El Pollo Inka’s Peruvian Lomo Saltado (Copycat)

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Peruvian steak and fries with red onions and tomatoes, topped with spicy cilantro sauce and served with brown rice

El Pollo Inka’s most popular entree, Lomo Saltado, is a Peruvian dish with sliced steak, onions, tomatoes, fries and cilantro topped with spicy green aji sauce and brown rice.

El Pollo Inka's most popular entree, Lomo Saltado, is sliced steak, onions, tomatoes, fries and cilantro topped with spicy green aji sauce and brown rice.

Lomo Saltado is the most popular dish at a small restaurant chain in our old neighborhood in Los Angeles called El Pollo Inka. They’ve attained a sort of cult following for their amazing food, most notably the amazing Lomo Saltado with Aji Sauce. The beef is tender, the veggies are still crisp and very flavorful, the fries are delicious and that sauce… is just amazing.

Lomo signifies it is steak, but there are also chicken and seafood variations of the dish. Any opportunities we get to go back to LA, we make sure to stop and get a few orders and a large extra side of their delicious, spicy, green aji sauce. Since those trips are few and far in between I have been experimenting with making this delicious dish at home. After four tries…. success!

El Pollo Inka's most popular entree, Lomo Saltado, is sliced steak, onions, tomatoes, fries and cilantro topped with spicy green aji sauce and brown rice.

To make french fries, peel and cut russet potatoes.
Soak them in water for as long as you can. I soaked mine for a couple of hours.
This takes the starch out and allows them to be crispier. Drain, dry and fry.Fries
Season the beef with salt and pepper.
Add soy sauce, vinegar, beef stock and cumin in a bowl together.
Put a pan over very high heat.
Add oil and on very high heat cook half the meat, brown on one side, flip over and cook for an additional 2 minutes.Steak in Pan
Remove meat and repeat with second half.Steak in Pan Cooked
Stir in the onion and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes.Onions
Add the tomatoes and cook for just a minute. The tomatoes should hold their shape.Pre Fries in pan
Stir in soy sauce mixture.
Add salt and pepper to taste
Turn off the heat, toss with french friesFries on Steak
Add chopped cilantro, green onion and serve with some Perfect Brown Rice and aji sauce.El Pollo Inka's most popular entree, Lomo Saltado, is sliced steak, onions, tomatoes, fries and cilantro topped with spicy green aji sauce and brown rice.
To make aji sauce, add all ingredients to the food processor and combine until completely smooth. Let sit for a few hours in the fridge if you can. The sauce will begin to separate after a few days, so don’t make too much at once.El Pollo Inka's most popular entree, Lomo Saltado, is sliced steak, onions, tomatoes, fries and cilantro topped with spicy green aji sauce and brown rice.

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El Pollo Inka's Peruvian Lomo Saltado (Copycat)

El Pollo Inka's most popular entree, Lomo Saltado, this traditional Peruvian dish of sliced steak, onions, tomatoes, fries and cilantro topped with spicy green aji sauce and brown rice.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Peruvian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Dinner, then Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sirloin steak cut in thin slices
  • Salt and pepper for the meat
  • Pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small red onion cut in thick slices
  • 3 plum tomatoes cut in thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup beef stock
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • salt and pepper for the cooked meal , before cilantro and fries
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro , coarsely chopped
  • 2 green onions sliced , tip to tail [minus the root]
  • 2 cups french fries , freshly fried
  • 1/2 head Iceberg Lettuce , washed, torn and dried
  • 1 whole jalapeno , stem cut off [for less spice, de-seed and de-vein]
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 lemon , juiced
  • 1/2 head of cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. To make french fries, peel and cut russet potatoes.
  2. Soak them in water for as long as you can. I soaked mine for a couple of hours.
  3. This takes the starch out and allows them to be crispier. Drain, dry and fry.
  4. Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  5. Add soy sauce, vinegar, beef stock and cumin in a bowl together.
  6. Put a pan over very high heat.
  7. Add oil and on very high heat cook half the meat, brown on one side, flip over and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  8. Remove meat and repeat with second half.
  9. Stir in the onion and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  10. Add the tomatoes and cook for just a minute. The tomatoes should hold their shape.
  11. Stir in soy sauce mixture.
  12. Add salt and pepper to taste
  13. Turn off the heat, toss with french fries
  14. Add chopped cilantro, green onion and serve with brown rice and aji sauce
  15. To make aji sauce, add the iceberg lettuce, jalapeno, mayonnaise, lemon juice, 1/2 head of cilantro and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the food processor and combine until completely smooth. Let sit for a few hours in the fridge if you can. The sauce will begin to separate after a few days, so don't make too much at once.

El Pollo Inka's most popular entree, Lomo Saltado, is sliced steak, onions, tomatoes, fries and cilantro topped with spicy green aji sauce and brown rice.El Pollo Inka's most popular entree, Lomo Saltado, is sliced steak, onions, tomatoes, fries and cilantro topped with spicy green aji sauce and brown rice.

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