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Peppered Filets with Tomato-Mushroom Salsa

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.


6 servings

These fillets are an all-time favorite at our house. And the secret's in the salsa. It's full of fresh veggies and seasoning that bring a true taste of summer even in the winter. —Ann Hillmeyer, Sandia Park, New Mexico


  • 6 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
  • 5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 beef tenderloin steaks (4 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 6 lime slices


  1. For salsa, in a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, mushrooms, parsley, shallot, 1 teaspoon garlic, 3 teaspoons oil, lime juice, salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. Sprinkle steaks with lemon-pepper. In a large skillet, cook steaks in remaining oil for 4-5 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°). Remove and keep warm.
  3. Combine the vinegar, broth and remaining garlic; add to pan, stirring to loosen browned bits. Cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in butter.
  4. Spoon sauce over steaks. Serve with salsa. Garnish with lime slices.

Nutrition Facts

1 steak with 1 tablespoon sauce and 1/3 cup salsa: 251 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 414mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat, 1/2 starch.

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