Category: Beef

Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger

Learn how easy it is to make a juicy good Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger, using this appliance. Can’t get outside to grill? Use an air fryer instead!
Learn how easy it is to make a juicy good Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger, using this appliance. Can't get outside to grill? Use an air fryer instead!

When it’s raining outside and we can’t grill burgers on our BBQ, we make ’em in our air fryer! My husband and I have made air fryer bacon cheeseburgers quite a few times now, and guess what? They’re really GOOD! They are also very easy to prepare with super heated hot air.

Now that we have this recipe in our air fryer cooking tool belt, even the weather can’t stop us from enjoying a great burger whenever we want one. Here’s how we make ’em:

Toast The Buns (optional)

Before cooking the hamburger patties, if you would like to toast the hamburger buns, simply lightly spread each half with butter and cook on low heat in a large skillet until golden brown. We love them toasted, which helps keep the buns from getting too soggy. Set the buns aside once toasted. This is completely optional, but it makes an air fryer bacon cheeseburger even better, in our humble opinion.

Hamburger buns, after being lightly toasted with butter in a skillet

Season The Hamburger Patties

We used 1/4 pound ground beef patties. To season the hamburger patties for air fryer cooking, lightly brush each patty on one side with melted butter and a tiny bit of liquid smoke flavoring. The liquid smoke is optional, but we find it really helps provide a smoky taste to the meat (like outside grilling does). Lightly sprinkle the patties on one side with salt and Montreal steak seasoning. You can substitute your own favorite seasonings, if desired, to suit your personal taste.

Have the slices of cheddar (or American) cheese AND the precooked bacon nearby. Did you know you can even cook bacon in an air fryer? Yes you can… and it is fabulous! For each cheeseburger I use a strip of precooked bacon that has been cut in half. You will add these right at the end of the air frying time, so will need them nearby, ready to go!

Hamburger patties are seasoned with spices, butter, and liquid smoke before cooking.Pre-cooked bacon and cheddar cheese slices ready to add to cooked burgers.

Cooking An Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger

Preheat your air fryer to 360°F. This will take 3-4 minutes typically. Place the patties in the air fryer basket, seasoned side down. Cook for 5 minutes, then turn the patties over, and continue cooking for 2 more minutes. Our burgers were medium-well once done.

NOTE: Because air fryer temps for different models of air fryers, your cooking time may be a tiny bit less or a tiny bit longer. Check for your preferred done-ness. Once done, TURN OFF THE AIR FRYER (and quickly do the next step)!

Burgers are cooked in air fryer, then flipped and cooked some more.

 

Once the air fryer is turned off (but still really HOT), immediately place a slice of cheese onto each burger patty. Lay the bacon strips on top of the cheese (2 halves per burger). Close the air fryer and let the patties sit, in the still hot (but powered off) air fryer. After 2 minutes, remove the burger patties from the air fryer.

The heat will have melted the cheese and re-heated the bacon. My husband decided at the last moment to leave the cheese off his air fryer bacon cheeseburger (how dare he!), and ate the cheese by itself, instead. Jeepers.

Bacon slices, cheddar cheese added to air fryer bacon cheeseburger.Cheese has melted and bacon is hot. Time to build a burger.

Build Your Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger and Eat!

Place the burger patties onto toasted (or untoasted) buns. Add your favorite condiments, along with lettuce tomato, and pickles. We LOVE our air fryer bacon cheeseburgers with fresh avocado slices, too. YUM. Serve, and enjoy these delicious burgers.

Air fryer bacon cheeseburger is assembled before eating.A juicy, hot air fryer bacon cheeseburger, ready to devour.

We’ve made these air fryer burgers quite a few times, since we get our fair share of rain here in Oregon. We love to grill burgers outside on our Weber BBQ, but also love making them in our handy air fryer when rainy or snowy weather prohibits it!

Hope you give this air fryer bacon cheeseburger recipe a try, and trust you will enjoy it as much as we do. Take care, and have a great day.

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Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
12 mins
 

Learn how easy it is to make a juicy good Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger, using this appliance. Can't get outside to grill? Use an air fryer instead!

Category: Dinner, Entree, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer bacon cheeseburger
Servings: 2
Calories Per Serving: 399 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 medium hamburger buns , pan-toasted with melted butter (if using toasted buns)
  • 2 slices bacon, pre-cooked
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese (or American)
  • ½ pound ground beef burger patties ,two patties - 1/4 pound each
  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring, divided (optional)
  • salt and Montreal steak seasoning to taste , or preferred seasonings
  • Condiments and Burger Toppings, as desired
Instructions
  1. Before cooking hamburger patties, if you'd like to toast the hamburger buns, simply spread each half lightly with softened butter. Cook on low heat (butter side down) in a large skillet until golden brown. Set aside.

