Mouthwatering Potato and Steak Bites Recipe

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Garlic Potato and Steak Bites Recipe with sweet pepper slices in a pan on counter. It's an easy and delicious, one-pan family dinner!  You get fantastic salty, buttery, tender steak and potatoes in each and every mouthwatering bite! 

Meat and Potatoes go extra.  My daughters were just educating me on the term ‘extra’ and this Garlic Potato and Steak Bites Recipe is definitely EX-TRA!  (my girls are cringing right now)  The potatoes get a gorgeous and flavorful sear in the pan first and then garlic and beef filet cubes are added with sweet peppers.  You get fantastic salty, buttery, tender steak and potatoes in each and every mouthwatering bite! 

Garlic Potato and Steak Bites Recipe with sweet pepper slices on a plate with pan on counter. It's an easy and delicious, one-pan family dinner!  You get fantastic salty, buttery, tender steak and potatoes in each and every mouthwatering bite! 

Petite Beef Filet:  The secret is revealed! 

This recipe uses a lesser known cut of super tender beef, known as the Petite Filet, which comes from the shoulder.  It’s similar in flavor to the more well known Beef Tenderloin filet, but without the most expensive price tag.  In fact, you are likely to find petite filets at over 50% LESS cost/pound than a tenderloin filet. 

The petite filet is a very lean cut, generally about 165 calories per 4 oz. serving.  If you haven’t tried this cut, be sure to look for it or ask your butcher the next time you are at the store!  You will LOVE IT!

Here are other recipes where I’ve used petite beef filet: Mini Beef Wellington Bites and my Spiced Cauliflower Rice with Beef Filet.

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You need a large skillet or frying pan for this recipe. You can use a cast iron skillet for this, but it isn’t necessary. I used my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!

And mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR GARLIC STEAK BITES AND POTATOES

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you can prepare in the day(s) in advance (See the full recipe below).

The prep for this recipe includes chopping the fresh parsley, mincing the garlic, quartering the creamer potatoes (the smaller, the faster they will cook), and cutting the steak into bite-size cubes.  You can also season the steak in advance with salt and pepper. 

Knife slicing creamer potatoes for Garlic Potato and Steak Bites Recipe.  It's an easy and delicious, one-pan family dinner!  You get fantastic salty, buttery, tender steak and potatoes in each and every mouthwatering bite! 

Knife slicing mini sweet peppers for Garlic Potato and Steak Bites Recipe.  It's an easy and delicious, one-pan family dinner!  You get fantastic salty, buttery, tender steak and potatoes in each and every mouthwatering bite! 

Knife slicing petite beef filet into steak bites for Garlic Potato and Steak Bites Recipe.  It's an easy and delicious, one-pan family dinner!  You get fantastic salty, buttery, tender steak and potatoes in each and every mouthwatering bite! 

Hand seasoning raw steak bites for Garlic Potato and Steak Bites Recipe.  It's an easy and delicious, one-pan family dinner!  You get fantastic salty, buttery, tender steak and potatoes in each and every mouthwatering bite! 

Store each of these ingredients separately in the fridge or just keep aside as you get ready to cook.

Can I use another cut of beef?

There are a few different cuts that you can use for this recipe, all cooking about the same time.  I prefer tender cuts that simply sear.  I find that the tenderloin and petite beef tenderloin are the most forgiving.  In other words, if you over cook them, they don’t immediately get too tough, they stay pretty tender.  You can also use sirloin, rib eye or New York strip steak.  Be careful not to over cook these cuts as they can get tough and chewy on you.

Can I use other types of potatoes?

Yep!  You can use just about any potato that you want, as long as you cut it into small bite-size pieces.  The best potatoes are going to be small creamer or yukon potatoes as the skins are thin and tender so you don’t have to worry about peeling them.  If you use russet potatoes or sweet potatoes, you will want to peel them first.  Sweet potatoes may also take a bit longer to cook, so test them with a fork to make sure they are cooked through before moving on to the steak.

COOK YOUR GARLIC STEAK BITES AND POTATOES 

The basic steps for cooking this are: 1. sear and cook the potatoes then remove 2. sear and cook the steak bites and the peppers 3. add the potatoes back and finish.

For the potatoes, since you cut them into small pieces, they should cook pretty fast, about 10 minutes.  Add olive oil, potatoes, salt, black pepper, thyme, and oregano to a hot skillet. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, stir and cook and additional 3-5 minutes until fork tender. Remove and set aside on a plate.

Potatoes cooking in a pan for Garlic Potato and Steak Bites Recipe. It's an easy and delicious, one-pan family dinner!  You get fantastic salty, buttery, tender steak and potatoes in each and every mouthwatering bite! 

Turn the skillet to high heat. Add the 1 tablespoon butter and then the steak bites. Let the steak sear for a minute, then add in the minced garlic and sliced sweet peppers, stir everything and continue to cook for another 4-5 minutes.

