If you live in Los Angeles, you’ve probably heard of a Peruvian restaurant called Mario’s and their famous dish, Lomo Saltado. I recently went and still loved it as much as when I first had it almost 10 years ago. It’s a simple stir fry dish with beef, tomatoes, red onions, and yes, french fries. To top it all off, they have a spicy green sauce, also known as Aji sauce to round out the dish. After watching how this dish is prepared, I had to make it myself. I was pleasantly surprised to see how delicious and easy lomo saltado is to make!
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Lomo saltado comes together very quickly so make sure you have all the vegetables prepped before cooking. Start by trimming the tri-tip, removing any excess fat.
When you are ready to saute, saute the meat until they are cooked. Remove the meat but leave the juices and add the onions. This way the onions will soak up the flavor. Add the tomatoes and lightly saute, for about 1 minute. Add back the meat and the french fries. I wanted the french fries to soak up some of the juices so I mixed it in while still cooking; however, if you like your french fries more crispy feel free to toss them in the last minute right before serving. Enjoy with a side of rice and the aji sauce!
People loved this dish! Many were unfamiliar with lomo saltado and were surprised to find french fries in the dish, but they all came around and many came back for seconds. One person described it as “fantabulous!” When I asked a fellow Peruvian cook, she said the flavor was spot on. The only difference was the cut of the meat, which is supposed to be small cubes rather than sliced. Just describing this dish makes me want to grab seconds myself.
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