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Recipe Monday: Shredded Beef, Cilantro-Lime Rice, & Black Beans

August 6, 2012

Around here, there’s a take away chain called Qdoba. They serve these awesome burritos with yummy cilantro-lime rice and black beans. They also don’t use the greatest meats, and so it’s pretty fatty, not to mention expensive. Friday night, I decided to try and create those flavors at home. I think I did even better than Qdoba, quite honestly, and the only funds I was out was for some fresh ingredients!

Ingredients for Barbacoa
1lb shredded sirloin tip roast (I use leftovers)
1C chopped onion
4 limes
2TBSP chopped cilantro stems and bottom leaves
2tsp cumin
1tsp salt
1tsp garlic powder
1/2tsp pepper
1C water

Start by taking your leftover sirloin tip roast and shredding it. Add onions and cilantro into a large pan with 1/2C of water. Cook over medium heat until soft and water is evaporated. Add in the shredded beef, juice of two limes, remaining water, and all the spices. Mix, cover, simmer for 30 minutes. After thirty minutes, add in the juice of two more limes, stir.

Ingredients for Cilantro-Lime Rice
2C instant rice
2C water
1 lime
2TBSP chopped cilantro
1TBSP butter
1tsp salt

Slice off ends of limes. Cut lime into slices, halve those slices. In a 2qt pot, add butter and melt. Add cilantro and limes, smashing the limes a bit as you stir. Add salt and water. Bring to a boil. Add rice, bring back to the boil, cover, remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork.

Ingredients for Black Beans
8oz black beans
1 chipped onion
2TBSP cilantro (usually, I divide my bunch of cilantro into threes when making this, easiest way to do it)
1 lime
1tsp salt
1tsp cumin
1/2tsp garlic powder
1/4tsp pepper
1/4C water

In a small skillet over medium heat, saute onions and 1TBSP cilantro. When onions are soft, add in all spices and lime juice. Cook for a minute, and then dump in your beans. Stir to coat, add water. Cook over medium heat until water evaporates.

In our house, we use big burrito wraps and fill them with the rice, beans, and meat, and then top them with sour cream, cheese, lettuce, cilantro, and black olives, giving a final splash of lime before rolling them up. This is an awesome way to use what’s leftover and what’s in the pantry. So good! Go! Make it! 😀

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