Recipe Mexican Beef Rolls in Tomato Sauce
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Mexican Beef Rolls in Tomato Sauce

A unique recipe for Mexican beef rolls stuffed with bacon and banana and cooked in a mild tomato sauce based on a dish from the cookbook "La Cocina Mexicana de Socorro y Fernando Del Paso."
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Beef
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: bacon, bananas, beef, tomato sauce
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 565kcal
Author: Douglas Cullen


  • 4 very thin beef steaks about 1 lb. of beef
  • 1 lb. tomato about 3 large tomatoes, 4 medium
  • 2 bananas
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1/4 medium white onion
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 bay leaf


  • Cut each banana into 2 pieces. If they are very thick cut each piece in half lengthwise. You will have some leftover banana.
  • Wrap each piece of banana with one strip of bacon.
  • Roll the beef around the bacon wrapped banana.
  • Secure each roll firmly with a toothpick.
  • Season generously with salt and pepper.
  • Flour the rolls.
  • Heat 4 tablespoons of cooking oil in a large frying pan and add the rolls to brown them.
  • Thoroughly brown the rolls on all sides.
  • When they are fully browned place them on a plate and set them aside while you prepare the sauce.
  • Blend the tomato, onion, and garlic with no added water for 2 minutes until the sauce is smooth.
  • Strain the sauce into a mixing bowl to remove the seeds and skin. Don't skip this step.
  • In the same frying pan that you browned the beef rolls add 2 tablespoons of oil and bring the pan to medium hot.
  • Pour the sauce into the pan to fry it, which is called "seasoning" it.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil.
  • Reduce the sauce from a boil to a simmer.
  • Place the beef rolls into the sauce and cook for 25 minutes.
  • Turn the rolls every 5 minutes and spoon sauce over them so that they cook evenly.
  • Place the four beef rolls on a serving plate and spoon the sauce over them.
  • Serve immediately.


Serving Recommendation
  • This dish is best eaten immediately. It doesn't really reheat well.
  • The tomato sauce for this dish doesn't call for any chile. If you want some heat in the sauce,¬†add 1/2 to 1 chile serrano when you blend the tomato, onion, and garlic.
  • Our easy salsa roja recipe would also go well with this dish.


Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 755mg | Potassium: 1350mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 980IU | Vitamin C: 21.5mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 5mg