Steak Burritos with Little Potatoes
I’m on a Tex-Mex kick again…who would have guessed!
Technically, this wasn’t carne asada because I didn’t grill the meat. I seared the meat in a cast iron skillet at high heat, which is close enough for me. Secondly, carne asada usually is prepared with a dry rub on the meat. I marinated the beef in guajillo and ancho chile sauce for a few hours. It might be more correct to say that I made bistec en salsa guajillo. “Pero, “Carne asada” suena más emocionante!” Which is to say, Carne asada sounds more exciting!
The potatoes used in this recipe came from my favorite grocery store, ALDI. The 24 ounce bag contains a variety of bite sized potatoes, ranging from white, yellow, red, brown and purple. They bake quickly in the oven and they come out of the oven crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.
Ingredients for the carne asada:
1 ¼ lbs top round beef steak (thinly sliced)
16 oz enchilada sauce (guajillo and ancho chiles this time, but canned is perfectly fine!)
1 Tbs cooking oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 large jalapeño, seeded and diced
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 ripe tomato, diced
3 large flour tortillas (burrito sized)
6 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Ingredients for the potatoes:
24 oz bite sized whole potatoes
1 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chile powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
Slice the raw steak, thinly.
Marinate the steak in the chile guajillo sauce for 30 minutes, or longer.
In a large skillet at medium/low heat, add the onion and jalapeño until the onions begin to turn translucent.
Add the garlic powder, cumin and diced tomato. Simmer at low heat for 20 to 30 minutes.
While the sauce simmers, prepare the potatoes.
Wash, rinse and drain the potatoes.
In a large mixing bowl, toss the potatoes with olive oil, garlic powder, chile powder, paprika, cumin, salt and black pepper.
Scatter the potatoes across a parchment paper lined baking tray and bake at 350° for 45 minutes, or until the potatoes can be cut easily with a knife. Keep warm until serving.
Remove the cooked sauce to a bowl.
Add the marinated beef to the skillet and sauté at very high heat for 2 minutes. Reserve the marinade.
Remove the beef and keep warm.
Reduce the beef juices by stirring at high heat for a few minutes.
Add the sauce back to the skillet, with the reduced beef juices. Simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes.
Chop the beef and return the beef to the skillet.
Divide the beef in the skillet evenly, according to the number of burritos that you are preparing. I am making three burritos.
On a clean work surface, assemble the burritos. Add the beef and roll the tortillas.
Add the guajillo marinade to the skillet and cook at high heat for a few minutes to thicken the sauce (and to kill any bacteria).
Reduce the heat to low and add the burritos to the skillet. Roll the burritos in the sauce to cover all sides.
Top with cheese.
Move the skillet from the stove top to the oven and bake at 350° for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Remove the burritos from the oven and keep warm.
Remove the potatoes from the oven and turn out to a serving dish.
Serve with refried beans and a simple salad.