Do you ever want to eat delicious food but you don’t want to put in the work it takes to make it?
That’s where I was on Sunday morning trying to pick my brain of what to make for our youth leader meeting after church. I usually try to make something that can be heated up after church and served easily.
I really wanted fajitas, but I didn’t want to marinate the steaks, cut all the veggies, prep all the sides, and make so many dishes! Dishes are my nemesis by the way.
Somewhere between thoughts of, maybe we should just buy pizza and why do I feed so many people all the time, I had a great thought. Why not add all the classic ingredients of fajitas into one pot, seasonings and all?? I went with it. Usually I try to veer away from testing my ideas on people who aren’t blood related, but I was in a time crunch here, and like I said earlier, I really wanted fajitas.
I defrosted the steaks and grabbed my dutch oven. If you don’t have a dutch oven, then you are sorely missing out. This is the dutch oven I use . I used kitchen grade scissors to cut the steaks into short strips. I know you’re used to longer strips, but I was thinking some people might not use tortillas (like me) and would be putting this concoction straight into a bowl, so think a little bigger than bite size strips.
I then added olive oil to my dutch oven and turned the heat on to medium high. I added the strips in batches. Don’t add any seasonings yet, resist the urge! If you really have to add a little salt, I understand, but nothing else hear me?!?
While the steaks are cooking, I started the brown rice. Mine takes me 45 minutes from start to finish, so plan ahead.
Once the meat was cooked I removed it all from the heat and set it aside for now. I added 1 T more oil. Then I dumped in the onions and bell peppers. I fried them up for a couple minutes, but was careful not to let them soften too much. You want a little crunch in them.
Now it was time to mix. I put my meat back in, the rice, black beans, 1/2 cup water and stirred it all together. I kept the heat on medium high until everything was heated through evenly. You might see some bubbles on the side, that’s perfect. Now reduce the heat to a simmer and add in your seasonings. Simmer for 30 minutes-2 hours.
When you’re ready to eat, have your fixings of choice ready. My guests like everything so I had lettuce, cheese, sour cream, avocado, cilantro, lemon wedges,salsa, hot sauce and of course tortillas ready. To keep this meal dairy free I simply skipped the sour cream and cheese personally. Add in what suits your health needs and as always, enjoy!