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Recipe: Asian Beef Skillet Stir Fry & Mexican Beef Skillet

If you're looking for beef, Chef Kevin Belton has it all, giving you two sizzling skillet recipes for National Meat Month.
Credit: Chef Kevin Belton

NEW ORLEANS — For 2021's National Meat Month, meet two of Chef Kevin's sizzling skillet dishes: One inspired by Mexican cuisine and another with Asian roots — both with plenty of beef to go around.

Mexican Beef Skillet

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/2  onion, minced
  • 2  bell peppers, diced
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3 Tbsp. taco seasoning (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 4-oz. can green chiles
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup uncooked rice 
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock 
  • 1/2 cup Mexican cheddar cheese, shredded 

Here's how to put it together:

  • Heat olive oil over medium/high heat in a large nonstick skillet.
  • When olive oil is fragrant, add garlic, onion and bell pepper. Saute for 3-5 minutes.
  • Move veggies to the side and add in ground beef. Saute ground beef for 7-9 minutes or until fully cooked. Mix everything together in the pan.
  • Once the beef is fully cooked, add taco seasoning, tomato sauce, green chiles, and black beans and cook for a few minutes. Then, add in rice and broth. Bring to a boil over medium/high heat.
  • Once boiling, turn down to low and cover. Let simmer for around 20 minutes or until the rice has softened and absorbed the majority of the liquid.
  • Sprinkle cheese on top of skillet and either let melt naturally or pop it in the oven at 400 degrees  for a few minutes to fully melt cheese.
  • Serve beef skillet with chips.

Taco Seasoning 

  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder 
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder 
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes 
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano 
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin 
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt 
  • 1 tsp. black pepper 
  • In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix well.

Asian Beef Skillet Stir Fry

Here's what you'll need:

Sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp. Hoisin Sauce 
  • 2 Tbsp. Oyster Sauce 
  • 1 Tbsp. Chinese cooking wine or Mirin
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce 
  • 2 tsp. white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper 

Stir Fry:

  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup shallots, sliced, plus more for garnish
  • Sesame seeds
  • Rice for serving

Here's how to put it together:

  • Mix sauce together in a bowl and set aside. 
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add garlic and onion, cook for 1 minute or until onion starts browning.
  • Add beef and cook, breaking it up as you go.
  • Once the beef has all changed from red to brown, add Sauce. Cook for a further 2 minutes, or until sauce has evaporated and beef is cooked.
  • Stir through shallots, then serve over rice, garnished with more shallots and sesame seeds, if desired.

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