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 is “hot meat”. But in the world of the internets, titling a recipe hot meat, didn’t strike me as the best move ;)
Instead, this family favorite is now dubbed Spicy Pepper Steak. And it is wonderful. It gets rave reviews each and every time I make it. If you’re a spicy food lover, you’ve got to try it. I know you’ll love it too!
It is the perfect dish to bring to BBQs and potlucks too because you can make it a day in advance. In fact, it is the thing that I, myself, bring to all the BBQs.
First you start by marinating the steak in soy sauce. I recommend marinating it for at least an hour although you can do longer than that. If I’m going to cook it after that first hour I simply let it marinate on the counter. If I am going to cook it later than that, I let it marinate in the refrigerator.
After it’s done marinating it, grill the steak (or you can cook it in a screaming hot pan on your stove). I usually cook it 5 minutes per side for medium rare and then let it rest before slicing it.
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.
Either way, this Spicy Pepper Steak is sure to become a favorite for the chili lovers in your family!
Note: This post was originally written in 2009. It was updated with new photos, step by step photos, nutrition facts and recipe notes in 2021.