Steak bites cooking in a pan for Garlic Potato and Steak Bites Recipe. It's an easy and delicious, one-pan family dinner!  You get fantastic salty, buttery, tender steak and potatoes in each and every mouthwatering bite! 

Adding sliced sweet peppers to steak bites for Garlic Potato and Steak Bites Recipe. It's an easy and delicious, one-pan family dinner!  You get fantastic salty, buttery, tender steak and potatoes in each and every mouthwatering bite! 

Add the potatoes back and cook for a final 2-3 minutes, just to warm it all together.

Garlic Potato and Steak Bites Recipe with sweet pepper slices in a pan on counter. It's an easy and delicious, one-pan family dinner!  You get fantastic salty, buttery, tender steak and potatoes in each and every mouthwatering bite! 

Top everything with the chopped parsley and serve!

Do I need a cast iron skillet for this recipe?

A cast iron skillet will give you a beautiful sear and crust to the potatoes and the steak.  However, you don’t have to use one.  You can use any large skillet or frying pan for this recipe.  I used my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking.

How do I reheat Steak Bites?

The best way to reheat this recipe is back in a pan on the stove with a little bit of extra olive oil and butter to reintroduce moisture.  You could also place everything on a sheet pan and reheat in the oven 400 F degrees for 10 minutes.  You can reheat this in the microwave, however, I don’t recommend it as it the potatoes will not get crispy, but rather soggy.  

What to serve steak bites with

All you really need to go with this recipe is a vegetable side and it’s a completely balanced meal.  A simple roasted veggie, such as broccoli with a drizzle of olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, salt, and pepper is perfect!  Or Roasted Cumin Carrots are delicious with this.  Or go with a Simple Mesclun salad for a cool side.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Garlic Potato and Steak Bites Recipe with sweet pepper slices in a pan on counter. It's an easy and delicious, one-pan family dinner!  You get fantastic salty, buttery, tender steak and potatoes in each and every mouthwatering bite! 
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Mouthwatering Garlic Potatoes and Steak Bites Recipe

This Garlic Potato and Steak Bites Recipe is quite possibly one of the easiest and delicious meat and potato dinners!  Everything cooks in one pan. The potatoes get a gorgeous and flavorful sear in the pan first and then garlic and beef filet cubes are added with sweet peppers.  You get fantastic salty, buttery, tender steak and potatoes in each and every mouthwatering bite!  #easyfamilydinner #familydinnerideas #steakbites #onepanmeals

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Beef, dinner, potatoes, steak
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 396 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Potatoes

  • 1 pound Gold creamer potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Ground thyme
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano (divided)

Steak Bites & Peppers

  • 1 pound Petite Beef Filets
  • 1 tablespoon Salted Butter
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 3 tablespoons Fresh Italian Parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoons Salt (divided)
  • 1 teaspoons black pepper (divided)
  • 8 Mini Sweet peppers (or 1 medium Red Bell Pepper)

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Rough chop the parsley. Mince the garlic. Slice the mini sweet peppers. (Note, the seeds are so small and soft, that I just keep them in, but you can discard).

  2. Cut the petite beef filet into bite-size cubes and then season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper.

  3. Quarter the creamer potatoes. If you have larger potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch x 1 inch pieces. If you are doing this step in advance, you can place them in cold water to prevent them from turning brown. Dry them off before cooking.

Cooking Steps

  1. Heat a large frying pan or skillet over medium high heat and add olive oil, potatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, thyme, and oregano. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, stir and cook and additional 3-4 minutes until fork tender. Remove and set aside on a plate.

  2. Turn the skillet to high heat. Add the 1 tablespoon butter and then the steak bites. Let the steak sear for a minute, then add in the minced garlic and the sliced sweet peppers, stir everything and continue to cook for another 4-5 minutes.

  3. Add the potatoes back and cook for a final 2-3 minutes, just to warm it all together.

  4. Top everything with the chopped parsley and serve!

Effortless Savory Empanada Beef Pie Recipe

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Sometimes good things come in small packages.  This is not one of those times, lol!  Enter my Effortless Savory Empanada Beef Pie Recipe!  It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that it’s so much easier to make then all of those individual empanadas.  But yet, it still delivers all of the familiar amazing flavors and textures in a full-on family dinner!

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SIMPLE SAVORY PIES

My family adores Empanadas, but they can be a bit time-consuming to make.  So, instead of a bunch of individual Empanadas, I decided to make one giant one!  I started with my Ground Beef Empanadas recipe.  And then updated it to add more filling ingredients, such as carrots, tomato puree, and ehem, cheese. 

There are many different types of savory pies that you can make just like this!  Try any of these skillet dinners and place a pie crust on top for an extra-special dinner! 

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Nothing special for this one! Just a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) and a small-medium pot with lid for the quinoa.

