Pepper Steak Stir-Fry Recipe

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Judy Brown of Rockdale, Texas makes her own picante sauce for this beefy dish, but she suggests you can also use a store-bought brand. "My husband doesn't care for Asian food," Judy writes, "but he likes this great dish with its Mexican flair."
Recommended: 32 Super Steak Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup picante sauce
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 pound boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 6 green onions, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Hot cooked rice, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 218 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 614mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a bowl, combine the cornstarch and water until smooth. Stir in the picante sauce, soy sauce and ginger; set aside.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet or wok, stir-fry meat in 2 teaspoons oil for 1-2 minutes. Remove meat with a slotted spoon and keep warm. Add the pepper, mushrooms, onions, garlic and remaining oil to the skillet. Stir-fry for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir picante sauce mixture and add to skillet with meat. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened and vegetables are crisp-tender. Serve with rice if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Pepper Steak Stir-Fry in Light & Tasty August/September 2004, p43

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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