Lunch prep for the week. My version of a pulled steak and vegetable bowl.
So, my girlfriend and I love Chipotle, who doesn't? We especially love it for lunch because it's relatively healthy, inexpensive, and we can split 1-bowl between us and still feel stuffed. There is just one problem with Chipotle, in my opinion, and it's the complete barrage of cilantro that they use in everything that they make. I'm not kidding either, take a look next time you're there and you'll notice that they put cilantro in everything from the tomatoes, to the corn salsa, and even the guacamole.
For most people, this isn't a problem. Cilantro is a great herb, and it brings a fresh taste to many dishes and meals. For me, however, I don't like that much cilantro. A touch, maybe, but any more and I'm turned off. It is such a problem for me that I decided to make my own Chipotle bowl, and here we have my version of it. I plan on making this for lunch for at least the next couple of days. It was easy, fun, and best of all - no cilantro! Below are the ingredients I used, and if you are a home cook, you will be able to easily replicate it without instruction. It's simple!
Jalapeno Pulled Steak Bowl
1) Steak. Get a cheap one, because it doesn't really matter - it's gonna be tasty no matter what - I used Chuck.
2) Garlic. I used 10 cloves, minced and pressed to release the flavor.
3) Salt and Black Pepper
4) 1/2 a Jalapeno pepper, minced
6) Black Beans + Pinto Beans
7) Yellow Rice
8) Red Onions
9) Olive Oil, Vegetable Oil, Canola Oil, Balsamic Vinegar
10) Baby Portobello Mushrooms
11) Bell Peppers
12) Chicken bullion cube.
14) Red Pepper Flakes
1) Put a pan on the stove top and let it heat up. No oil or anything is necessary. I turn my dial to 6, which is just past the med/high point.
2) Season the steak with lots of salt on each side, covering it heavily. Then, add about half that amount in black pepper.
3) Throw the steak onto the pan and let it cook for 4 minutes.
4) While the steak is cooking, get another pan on the stove top on the lowest heat setting. Add enough water that when you put the steak in, it will cover it. If you have a little less or a little more water than that, it doesn't matter at all, so don't worry. *Remember, cooking should always be fun and stress free!
5) Add some broth to the water, or if you don't have any, season it up with your favorite spices. I put a chicken bullion cube, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, cumin, and a light amount of red pepper flakes.
6) Peel and dice the fresh garlic. I press it with the blade of the knife so it's juices come out, then I add that to the water.
7) Check the steak again, season it, and flip it for another 4 minutes.
8) When the steak is done, take it off the pan and cut it into long strips, around 2 inches wide.
9) Throw the steak into the broth.
10) Cover the pan with the steak and broth and let it cook on low for 4-6 hours. I never go longer than 4 hours, but if I did, 6 hours would be my max.
11) While that steak cooks, dice and sautee the red onions, and prep the other vegetables.
12) About 30 minutes into cooking, add minced Jalapeno to the covered pan and then don't lift the pan again until it's done.
12) When the steak is done, take it out of the sauce and use two forks to pull it apart. Put it back into the juice and let it simmer for another 20 minutes, than it's ready.
13) Add everything when you're ready to eat and voila!
Seriously one of the easiest, tastiest things you can make. If you want, you can add things like cheese, sour cream, salsa, and so on. You can also get a tortilla and make a burrito. I can't wait to eat this tomorrow!