Just because I call this “Nacho Meat Mixture” doesn’t mean you can only use it for LCHF Nachos! Or only for Mexican style dishes. I used some of this to make a quick Beef Broccoli Stir Fry! I also used it pretty much as is to make Sloppy Joe’s! The key to this versatility is to not spice it up too much when you first make it. Going easy on the spices when you first make it will allow you to make a left turn and go to some other culinary place if you want to! To make it truly versatile, you can leave out the beef and just make a veggie mixture. Then one day you can make chicken tacos, the next day fish tacos, the next day beef nachos, etc, etc.
So what would you think are the main ingredients to put in a beefy nacho meat mixture? Well for me, you gotta have onions, peppers, tomatoes and some kind of beef. In this case, organic ground beef from grass fed cows. Plus spices like cumin, coriander, chili powder and cilantro. Just don’t go crazy with the spices so you can have that flexibility to do something else if the inspiration strikes! Here we go!
Olive oil and butter, 1 tbl each
Sweet Bell Peppers, chopped (a variety of colors is a must, like 1 each of red, yellow and green) or I bought a bag of those small peppers and used a variety of colors
1 yellow onion, chopped
Tomatoes, diced (you can use a couple of fresh tomatoes or a small can of diced tomatoes)
1 cup salsa
1 lb organic ground beef, or ground bison
cumin, coriander, chili powder and cilantro (dry or fresh)
salt and pepper
Heat a large frying pan on medium heat
Place the olive oil and butter in the pan
When the butter has melted, add the onions and cook for a couple minutes while your chopping the peppers
Add the peppers and cook for a couple minutes
Add the ground beef, or as in this case, I used Bison. There’s not much fat in the Bison, so no need to drain the fat.
Break the meat apart and cook until almost cooked through, about 5 minutes
Add your spices being careful not to over spice. 1 tbl of each would be the upper limit. If you’re using fresh cilantro, a good handful chopped up would be good.
Add your tomatoes and salsa
If your mixture is too dry, add a cup or two of water
Simmer to reduce liquid, cook the meat through and soften the veggies
Taste for salt and pepper
I added a touch of BBQ sauce to the entire batch because I was going to eat a lot of this as Sloppy Jose’s!
You can eat it as is like above, or have it on an Oopsie Roll like a Sloppy Joe, er I mean Jose, like below.
Blackened Rib Eye with Bleu Cheese and Caramelized Onions
I love Blackened Rib Eye steaks and I love Bleu Cheese. Put the two together and you have a Black and Bleu Rib Eye! Ouch! Its so good! Then add some Caramelized Onions and, dare I say it, heaven! Yes, my wife and I were smacking our lips and groaning how good it was after every bite! Let’s get started…
1 Rib Eye steak to share, 10 or 12 ounces would be good
Blackening spice, like Paul Prudhommes
1 large Yellow Onion, peeled and cut into slices
2 tbl butter
2 tbls Avocado Oil
Low carb veggie (I used asparagus)
pinch of salt
1/2 cup white wine
couple slices of Bleu cheese
Add butter to large fry pan on high heat
When butter has melted, add onions, toss to coat and turn down heat to medium
As we cook the steak make sure to keep an eye on the onions. We want to brown them, not burn them.
When the onions have browned add a pinch or two of salt, stir, then add the white wine. Turn the heat down to low and evaporate all the white wine
Blackened Rib Eye Steak
Heat a cast iron pan big enough to hold the steak on high heat
Coat the steak on both sides with one tablespoon of avocado oil
Sprinkle one side of steak with blackening spices, then turn the steak over and coat the other side. Pat down so spices adhere to steak.
When the cast iron pan is hot, add one tablespoon of avocado oil to the pan, then add the steak to the pan right on top of the oil
If you have a splatter screen, put it on top of the cast iron pan and that will keep grease from landing all over the place.
Set a 10 minute timer. That should get you to medium rare. Of course, cook more or less depending on your tastes.
Are you watching those onion? 🙂
Half way through the cook time on the steak, turn it over
When your done cooking the steak let it rest for a couple minutes before cutting it in half to split with your significant other 🙂
Cook your veggie. I used Asparagus for this one. Bring water to a boil, add olive oil and salt to water, add asparagus, bring bake to a boil, turn the heat down to a simmer, 4 minutes, done, drain
Half way through the cook time on the steak, turn it over
Blackened Rib Eye Steak with bleu cheese on top, caramelized onions and vegetable with lots of butter!
Don’t ya just love beef? Grass fed beef is the best of course, but you can eat the grain fed stuff if that’s all that’s available. If cattle eat grass, everything is ok because that is what their genetic engineering tells them to eat. If you put a field of corn and a field of grass in front of cattle, they will more than likely wander into the field of grass and start munching away. Corn is not their thing. If they eat grains instead of grass, they start to become sick. Next, they’re being dosed with antibiotics to make sure they survive.
That combined with growth hormones and you can see why you don’t want to eat too much of grain fed beef. Toxins end up in the fat, so if you eat a lot of grain fed beef, don’t eat the fat. Cut the fat off and replace it with some butter from grass fed cows!
Quick Steak Recipe
My wife and I just shopped at Costco and bought some proteins while there including rib eye steaks. I was going to cook one on the grill for lunch, but it turned out to be a cold, windy day so I cooked inside instead. I pan seared the steak with some blackening seasoning on it. And then I transferred it to my air fryer and finished cooking it in there.
It came out medium well. I usually like my steaks medium rare to medium so it was a little over done for my taste. But it was still delicious and with my two over easy eggs, it was fantastic! I adjusted the below times to get the steak to medium, so if you want med rare, go a couple minutes less. If you want medium well, go a few minutes more.
One rib eye steak about one inch thick
Seasonings, I used blackening spices. You can just use salt and pepper, or use your favorite steak seasoning combo
Whatever side you want (but not fries!), I had Steak and Eggs. My wife just ate steak!
Season the steak on both sides
Sear the steak in a hot pan with a little olive oil and butter, 30 seconds each side
Transfer to the air fryer basket and cook on the steak setting which should be 13 minutes at 370 degrees
When its finished, place on a plate and let rest while you prepare your side