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Best Sabana de Res Recipe

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Prepare to be wowed by this classic Colombian dish! Sabana de Res is a traditional beef recipe from Colombia, smothered in Sabana de res sauce, this traditional Latin American dish is a must try for anyone who loves a delicious and hearty meal. You’ll love this cooked beef dish along with it’s fantastic mouthwatering flavors.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Authentic Taste: Experience the rich, traditional flavors of this classic Latin American dish.
  • Easy to Follow: Clear, step-by-step instructions make this recipe accessible for all skill levels.
  • Impressive Presentation: The thinly pounded beef makes for a visually stunning meal.

Recipe Ingredients

This Sabana De Res recipe is really easy to make! With just 10 minutes of preparation time, you’ll have this tasty dish ready in no time. Here are the ingredients needed for this Latin American dish.

  • Beef Steak: The star of the dish, providing a hearty and protein-rich base.
  • Olive Oil: Used to sauté and sear the steak, enhancing its flavor and texture.
  • Garlic Cloves or Minced Garlic: Infuses the dish with a robust, savory flavor that complements the beef.
  • Pasilla Chili and Guajillo Chili: Add a depth of smoky heat to the dish.
  • Sesame Seeds: Provide a nutty flavor and crunchy texture.
  • Beef Broth/Stock: Deepens the overall flavor of the dish and adds moisture.
  • Onion: Adds a sweet, caramelized flavor when sautéed with the beef.
  • Crushed Tomatoes: Add acidity and sweetness, balancing the richness of the beef and cheese.
  • Lime Juice: Cuts through the richness of the dish with a burst of tangy freshness.
  • Avocado: Provides a creamy, cooling contrast to the heat of the chilies.
  • Cream Cheese: Adds a tangy creaminess that balances the spicy and savory flavors.
  • Rice: Serves as a filling, neutral base that soaks up the flavors of the dish.
  • Freshly Chopped Cilantro: Adds a fresh, herbaceous note to the dish.
  • Cojita Cheese: Provides a salty, tangy element that complements the rich flavors.
  • Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper: Enhance the natural flavors of the ingredients.
Best Sabana De Res ingredients on a table

How to Make Sabana de Res?

Here are our step by step instructions for cooking this Sabana De Res recipe.

Step 1: Preparing the Beef

Start by preparing the beef for the dish. Cut your beef into thin slices, then season with a bit of salt and pepper.

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Step 2: Saute Beef Until Cooked

Heat a pan over medium heat, and add some olive oil or vegetable oil. Sear until the beef is tender. Once cooked set the steak aside and let meat rest.

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Step 3: Saute Spices

Place your onion slices, garlic cloves, sesame seeds and chillies into the pan. Saute until the onions become translucent.

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Step 4: Transfer to Food Processor

Transfer the sauted ingredients to the blender or food processor. Now add the can of crushed tomatoes, beef broth and lime juice. Blitz the ingredients into a sauce.

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Step 5: Combine Cream Cheese With Sauce

Place the delicious Sabana De Res back into the skillet or Instant Pot. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted.

sabana de res sauce and cream cheese

Step 6: Plate Sabana de Res

Plate your Sabana De res Sauce. Add cooked rice and then top with your fried steaks. (flank steak or beef sirloin).

sabana de res sauce topped with Cojita cheese and cilantro and avocado

Step 7: Garnish Sabana de Res

Garnish the Sabana De Res with cojita cheese, avocado slices and fresh Cilantro for a flavorful dish.

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What To Serve With This Recipe?

Here are some top suggestions of what to serve with Sabana De Res:

  • Rice – Sabana De Res goes really well with rice and helps turn this Columbian / Mexican Beef dish into a well rounded meal. You can cook regular white rice or try cooked Mexican Red Rice.
  • Beans – Refried beans or black beans are another great side dish to serve with your Sabana De Res recipe.
  • Mashed Potatoes – You might want to pair your Sabana beef and sauce with the savory flavor of mashed potatoes.
  • Tortillas – Flour or corn tortillas will help make this meal a lot more filling and are definitely a popular option t serve with this satisfying dish.
  • Plantains – Sweet plantain slices are always a great side dish for Latin American dishes like Sabana De Res. Try this Plaintain tortillas recipe for something special!
  • Salad – Not all side dishes need to be savory, why not try a fresh Avocado salad on the side as well? Put together your favorite salad ingredients for a light and refreshing accompaniment.
  • Guacamole – A delicious guacamole would also go great with Sabana De Res. You might also want to try pico de gallo or a tomato salsa as a side for your Columbian Dinner.
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FAQ’s

Can I Cook Sabana de Res in the Pressure Cooker?

