first we grieved the loss of spontaneous outings and long, leisurely (uninterrupted) conversations. Slowly, though, those things come back. Making the effort to stay connected at every stage helped us immensely. And we waited for kids… all those adventures we had at the beginning helped sustain us when we were stuck in a strict routine. So, my long-winded advice is this: ignore the outsiders; they don’t know you or your relationship. Enjoy your engagement, your wedding, and your marriage. You’ll know if, and when, the time is right. (also, use the one liners your readers are offering–they’re good!). Best wishes and thank you (you’re responsible for lots of that awesome food we’re cooking)!

    1. amen, mama 🙂 it was the same for us. thankfully my family didn’t provide the pressure, but we got married pretty ‘late’ at 28 and 35. my sister passed away a couple of years ago, and things like that kind of make you realize that life is too short to wait any longer. it felt like the right time, so we went for it. like mary said, you’ll know what’s right for you!

  10. To phyllis- one teenage daughter has the cilantro=soap thing and I substitute basil. She loves it. I’ve been making this recipe with chicken for about a year, other teenage daughter is gluten free/vegan- recipe is very adaptable.

  11. Julie, just wanted to say thank you for this great recipe. We had it tonight for dinner and we both loved it! I can’t wait for my leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

  12. Hello,
    I found your website a few days ago and have already tried some recipes which have been delicious, although I didn’t follow them precisely e.g. I didn’t have sweet potato so I didn’t include it when I made lomo saltado. I have decided to start a blog (double inspiration there I guess!) and some of it is about food as friends have been asking me where I find recipes. In the blog I have directed them to your site for this recipe and other inspirations. I am not a total paleo junkie but I like a lot of paleo recipes. I hope that’s alright, sharing your recipes. I am very new to the blog thing and don’t want to step on anybody’s toes.
    Looking forward to trying out more recipes, and working out the differences between American and English ingredients!

  13. I love it when I can bust out a meal in a little over an hour and it tastes like this. All of the flavors came together perfectly, and my 6 year old daughter gave the sauce “10 thumbs up.” Thanks for yet another excellent recipe.

  14. Here it is. (The lie that’s not really a lie!) I disliked children—until I had my own! I think you are wise to NOT be in a hurry. You have plenty of time. I had my first when I was 26, and my last at 34 (and two in-between) and frankly, I was a lot nicer to my younger children. I was calmer. I worried less about stupid things that I couldn’t change. I was more comfortable in my own skin. Oh…. My hubby is Peruvian, so I’m very thankful for your paleo-version of this AND your Ají de Gallina. Muchas Gracias!

  15. JULI!!! This recipe is da bomb girrrrl! I was just telling my husband I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad recipe from your website. This is a new favorite! Thanks for keeping our dinners from being boring!

  16. We made this last night and it was SO ????????DAMN ???????? GOOD! The green Aji Sauce is everything! This will def be in our rotation from now on…thanks Juli!

  17. I know this recipe is older but I just FINALLY got around to making it, and wish I hadn’t waited so long! This was so dang good, even though I slightly burned my sweet potatoes. 🙂 Absolutely going on my “make again” list!

  18. This recipe is one of my favorites so I come back to it often…. and just made a discovery.

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