Filets of Beef in Pasilla Chile Sauce (for two)

(for two) – if you prepare the sauce ahead of time, it is a very swift and easy go..

  • 1 pasilla chile (1 ounce)
  • 3 ripe plum tomatoes
  • 1/4 large white onion
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 beef tenderloin steaks (filet mignons), 6 ounces (12 dag) each, perfectly trimmed, leaving just the thick round of meat
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons peanut oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup Avocado Relish (please see recipe for ingredients)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Cotija cheese (or dried feta cheese)

toast and seed the chilli

  1. on a hot frying pan place the chilli, turning ever so often until the aroma comes through.
  2. Let them cool
  3. Remove the seeding part and shake out the seeds
  4. Reserve the rest

Prepare the sauce:

  1. Place the onions and garlic, on them tomatoes, and place under the HOT grill in the oven (object is to char them)
  2. Let them blister for about 15 minutes, shaking occasionally
  3. Cool slightly and place in the blender (food processor)
  4. Pour the stock into the pan, scrape up the leftovers, and add to the food processor
  5. Blend for a few minutes until well mixed (leave some lumps..)

Sear the steaks

  1. Dry the meat with paper towels
  2. Salt and pepper them
  3. Pour some peanut oil into a hot frying pan
  4. Sear the meat (do not cook) few minutes at each side; make sure the steaks have much room and do not crowd one another
  5. Set aside on the plate

Finish the sauce

  1. On a dry frying pan heat up the sauce, stirring with the wooden spoon – include any caramelized meat juice
  2. Add spices (salt, pepper, sugar) as required and simmer for 20 minutes – if necessary add some liquid (water, stock)-

You can have this prepared about 1 hour ahead of serving time

Finish the steaks

  1. As the sauce simmers add cilantro
  2. Gently place the steaks into the sauce – do not let them boil – and spoon hot sauce over the meat continuously. For medium rare you need about 305 minutes


  1. Place steak in the centre of a plate
  2. Spoon sauce over the meat
  3. Place some avocado relish on top
  4. Sprinkle with grated cheese


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