Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Sambal-Marinated Beef Burritos

By Stacie Morgan, June 9, 2016, Recipes

Welcome to Cooking with Less Kilowatts! There is nothing better than sitting down in the evening to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But did you know that changing what you do in the kitchen can make an impact on your monthly electricity bill? Each week, I will help you find ways to cook using less energy while still getting a satisfying, flavorful meal. Trust me – I won’t just tell you to do everything in the microwave. I’ll help you cut down on your energy consumption.

Looking for a new way to make delicious burritos at home while lowering your cooking time or energy use? Check out this week’s recipe featuring South Asian-inspired flavors!

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Kick your burrito game up a few notches!

My home city of Houston, TX is packed with all manner of restaurants from across the Asian culinary spectrum, and it seems each one has its own unique flavor profile. This quick, easy-to-make marinade cuts back on the more intense flavors like fish sauce, and I use just the right amount of Sambal chili paste to deliver some spicy flavor without overpowering the marinade.

The key to lowering cooking time for this burrito is slicing the meat very thin and not overcrowding the pan. Pull out a big pan (or wok, if you own one) and use the biggest burner on the stove. Preheat the pan a couple minutes to get it very hot, and then add the meat. Let it sear to become brown and crispy on one side, then toss it, sear the other side, pour in the rest of the sauce, let it thicken a bit, and you are done!

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Use my topping ideas as a jumping-off point for things that sound tasty to you.

You can stuff your burritos with any fillings you prefer, but I’ve selected some specific ingredients to make this a complete meal!  Whip up a batch of quick cilantro lime rice in a low-energy-use rice cooker while the meat is marinating, use leftover rice from an earlier meal, or just buy a bag of microwave rice. And when you buy a can of black beans from the store, add a little cumin and lime juice to the beans before you heat them up in the microwave. I also add a little avocado, pico de gallo, green onions, and sesame sriracha sour cream for a fusion twist to this really easy-to-make burrito!

Sambal-Marinated Beef Burritos

Burrito Ingredients:

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It’s all about the marbling.

  • 1 lb. Beef sirloin steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. Sambal chili paste
  • 2 tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Dark sesame oil
  • ½ tbsp. Fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp. Minced or pressed garlic
  • ½ tsp. Onion powder or granulated onion
  • 2 Green onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp. Toasted sesame seeds

Spicy Sour Cream Ingredients:

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The calm before the storm.

  • 4 oz. Sour cream
  • 1 tbsp. Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Dark sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. Sambal chili paste
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha sauce

Directions:

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Be sure you slice your beef at a consistent thickness to ensure even cooking.

1) Pat the steak dry with a paper towel. Thinly slice the beef against the grain into very thin strips.

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Spices!

2) Place the steak in a bowl and add in the chili paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, onion powder, sesame oil, fish sauce, ginger, and garlic. Toss the ingredients until the steak is completely coated. Let the steak marinate for at least 30 minutes (or up to three hours).

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This dip has so many applications outside of this burrito recipe.

3) While the meat is marinating, add the ingredients for the spicy sour cream into a medium-sized bowl and mix until smooth. Place the bowl in the refrigerator until you’re ready to create the burritos.

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Getting a good sear on your beef is a crucial part of locking in the flavor of the marinade.

4) Heat a large nonstick skillet (or wok) over medium high heat for three minutes to get it very hot. If your pan isn’t nonstick, use 1 tbsp. of your preferred cooking oil during the heating process.

5) Add the marinated meat to the hot pan. Let the meat sear without moving it for two to three minutes on the first side.

6) Toss the meat around the pan to sear the other side. After five initial minutes of cooking, pour in any extra marinade and let the sauce thicken.

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The onions and sesame seeds make for a fantastic addition later in the cooking process.

7) Once the meat is cooked to your liking (I  prefer “Medium”), add the green onion slices, sprinkle in the sesame seeds, toss the meat again to coat it in the sesame seeds and onions, and turn the heat off.

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Build That Burrito!

8) Prepare burritos with your preferred fillings.

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Yum.

This is not your average burrito!

And the recipe also works well as a great meal prep option if you skip the actual burrito and just pair the beef with a different fresh steamed vegetable and some brown rice each night.

Check in next week for another Cooking with Less Kilowatts series entry ready to help you create delicious, homemade recipes while keeping energy use and effort to a minimum! Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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Stacie is a Texas A&M graduate using her animal science education and passion for food to get creative in the kitchen. She previously worked in business before becoming a mom to a special little boy. She's excited to share recipes her family enjoys at home - and they may even help you save energy and be more green in the kitchen.

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