After having the Chipotle Shrimp recipe last week, I can't get enough Rick Bayless!! My friend Jen B. made this recently and loved it, so I'm excited to try it. I thought it would be a great use for some of the leftover beans from last night, too. I usually try to have a certain cuisine only once a week, but this week we're having Mexican three times. I had slated two meals (this and the tostadas from last nigh), and I needed one more dinner on my menu plan, and the husband suggested fish tacos. He didn't seem to mind that it was the third Mexican dish of the week, so watch for that over the weekend.
Rick Bayless' Red Chile Steak with Beans
2 tablespoons pure olive oil, vegetable oil, or bacon drippings
Two 10-ounce ribeye steaks, trimmed of excess fat, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 medium white onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 tablespoons rendered bacon fat
2 tablespoons ground ancho chile powder
1/2 tablespoon ground chipotle chile powder
2 garlic cloves, finally chopped
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups beef broth, plus additional as needed
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
One 15-ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes in their juice
One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained or 1 3/4 cups home-cooked pinto beans, drained
Cilantro sprigs, for garnish
One scallion, thinly sliced, for garnish
In a skillet or sauté pan large enough to hold the meat in a single layer, heat the oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the meat. Season with salt. Let the meat sear on each side, turning only after each side has browned. Be careful to keep the meat rare as it will cook more in the sauce. Stir in the onions. Once the onions have browned, using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate.
Reduce the heat to medium. Add the bacon fat, followed by both chili powders, garlic, and flour. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to make a thick roux-like mixture, about 1 minute. Whisk in half of the broth and bring to a boil. Add the remaining broth and sprinkle in the cumin and oregano. Add the tomatoes and juice and bring to a boil. Stir in the beans, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt.
If the sauce has thickened beyond the consistency of a light cream soup, thin with a little more broth. Add the meat and onions to the pan. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes until the meat is heated through. Garnish with the cilantro and thinly sliced scallions. Serve immediately.
Thanks to Jen for typing all that out--I took the easy route and copied it from her blog. ;) I don't have steak to use, but I did have some stew meat in the freezer that needed to be used, and since it's way too hot in AZ for beef stew, I thought this would be a great use of it. I'm just going to let it simmer in the sauce for longer, probably 45 minutes to an hour, depending on when I get my ass in gear and get started and how tender the meat is. Not sure what we're going to have with this. I'm tempted to make that Copycat Chipotle Rice, but I thought I'd make that to go with the fish tacos. I really liked it, but twice in a week might be overkill. I might just make some brown rice to soak up the sauce. I have a frozen Southwest veggie blend I might heat up as a vegetable to go with it.
The husband and I have a date night tomorrow to go see the new Harry Potter movie, so I'll be back on Friday!
The flavor of this was really tasty, but I wouldn't recommend using stew meat for it. I ended up letting it simmer for quite awhile as we decided to have dinner after the kids went to bed. I thought that would help the meat get a little more tender, too, but it really didn't do much for it. I will make this again because I know it has potential to be awesome, but I'll use a better cut of meat next time.