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Southwestern Steak Bowl

Southwestern Steak Bowl

This Southwestern steak bowl is a delicious way to get out of the boring dinner routine. It’s easy to make and loaded with delicious ingredients. This bowl starts with a bed of yellow rice, that gets its beautiful color from good-for-you turmeric instead of artificial coloring. The rice is topped with lettuce, tomatoes, corn and black beans. Then we add perfectly seasoned grilled steak, and finish the whole thing off with an easy-to-make chipotle ranch dressing.

 

If you’re in the mood for more Southwestern inspired meals, try this Southwestern pasta, that the family is sure to love. This Southwestern steak soup, that’s hearty and delicious, or this Southwestern chicken salad, that will get you out of the boring salad routine. Enjoy!

 

This bowl is easy to make, but it does have several components that need to be prepared separately. I like to prepare the dressing first so it can set while it chills in the refrigerator. Then start with the rice, it will take the longest. Plus, the rice can stay warm on low heat until ready to serve.

 

While the rice is cooking, prepare the toppings, season the steaks and grill. They shouldn’t take very long to cook, but it depends on how thick they are and how rare you like them. Then build the  Southwestern steak bowls and dinner is done!

 

Southwestern Steak Bowl, sliced steak served on yellow rice, with black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and lime wedges all arranged on a white plate

 

Ingredients Yellow Rice

4¼ cups Water

2 tablespoons Chicken Base, like Better than Bouillon chicken base (or use your favorite brand)

½ teaspoon Minced Dehydrated Onion

½ teaspoon Turmeric

2 cups Long Grain White Rice

 

Ingredients Steak

1 pound Flat Meat or Skirt Steak (about 2 steaks)

1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 teaspoon Chili Powder

½ teaspoon Garlic Powder

¼ teaspoon Onion Powder

¼ teaspoon Cumin

 

Ingredients Toppings

1 cup Shredded Lettuce

2 Tomatoes, seeded and diced

1 cup Corn, canned, drained and rinsed

1 cup Black Beans, canned, drained and rinsed

1-2 tablespoons Cilantro, finely chopped

Limes, cut into wedges, for serving

 

Ingredients Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing, use your favorite brand

Chipotle Hot Sauce, to taste, use your favorite brand

 

Make the chipotle ranch dressing

Add ranch dressing (enough for 4 servings) to a bowl or dispenser. Add the chipotle hot sauce to taste. Stir well to combine. I like to start off with just a little bit of the hot sauce, then I taste and adjust until it’s just right. Refrigerate the chipotle ranch dressing until ready to serve.

 

Start the rice

Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the chicken base, minced dehydrated onion and turmeric. Stir well until the bouillon is dissolved and the ingredients are combined.

 

Add the rice to the saucepan, lower the heat to medium and stir well. Continue simmering the rice, uncovered, until most of the water has cooked out. The rice should be visible on the surface, about 10 minutes. Give the rice another quick stir, lower the heat to low and cover. Cook the yellow rice for about 25 minutes, or until done.

 

Fluff the rice with a fork, keep warm until ready to serve.

 

Season and grill the steaks

Remove the steaks from the refrigerator and let them sit out for a few minutes to take the chill off prior to grilling.

 

Add the salt, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and cumin to a small bowl. Stir well to combine.

 

Sprinkle the prepared seasoning mix on both sides of the steak. Cook the steaks on a preheated grill over moderately-high heat for a few minutes on each side until the desired doneness is reached. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the steak and the desired temperature.

 

Place the steaks on a cutting board or pan and let them rest for a few minutes prior to slicing to allow the juices to redistribute. If you slice the steaks right away, all the juices will run out. Remember to slice the steaks against the grain. While the steak rests, build the bowls.

 

Build the southwestern steak bowls

Add a generous bed of rice to individual bowls or plates. Divide the remaining ingredients into four portions. Top each plate with the lettuce, tomatoes, corn and black beans. Sprinkle with the chopped cilantro. Divide the sliced steak into four servings, and add to each salad.

 

Serve the southwestern steak bowls with the chipotle ranch dressing and a couple of lime wedges. Enjoy!

 

Southwestern Steak Bowl, sliced steak served on yellow rice, with black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and lime wedges all arranged on a white plate

 

Southwestern Steak Bowl, sliced steak served on yellow rice, with black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and lime wedges all arranged on a white plate
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Southwestern Steak Bowl

This Southwestern Steak Bowl starts with a bed of yellow rice, that gets its beautiful color from good-for-you turmeric instead of artificial coloring. The rice is topped with lettuce, tomatoes, corn and black beans. Then we add perfectly seasoned grilled steak, and finish the whole thing off with an easy-to-make chipotle ranch dressing.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican & Southwestern
Keyword: grilled steak
Servings: 4
Calories: 704kcal

Ingredients

Ingredients Yellow Rice

  • cups Water
  • 2 tablespoons Chicken Base like Better than Bouillon chicken base (or use your favorite brand)
  • ½ teaspoon Minced Dehydrated Onion
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric
  • 2 cups Long Grain White Rice

Ingredients Steak

  • 1 pound Flat Meat or Skirt Steak about 2 steaks
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin

Ingredients Toppings

  • 1 cup Shredded Lettuce
  • 2 Tomatoes seeded and diced
  • 1 cup Corn canned, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup Black Beans canned, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 tablespoons Cilantro finely chopped
  • Limes cut into wedges, for serving

Ingredients Chipotle Ranch Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons Ranch Dressing use your favorite brand
  • Chipotle Hot Sauce to taste, use your favorite brand

Instructions

Make the chipotle ranch dressing

  • Add ranch dressing (enough for 4 servings) to a bowl or dispenser. Add the chipotle hot sauce to taste. Stir well to combine.
  • Refrigerate the chipotle ranch dressing until ready to serve.

Start the rice

  • Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  • Add the chicken base, minced dehydrated onion and turmeric. Stir well until the bouillon is dissolved and the ingredients are combined.
  • Add the rice to the saucepan, lower the heat to medium and stir well.
  • Continue simmering the rice, uncovered, until most of the water has cooked out. The rice should be visible on the surface, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Give the rice another quick stir, lower the heat to low and cover. Cook the yellow rice for about 25 minutes, or until done.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork, keep warm until ready to serve.

Season and grill the steaks

  • Remove the steaks from the refrigerator and let them sit out for a few minutes to take the chill off prior to grilling.
  • Add the salt, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and cumin to a small bowl. Stir well to combine.
  • Sprinkle the prepared seasoning mix on both sides of the steak.
  • Cook the steaks on a preheated grill over moderately-high heat for a few minutes on each side until the desired doneness is reached. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the steak and the desired temperature.
  • Place the steaks on a cutting board or pan and let them rest for a few minutes prior to slicing to allow the juices to redistribute.

Build the southwestern steak bowls

  • Add a generous bed of rice to individual bowls or plates.
  • Divide the remaining ingredients into four portions. Top each plate with the lettuce, tomatoes, corn and black beans. Sprinkle with the chopped cilantro. 
  • Divide the sliced steak into four servings, and add to each salad.
  • Serve the southwestern steak bowls with the chipotle ranch dressing and a couple of lime wedges.

Nutrition

Calories: 704kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 1449mg | Potassium: 874mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 850IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 4.4mg
The nutritional information above is computer generated and is only an estimate. There is no guarantee that it is accurate.This data is provided as a courtesy for informational purposes only.

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