This hearty steak, cheese, and rice burrito is a meal in itself, or a substantial snack for two to share. What makes this beef burrito recipe extra special is the rice, which is cooked along with the beans in salsa for an extra dash of flavor. It's like a traditional burrito Mexicano recipe but taken to the next level. You can also use this recipe as the basis for a delicious dish of baked burritos - just follow the instructions below, and then bake your completed steak burritos in a greased pan for 30 minutes.
Add the prepared salsa and the water to a saucepan and place over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, stirring to combine evenly. Once the mixture is boiling, add the rice and mix well. Then reduce the heat until the rice is simmering gently, cover with a lid, and leave to cook for five minutes. Then, add the beans and allow to simmer for another 5 minutes, or until the majority of the water in the mixture has been absorbed and the rice is ready to eat.
While the rice, bean, and salsa mixture is cooking, you can prepare your steak. Pat the steak dry using kitchen paper, and then season generously on both sides with cracked black pepper and salt. Bring your cast iron skillet up to medium-high heat and add the oil . Once the oil is hot, add your steak strips to a cast iron skillet and fry for three to five minutes (depending on your preferred "doneness" of steak) turning halfway through the cooking time.
Now, take your freshly baked tortillas and top each one with an equally sized portion of the peppered steak strips. Then, top each with the rice, bean and salsa mixture along with shredded cheese, guacamole and garnish with finely chopped cilantro leaves before rolling the tortilla into a burrito.
For a different take on this burrito recipe, beef steak can be switched out for chicken breast strips or pork tenderloin strips. If you're following a restricted-fat diet, you can even use turkey for a healthier alternative. If you have leftover roast meat from a family dinner, such as roast beef or chicken, you can use this instead, just tear into strips or chunks and fry in the skillet as described above.
If you want to create an even spicier dish, you can season your steak strips with a mixture of powdered chili, paprika, and garlic powder in place of the black pepper. Or, for extra heat, add some fresh chopped jalapenos to the skillet as you cook your steak, making sure to stir a few times to distribute the flavor evenly.
You can also customize the recipe further by making your own fresh guacamole. Simply mash up some ripe avocado with finely chopped garlic, tomato, red onion, coriander, and salt (and maybe some jalapenos for an extra kick. To save yourself time, combine all the ingredients apart from the avocado in a food processor and blend to a smooth paste, then mash this into the avocado.