You need a large skillet or frying pan for making the beef mixture. You also need to make sure that it can go into the oven, i.e. does not have a plastic handle. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It’s also safe to go into the oven.

Mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR EMPANADA BEEF PIE RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Prepping ahead for this recipe is just a few steps.

Set one pie crust dough roll out on the counter (unopened) to bring to room temperature.  You will want a good quality ready-to-bake pie crust dough.  I like Immaculate Pie Crusts, which are not overly sweet.

Peel and dice the carrot. Dice the celery. Mince the garlic. Thinly slice the scallions.  Beat the egg in a small bowl.

Can I use a frozen pie crust dough?

Yes, just make sure to put it in the fridge to thaw the night before.

COOK YOUR EMPANADA BEEF PIE 

This recipe starts out on the stove and then moves to the oven for the pie crust to cook.  As mentioned below, you need a large frying pan or skillet that is safe for the oven.

On high heat, you first start to sweat and cook the diced carrots, celery, and scallions.

Carrots and celery in skillet for Empanada Beef Pie Recipe. It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that everything cooks in one skillet!

Then add the ground beef, breaking it up with a spatula. Cook for 5 minutes to brown the meat.

Carrots and raw beef mixture cooking in skillet for Empanada Beef Pie Recipe. It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that everything cooks in one skillet!

Then add the minced cloves garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, black pepper, the tomato sauce, and the broth. Cook for another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and mix in the shredded cheese.

Beef mixture in skillet for Empanada Beef Pie Recipe. It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that everything cooks in one skillet!

Shredded cheese on top of beef mixture in skillet for Empanada Beef Pie Recipe. It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that everything cooks in one skillet!

Roll the dough out onto a large smooth, clean and floured surface. If needed, using a Rolling pin, roll it out to the size of your pan/skillet + 1 inch (example if your pan is 10″ then roll it out to 11″ diameter). Lift it up to ensure it isn’t sticking to the surface, then fold it in half, then in half again to make it easy to unfold over the pan.

Place the pie dough over the beef mixture. Brush the beaten egg over the top. With a knife, cut 3-4 1-inch slits in the top of the pie dough.

Beef mixture in skillet and pie crust being added to top for Empanada Beef Pie Recipe. It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that everything cooks in one skillet!

Pie crust on skillet for Empanada Beef Pie Recipe. It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that everything cooks in one skillet!

Bake in the oven, center rack, for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Effortless Savory Empanada Beef Pie Recipe

Sometimes good things come in small packages.  This is not one of those times! Enter my Effortless Savory Empanada Beef Pie Recipe!  It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that it's so much easier to make then all of those individual empanadas.  Everything cooks in a skillet starting on the stove and then baking in the oven. It's a delicious and effortless family dinner! #empanadas #beefpie #savorypies

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword easy dinners, empanadas, family dinner, ground beef
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Carrot
  • 1 Celery stalk
  • 1 pound Ground Beef 90% Lean no antibiotics
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil 1 for making filling, 1 for baking the empanadas
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced (or 2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 2 Scallions sliced thin
  • 8 ounces Tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup Beef Broth (or chicken broth)
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Egg, large
  • 1 Ready-to-bake Pie Crust dough rolls (thaw in fridge the night before if frozen)
  • 1-2 tablespoons All-purpose flour (for rolling the dough if needed)

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Set one pie crust dough roll out on the counter (unopened) to bring to room temperature.

  2. Peel and dice the carrot. Dice the celery. Mince the garlic. Thinly slice the scallions. Beat the egg in a small bowl.

Cooking Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees
  2. Make the ground beef filling. Preheat a large frying pan on high heat. Add 1 tsp Olive Oil, then the diced carrots, celery, and scallions. Cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add the ground beef, breaking it up with a spatula. Cook for 5 minutes to brown the meat. Then add the minced garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, black pepper, the tomato sauce, and the broth. Cook for another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and mix in the shredded cheese.

    Beef mixture in skillet for Empanada Beef Pie Recipe. It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that everything cooks in one skillet!
  3. Roll the dough out onto a large smooth, clean and floured surface. If needed, using a Rolling pin, roll it out to the size of your pan/skillet + 1 inch (example if your pan is 10" then roll it out to 11" diameter). Lift it up to ensure it isn't sticking to the surface. Lift it up to ensure it isn't sticking to the surface, then fold it in half, then in half again to make it easy to unfold over the pan.

  4. Place the pie dough over the beef mixture. Brush the beaten egg over the top. With a knife, cut 3-4 1-inch slits in the top of the pie dough. Bake in the oven, center rack, for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let rest for 5 minutes, then cut and serve. Enjoy!

    Pie crust on skillet for Empanada Beef Pie Recipe. It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that everything cooks in one skillet!

Recipe Notes

Buy a good quality ready-to-bake pie crust dough.  I like Immaculate Pie Crusts, which are not overly sweet.