Spicy Pepper Steak is a family favorite! Perfectly cooked steak with hot chili peppers, onions, garlic and lemon. Perfect for BBQs!
Do you have a dish that you must make for all of your family BBQs and get togethers? You know what I mean. The one dish that, when people hear you are having a party, pretty much expect to be on the table. In my family it has always been this Spicy Pepper Steak. With Labor Day just around the corner, I thought it was time to share the recipe for my family’s MUST HAVE BBQ side dish.
Spicy Pepper Steak is, as the name suggests, pretty spicy. The heat comes from hot chili peppers. My family has always used Mezzetta Hot Chili Peppers for recipe. (FYI: This is not a sponsored post. We are huge Mezzetta Chili Pepper fans. Seriously, my dad and I used to have chili pepper eating contests and they were always on the table while we ate chicken curry :) )
There has been much argument in my family over how to serve this dish, one side of the family likes to simply slice the peppers and onions while the other side prefers to blend the peppers and onions together. And while both are good, you can probably guess by the picture, I am on the side that prefers the blended version. To me, blending the mixture allows it to completely coat the meat giving you more flavor and making the dish much more spicy.
Another thing that kicks up the spiciness of this dish is making it a day in advance. Letting the cooked steak marinate overnight in the spicy chili blend gives it an extra level of heat.
And, since I’m a self-proclaimed chili head, I’m all about the heat.
If you want to keep the heat down a bit you could use less chili peppers. Or, like the other half of my family, simply slice the peppers and onions instead of blending them together. You’ll get the same taste just a little less heat. Either way, this Spicy Pepper Steak is sure to become a favorite for the chili lovers in your family!
Spicy Pepper SteakPrint Recipe
- 1 1/2 pounds steak (top sirloin works well!)
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
- 1 medium onion
- 5 cloves garlic
- 10 - 15 Mezetta hot chili peppers, stems removed
- 1/2 cup of the liquid the peppers are in
- Juice of one lemon
- kosher salt to taste
Place steak in a plastic resealable bag with 2 tablespoons soy sauce. Marinate for 1 hour.
In a large skillet cook marinated steak over medium-high heat, about 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer to plate and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Slice into bite size pieces and transfer to a bowl.
In a blender or food processor combine remaining tablespoon soy sauce, onion, garlic, peppers, pepper liquid and lemon juice. Process for about 30 seconds or until well blended.
Pour blended mixture over the top of sliced steak. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
I have given instructions to cook the steak on the stove but if you are BBQ-ing it would be just as easy to cook the marinated steak on the grill over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes per side and then complete the recipe as directed.