Meat (specially beef) is such an important ingredient in Bolivian cuisine. I didn’t realise how much meat we eat at home until I moved to Europe. And let me tell you, this is something I truly miss. A good piece of juicy beef steak. And that is why I decided to go for this recipe :).
Something very particular in this dish is the amount of carbs that it contains. Something you will see often on Bolivian dishes. Is not rare to have a dish with potatoes and rice together. And a fried egg. Because what doesn’t go good with a fried egg ;)?
There are a lot of ways to make this dish. Most of them include a whole beef steak. My version of Lomo Montado hast the beef cut in strips. Actually when I look at the pictures this dish resembles a lot the Peruvian Lomo Saltado, with the difference that the Peruvian version includes a marinate of soy sauce and vinegar and it requires a wok.
This recipe is very simple to make and there are no super complicated steps, but I will be honest with you…your kitchen will be messy as hell after you are done. You will have at least 2 pans and 1 pot cooking at the same time. So a lot of cleaning awaits after you are done. I just think the flavour of this dish is totally worth it :)!
INGREDIENTS (Serves 4 people)
- 4 beef tenderloin (or any other tender steak)
- 1 big onion
- 1 big tomato
- 8 small potatoes
- 4 eggs
- 1 ½ cup rice
- 1-2 locotos (For the ones leaving outside Bolivia, you can replace the Bolivian locoto with Chilli pepper)
- Oil for frying
- 2 tbsp paprika
- Salt & pepper, to taste
Cut the meat into small pieces (2-3 cm thick), chop the onion and tomato. Then peel and cut the potatoes in slices.
Heat a large pan on medium heat. Cook the meat with 2 spoons of olive oil. Add the onions on one side of the pan and cook them until translucent. Then add the chilli or locoto. Stir occasionally.
On a separate pan heat ½ cup of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, fry the potato slices.
In a separate pot, cook the rice according to package instructions (I used a rice cooker, because is one step less to worry about).
Once the meat is completely cooked, add the tomato and stir all ingredients well. Add the paprika and let everything cook for few more minutes.
Once the potatoes are ready, take them out of the pan and put them on a plate with paper towel to absorb the oil. Use the same pan and remaining of the oil to fry the eggs.
While the eggs are frying, you can start assembling the dish. Your end result should look like the pictures below:
We paired this delicious beef dish with a cold beer. Perfect match!
Let me know how it turns out for you. I would love to see your comments below :).
Special thanks to photos by Kaja for making these great pictures while I was making such a mess in the kitchen ;).