Brenda Gantt

Applebee’s Southwest Steak

Applebee’s serves the Southwest steak with skin-on garlic mashed potatoes and garlic bread.

Applebee’s Southwest Steak is a flavorful and satisfying dish that brings together the bold and vibrant flavors of the Southwest. This dish features juicy beef steaks seasoned with blackened-steak seasoning, topped with melted Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, and served with a savory combination of sautéed onions and peppers. The steak is cooked to perfection on the grill, allowing it to develop a delicious charred exterior while retaining its tender and juicy interior.

The blackened-steak seasoning adds a robust and spicy flavor profile to the steak, enhancing its natural taste and providing a hint of smokiness. The combination of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses adds a rich and creamy element to the dish, melting over the steak and creating a delightful cheesy topping. The sautéed onions and peppers, seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, provide a savory and slightly sweet accompaniment that complements the steak beautifully.

This Southwest-inspired steak is a crowd-pleasing choice that brings the flavors of the Southwest to your plate. It pairs well with a variety of sides such as roasted potatoes, grilled vegetables, or a fresh salad. Whether you’re enjoying it for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion, Applebee’s Southwest Steak is sure to satisfy your cravings for a bold and delicious meal.





  • 4 shakes blackened-steak seasoning
  • 2 beef steaks
  • Butter, as needed
  • 1 cup julienne-cut yellow onions
  • ½ cup julienne-cut red peppers
  • ½ cup julienne-cut green peppers
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • 2 slices Cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices Monterey jack cheese



  1. Preheat the grill.
  2. Sprinkle the blackened-steak seasoning on both sides of the steaks.
  3. Grill the steaks to the desired level of doneness.
  4. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add the julienne-cut yellow onions, red peppers, and green peppers to the skillet.
  6. Sauté the onions and peppers for 2-3 minutes, seasoning them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  7. Reduce the heat and let the onions and peppers simmer until the steaks are cooked.
  8. In the final minute of cooking the steaks, place one slice of Cheddar cheese and one slice of Monterey jack cheese on each steak. Allow the cheese to melt.
  9. Plate the steaks with the sautéed onions and peppers.



  • Side of Rice: Serve the Southwest Steak with a side of fluffy white rice or cilantro-lime rice. The rice complements the flavors of the steak and absorbs the savory juices from the dish.
  • Grilled Vegetables: Accompany the Southwest Steak with a colorful medley of grilled vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, and corn on the cob. The smoky flavors from the grill enhance the overall Southwest theme of the meal.
  • Tex-Mex Salad: Create a Tex-Mex-inspired salad by tossing together crisp lettuce, diced tomatoes, sliced avocado, black beans, corn, and a tangy lime-cilantro dressing. Serve the salad alongside the Southwest Steak for a refreshing and vibrant contrast.
  • Warm Tortillas: Heat up some flour tortillas and serve them alongside the steak. This allows you to assemble your own delicious steak tacos by wrapping slices of the steak, sautéed onions and peppers, and a dollop of guacamole or sour cream in the warm tortillas.
  • Fresh Salsa and Guacamole: Prepare a fresh salsa with diced tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, cilantro, and lime juice. Serve it alongside homemade guacamole for a burst of freshness and a touch of heat to accompany the Southwest flavors of the steak.


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