The Sabana beef and sauce is generally cooked in a skillet or frying pan and can certainly be cooked in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker using the saute or browning function.

Are Pasilla Chilis Hot?

Pasilla chilis are relatively mild compared to other types of Mexican chillies, so they will not make your Sabana De Res dish too spicy. The Pasilla and Guajillo chilli peppers give this classic Latin American dish a hint of smoky flavor without too much heat.

Where Can I Buy Pasilla and Guajillo Chilis?

Pasilla and Guajillo chillis can often be found in international or Latin American grocery stores, but if you can’t find them locally, they are also available online. I purchased my chilis here online from Amazon.

Best Sabana de Res Meat?

The best type of meat to use for Sabana De Res is either flank steak, skirt steak, or sirloin beef steak. All of these cuts are fairly lean and tender and will hold up to the flavor of the Sabana De Res sauce.

Can I Use Garlic Powder Instead of Garlic Cloves?

Yes, you can certainly use garlic powder instead of minced fresh garlic for this recipe. I prefer to use cloves and saute them before adding to the blender.

Can I Make This Dish Ahead of Time?

Yes, Sabana De Res tastes even better the day after it is cooked so it’s a great dish to prepare in advance. To make ahead of time: cook all ingredients as per the instructions, then let cool before placing in an airtight container. Reheat when needed.

Is Beef Broth Best?

If you want a delicious flavor that everyone will love stick to beef broth or beef stock. If you wan to use chicken broth then that’s okay but the beef flavor makes this classic dish perfect!

Best Cheese Toppings

For the best flavours and textures, try topping your Sabana De Res dish with a mix of cotija cheese, cream cheese and fresh cilantro. You can also top the dish with a sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese or shredded Mozzarella for an extra cheesy version. Another popular cheese for this dish is chihuahua cheese or queso fresco.

Sabana De Res Beef and rice on a plate with sabana de res sauce

Sabana De Res Colombian Beef

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This delicious and tasty Sabana De Res recipe is one you don't want to miss. Made with mouthwatering flavors this beef steak is a real winner.

Ingredients

  • 1 Slice Beef Steak
  • 2 Tablespoon Of Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves or Minced Garlic
  • 1 Piece Pasilla Chili
  • 1 Piece of Guajillo Chili
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Beef Broth/Stock
  • 1 Medium Onion Sliced
  • 1 Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Lime Juice
  • 1 Avocado sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 1 Tablespoon Freshly Chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 Cup Cojita Cheese
  • Kosher Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Start by preparing the beef for the dish. Cut your beef into thin slices, then season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a pan over medium heat, and add some olive oil or vegetable oil. Sear until the beef is tender.
  3. Once cooked set the steak aside and let meat rest.Place your onion slices, garlic cloves, sesame seeds and chillies into the pan.
  4. Saute until the onions become translucent.
  5. Transfer the sauted ingredients to the blender or food processor.
  6. Now add the can of crushed tomatoes, beef broth and lime juice. Blitz the ingredients into a sauce.
  7. Place the delicious Sabana De Res back into the skillet or Instant Pot. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted.
  8. Plate your Sabana De res Sauce. Add cooked rice and then top with your fried steaks. (flank steak or beef sirloin).

Notes

Cook Rice Seprately or serve with tacos if you prefer sabana de res tacos.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2910Total Fat: 190gSaturated Fat: 56gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 105gCholesterol: 462mgSodium: 4952mgCarbohydrates: 156gFiber: 26gSugar: 24gProtein: 155g

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We hope you enjoy your delicious and flavourful Sabana De Res dish. For best results, follow our recipe exactly. I hope you also enjoy our Sabana De Res video! It’s pretty useful and easy to follow. This Colombian / Mexican Cuisine is sure to be a hit with family and friends! Buen Provecho!

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