  2. Season hamburger patties by lightly brushing each on one side with melted butter and a tiny bit of liquid smoke flavoring. Lightly sprinkle patties with salt and Montreal steak seasoning. You can substitute your favorite seasonings, if desired, to suit your personal taste. Have cheese slices AND precooked bacon nearby. You will quickly add these at the end of the air frying time, so you'll need them close.

  3. Preheat air fryer to 360°F. This takes 3-4 minutes. Place patties in air fryer basket, seasoned side down. Cook for 5 minutes, then turn patties over, and continue cooking for 2 more minutes. NOTE: Because air fryer temps vary quite a bit, your cooking time may be a bit less or a bit longer. Once done, TURN OFF THE AIR FRYER! Immediately place a slice of cheese onto each burger patty. Lay bacon strips on top of the cheese (2 halves per burger). Close the air fryer and let the patties sit in the hot (but powered off) air fryer. After 2 minutes, remove the patties from the air fryer. The residual heat will have melted the cheese and heated the bacon.

  4. Place burger patties onto prepared buns, and garnish with your preferred condiments and toppings. Serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation was made using untoasted hamburger buns, lean ground beef, bacon and cheese for the burgers. No additional condiments or burger toppings were calculated as they may vary, by personal choice.

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger
Amount Per Serving (1 burger (without condiments))
Calories 399 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 553mg24%
Potassium 487mg14%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 233IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 207mg21%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff

Looking for a quick, inexpensive dinner that tastes good? Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff can be made in about 25 minutes from start to finish!
Looking for a quick, inexpensive dinner that tastes good? Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff can be made in about 25 minutes from start to finish!

My husband and I love beef stroganoff. Most of the time I make classic beef stroganoff, with beef tenderloin (or occasionally stew meat), which needs to cook longer, to fully tenderize the meat.

Occasionally when I want the taste of the original recipe, but am pressed for time, or want to take the easy way out, I make this EASY ground beef stroganoff! Today I want to share this simple recipe with you.

This recipe can be cooked and on the table in under 30 minutes, and has great flavor! It’s also very easy to make, which is always a win-win! Using ground beef tends to be a fairly inexpensive way to feed 4 people. Here’s how to make this easy ground beef stroganoff!

Cook The Ground Beef And Onions

Sauté the ground beef and chopped onions on medium heat in a large skillet. Continue to cook until meat is browned and cooked through.

This will only take a few minutes. Once the meat is fully cooked, remove the skillet from the heat, and drain any accumulated grease from the pan.

Ground beef and chopped onions are pan-seared until fully cooked.Browned ground beef and onions have cooked, and grease has been drained.

Stir in the mushroom pieces, cream of mushroom soup, red wine (or beef broth or water), salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cover the skillet and simmer on low for 15 minutes.

Mushrooms, red wine, and mushroom soup are added to ground beef stroganoff mixture.

While Stroganoff Cooks, Prepare Egg Noodles In Separate Pan

While the stroganoff is cooking, prepare the egg noodles in a separate saucepan, according to the package instructions. When the noodles are done cooking, drain, stir in butter, and keep the noodles warm.

Egg noodles are cooked, drained, then buttered before topping with stroganoff.

Hot, buttered noodles are a wonderful classic base for this dish, but you can also substitute steamed rice under the stroganoff, if you prefer.

Finish The Ground Beef Stroganoff

After the ground beef stroganoff has cooked (covered) for 15 minutes, remove the lid from the skillet. Add the sour cream, and stir this mixture well, to fully blend it in.

Heat this meat mixture, uncovered, on medium-low heat until heated through. DO NOT LET IT BOIL AFTER ADDING SOUR CREAM.

Sour cream is added to the ground beef stroganoff.The ground beef stroganoff is heated through before serving.

Time To Serve Ground Beef Stroganoff

Divide the hot, buttered egg noodles on each plate . Top the noodles with some of the beef stroganoff. You can sprinkle the dish with fresh or dried parsley for garnish, if desired.

Hot, buttered egg noodles are topped with the ground beef stroganoff to serve.

We enjoyed my yummy broccoli corn casserole alongside the stroganoff. The ground beef stroganoff, hot buttered noodles, and a veggie dish made this a well-rounded and filling meal.

Easy ground beef stroganoff on noodles, with broccoli casserole on the side.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I appreciate your time, and hope you have the opportunity to try this simple, but delicious recipe! It is really good, and I hope you enjoy it. