Steak Bites with Chilli Sauce | A Tapas Recipe

Steak Bites with Chilli Sauce - A Tapas Recipe -

Another tapas recipe for you today, in the form of steak bites with chilli sauce.

If you have read my blog over the past month, you will have seen that I had a tapas night with several dishes. I have already posted my recipes for Garlic Mushrooms, Chorizo in Red Wine and White Sangria. All perfect dishes to have at a tapas night. Today’s dish is a meaty one, with pieces of rump steak. Perfect for the meat lovers out there. It is also a dish with a little bit of heat, so perfect for the lovers of spice too.

Steak Bites with Chilli Sauce

As you may have guessed this recipe is made up with steak and chilli, served in bite-sized pieces. You can really adapt this recipe to whatever suits your taste, so if you prefer it spicier then more chilli can be added. If you prefer it less so, then add less chilli. I personally found the recipe not that spicy, but then again I do like a bit of spice. Ideally you serve the steak medium rare, however again, you can adapt that to however you prefer your steak cutting.
The recipe comes in a few parts; steak marinade, and chilli sauce. If this sounds like a recipe you would like, then keep reading for the ingredients you will need and how to make this ‘Caliente’ dish then read on.

As in my other posts; this recipe was adapted from this tapas recipe* book that I have at home.
*Please note that the link above is an affiliate link, which means if you make a purchase from this link then I may earn a small amount of commission at no extra cost to you.*

Steak bites with wooden cocktails sticks through them. Chilli sauce in the middle of the plate in a seperate dish.


Serves 4-6 people.

  • Sauce:
    • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
    • 1 Onion, chopped
    • 1 tsp Paprika
    • 1 Garlic clove, finely chopped
    • 1 Fresh Red Chilli, deseeded and sliced
    • 1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
    • 1 Tbsp Cider Vinegar
    • 2 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp Tomato Puree
    • 2 tsp Sugar
  • Marinade:
    • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
    • 2 tsp Tobasco Sauce
    • Pepper
  • 2 Rump Steaks (6-8 oz)
  • Wooden Cocktail sticks
Onions, garlic and chilli on a side plate with a tine of chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, paprika and white wine vinegar in the background

How to make Steak Bites with Chilli Sauce:

So you now have all of your ingredients ready to make this yummy dish. Now, I have changed some of the ingredients because I didn’t have them all in my cupboard. The original recipe calls for dry white wine rather than white wine vinegar. It also calls for sherry vinegar, but I used cider vinegar for this instead.

Step 1 – Marinade Steaks

Before you start chopping your ingredients and making the sauce, it is time to marinade your steaks. Rub the olive oil, pepper and Tabasco sauce over the pieces of steak and allow to soak in. Set this aside for later. As I mentioned above, if you like to have it a bit spicier, then you can add a bit more of the Tabasco sauce here.

Step 2 – Make the chilli sauce:

Grab your saucepan and begin to heat the olive oil. Cook your onion until softened, then add in the paprika, garlic and chilli. Cook this for another 2 -3 minutes, stirring in the chopped tomatoes. Add in the tomato puree, vinegar and sugar. Continue to cook and simmer for another 15 – 20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

Onions, garlic, chilli and paprika frying in a pan
Tomato chilli sauce cooking in a pan

Step 3 – Blend the sauce:

Once your sauce has thickened, it is time to puree it down and remove any of the lumps from the ingredients. Here you can use a food processor, but I used a hand-held blender, and it worked just as well. Keep blending until your sauce is smooth. You can add in a bit of salt and pepper at this point if your taste desires. Set this aside in either the jug you blended in or your chosen serving dish. Set aside. Dependent on when you plan to serve this dish, you may have to re-heat the sauce. However, if you are cooking your steaks straight away, your sauce will probably remain quite warm.

Tomato chilli sauce in a measuring jug

Step 4 – Cook the Steak:

Now that your sauce is made and ready, it is time to cook the steaks. Heat your frying pan and add in a little olive oil. Once the pan is nice and hot add in your pieces of steak. Cook for about 1 -1 1/2 minutes on each side or until browned. You then want to reduce the heat and continue cooking, turning again once more. Follow the following times for how you prefer your steak to be cooked:

  • Rare – 3 minutes
  • Medium – 4-5 minutes
  • Well done – 5-7 minutes

Remove from the heat and let rest for a minute or two.

Step 5 – Cut Steak and serve:

Once the steak has rested, pop it on the chopping board and begin cutting it into bite-sized pieces. Place in a wooden chopstick into every piece you have cut and place onto your serving plate. Place your made sauce in the middle of the place with the steak bites around it. The dish is now ready to be served and enjoyed!

Steak bites with chilli sauce served on a plate with wooden cocktail sticks in them

So, there you have the recipe for steak bites with chilli sauce. Delicious!
Will you be giving this one a try? How spicy would you have it? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

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7 thoughts on “Steak Bites with Chilli Sauce | A Tapas Recipe

  1. These look so good. I am always looking for new recipes like this to try out especially the lighter ones for summer months. Is it weird that I can almost smell this dish… ♥

    1. This would be perfect for summer! I bet the steaks could be cooked on the BBQ too. That would make it extra tasty too!
      Glad you enjoyed the recipe…let me know how it turns out if you make it!

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Glad you liked! It tastes yummy too, went down a treat with my friends!
      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

  2. I have to say I consider myself pretty good in the kitchen, and I’m really good with baking, but when it comes to steaks – It usually ends up in tears:) So I am going to follow this recipe and see how I do. Thanks so much for sharing it.

    1. Steaks can be tricky to do, and it can depend on the meat cut. I usually overdo the steak but managed to do it just right following this recipe. Would love to see how it turns out if you do give this a go!

      Aimsy xoxo

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