Vibrant Mexican Beef Bowl

Need to spice up your dinners and incorporate some veggies? Look no further as this bowl does both with delicious and flavorful stewed beef and cauliflower rice.
By Carmen Sturdy

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I cannot get enough of this dish, it is packed full of so much flavor and absolutely delicious. The beef is melt in your mouth tender and covered in a rich sauce of vegetables and spices. In Mexico a similar beef stew would be eaten with rice and beans, but I put a healthy spin on the dish, serving it with spicy cauliflower rice.

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The stew is made by cooking small bite sized pieces of beef for 2 hours on the stove with chopped tomatoes, green peppers, onions and spices. At first it may seem like there are too many vegetables in proportion to the amount of meat, but the long cooking time causes the veggies to break down and form a thick rich sauce.

I love topping the bowl with creamy avocado and tomatoes, which add a burst of freshness, but cheese, jalapenos or salsa would also be great additions.

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Vibrant Mexican Beef Bowl
 
Need to spice up your dinners and incorporate some veggies? Look no further as this bowl does both with delicious and flavorful stewed beef and cauliflower rice.
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Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 5 servings
Ingredients
For the Beef:
  • 1kg (2.2lbs) stewing beef, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 green peppers, cut into small pieces
  • 6 tomatoes, diced
  • 3 medium onions, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 - 2½ cups beef stock
For the Mexican Cauliflower Rice
  • 1 onion
  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • pinch cayenne (optional)
Optional Toppings
  • salsa
  • grated cheese
  • jalapeños
  • chopped tomatoes
  • avocado
  • cilantro
Instructions
For the Beef
  1. Add the olive oil to a large pot over medium heat. Add in the cubed beef and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add in all of the remaining ingredients, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Cook for 3 hours stirring every hour to ensure nothing sticks to the bottom. If after 2 hours it becomes too thick and begins to burn, add ¼-1/2 cup more beef stock.
  3. After 3 hours the beef should be falling apart tender.
For the Mexican Cauliflower Rice
  1. Cut the cauliflower into large chunks and place in a food processor. Pulse for 3-4 seconds until the cauliflower has broken down into small rice sized pieces.
  2. In a pan on medium heat, sautee the onion, garlic, cauliflower rice and tomatoes in olive oil for 5-7 minutes until the onions become translucent. Add in the cumin, paprika, lime juice and cayenne if desired. Continue to cook until the cauliflower because tender but not mushy.
  3. Serve the beef and cauliflower rice with chopped cilantro and your toppings of choice.

 

Carmen Sturdy

Carmen Sturdy

Carmen discovered the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (a diet free from grains, gluten, refined sugar, processed food, lactose and soya) after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease 2 years ago. She now lives symptom and medication free thanks to the diet. She created Every Last Bite to share healthy recipes and show people that no matter how restricting your diet, you can still enjoy delicious food.

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