One of my favourite Food Network shows to watch is Chopped. I really like learning about new ingredients and seeing how Chefs work with mystery ingredients. Some of the items that appear I recognize, even some of the unique ones. I used to work at a grocery store and a fruit/vegetable supplier (my Dad’s work), so my knowledge of random fruits and veggies is extensive. Meat is a whole different story. I had never heard of skirt steak before nor that really gross clam, gooeyducks (or geoducks) that look really weird. I will spare you the sentence I wrote to figure out what geoducks were called because it was kind of inappropriate.
Anyways, sometimes I feel like switching things up in the kitchen and making a dinner up without really planning for it. I usually have some sort of protein object ready to go, some vegetables on hand and a ready shelf of spices. Today I had ground beef – and I did not feel like spaghetti, chili or burgers. I found a can of Trader Joe’s black beans, had a fresh bunch of cilantro and lots of rice. I started cooking by sautéing some onions and cilantro in a pot and then added the ground beef. I also remembered that I had some cheese, sour cream and tomatoes in the fridge. I instantly thought “BURRITO BOWL” and proceeded to assemble that delicious meal.
Basically, my “burrito bowl” was a layer of rice, followed by a layer of black beans and ground beef with bell pepper. I topped the bowl off with cheese, sour cream, avocado, tomato and cilantro. Because I did not have any jalapeños on hand, I added my good friend, Sriracha sauce to the mix. Delicious!
- Ground Beef
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 onion
- black beans in a can
- tomatoes or salsa
- olive oil
- shredded cheese
- jalapeño or a hot sauce
- sour cream
- salt and pepper
- Cook your choice of rice
- In another pot, sauté some onions, stems from a cilantro bunch and some olive oil
- Add ground beef, salt and pepper and paprika - cook until brown
- While the beef is cooking, cut up some tomato, avocado and shred some cheese. Alternatively you can use guacamole and salsa
- Once the rice is cooked, place into a bowl
- Next layer is the beef and beans
- Top with your choice of toppings: I like tomato, cheese, sour cream, cilantro and hot sauce
You can also use a shredded beef recipe - I just had ground beef on hand