Traditional Paraguayan Bife Koygua | Steak Stew

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Healthy Paraguayan Steak Stew “Bifé Koygua” recipe that’s nutritious and easy enough for a weeknight meal. Serve it with White Rice or  Tortilla. My whole family loves this Paraguayan Bifé Koygua. Made with tender steak and vegetables in a rich flavorful broth, then top off with eggs. 😋

Traditional Paraguayan Steak Stew "Bifé Koygua"

What is Bife Koygua?

Bife koygua is a typical dish of Paraguay gastronomy. It is well known that Paraguay has no access to the sea, so most of its dishes are based on red meat. A faithful representation is this dish, made with beef steak, vegetables, and spices.

What you’ll need to make Paraguayan Steak Stew “Bifé Koygua.”

  • Steak: round beef, thinly cut and pounded.
  • Onion: cut in half and into 1/4 inches thick (any onion will work here).
  • Bell Peppers: cut in half and into 1/4 inches thick.
  • Tomatoes: cut in half and into 1/4 inches thick.
  • Garlic: thinly sliced or minced.
  • Beef Bouillon: I use Knorr Beef Flavor Bouillon
  • Potatoes: any starchy potatoes, cut into 1/4 inches thick.
  • Eggs: as many as you need ( I use 10 because I have a big family😁)
  • Oil: to lightly sear the steak ( any neutral oil will do).

How do you Make Bife Koygua?

Bife koygua is a very simple dish to make all you’ll need is a large skillet or wok, and all ingredients are easy to find in all supermarkets. To prepare it, first, you spread the steak to the bottom of the pan, then seasoned it with salt, pepper, and cumin. Then top the steaks with the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and tomatoes cut into slices—cover and cook for 15 minutes.

After the time has elapsed, uncover and add the water and bring it to a boil; add the sliced potatoes (make sure the potatoes are immersed in the cooking juice) and simmer until the potatoes are tender and thicken to the desired consistency, about 15 minutes.

Crack the eggs in, immersed in the cooking juice, and cook for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Taste adjust season with kosher salt if needed. Sprinkle chopped parsley and scallions on the Bifé Koygua, if desired and that it!

Traditional Paraguayan Steak Stew "Bifé Koygua"

What does Bife Koygua mean?

The word “koygua” translates as “hidden” or “shy” and refers to this dish because the steak is hidden behind the eggs. You could say that it is a shy or hidden steak.

What to serve with Bife Koygua?

They are delicious serve with white rice or Tortilla ( Paraguayan Fritter).

Ingredients for this Recipe

  • Steak, thin-cut top round beef steaks.
  • Onion, cut in half and into 1/4 inch thick slices 
  • bell pepper, cut in half and into 1/4 inch thick slices 
  • Tomatoes, cut in half and into 1/4 inch thick slices or 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • Garlic cloves, finely minced
  • Knorr beef flavor bouillon, to taste
  • Water
  •  Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, taste
  • Cumin, to taste 
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Potatoes, peeled and cut in half, then cut into 1/4 inch thick slices 
  • Eggs, as needed
  • Olive oil or any neutral oil

Instructions for the Bife Koygua

Heat oil in a large 14-inch nonstick wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Spread the steak to the bottom of the pan; sprinkles the beef bouillon, ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Scatter the garlic, peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the vegetables are tender, constantly stirring for about 15 minutes.

After the time has elapsed, uncover and add the hot water and bring it to a boil; add the sliced potatoes (make sure the potatoes are immersed in the broth) and simmer until the potatoes are tender and thicken a bit about 15 minutes or until the desired consistency.Traditional Paraguayan Steak Stew "Bifé Koygua"

Traditional Paraguayan Steak Stew "Bifé Koygua"

Crack the eggs in, immersed in the broth, and cook for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Taste adjust season with kosher salt if needed. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and green onion, if desired. Serve the Bifé Koygua with a side of cooked Mandioca, white rice, or  Tortilla.

Traditional Paraguayan Steak Stew "Bifé Koygua"

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How do you Make Bife Koygua from Scratch?

"Bifé Koygua"

This Tradicional Paraguayan Steak Stew "Bifé Koygua" recipe that's nutritious and easy enough for a weeknight meal. Serve it with White Rice or Tortilla.
Servings 8 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 kg , thin-cut top round beef steaks.
  • 1 large onion , cut in half and into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1 Poblanos Pepper or green bell pepper , cut in half and into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1 Red bell pepper , cut in half and into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1 yellow pepper , cut in half and into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 3 fresh Tomatoes , cut in half and into 1/4 inch thick slices or 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 3 Garlic cloves , finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons Knorr beef flavor bouillon , to taste
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes , to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper , taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin , to taste
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • 2 potatoes , peeled and cut in half, then cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 10 eggs , as needed
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil or any neutral oil

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large 14-inch nonstick wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Spread the steak to the bottom of the pan; sprinkles the beef bouillon, ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  • Scatter the garlic, peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the vegetables are tender, constantly stirring for about 15 minutes.
  • After the time has elapsed, uncover and add the water and bring it to a boil; add the sliced potatoes (make sure the potatoes are immersed in the cooking juice) and simmer until the potatoes are tender and thicken, about 15 minutes or until the desired consistency.
  • Crack the eggs in, immersed in the cooking juice, and cook for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Taste adjust season with kosher salt if needed. Sprinkle chopped parsley and scallions on the Bifé Koygua, if desired. Serve the Bifé Koygua with a side of cooked Mandioca.
Author: Camila Benitez
Calories: 300kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Paraguayan
Keyword: Bife Koygua

 

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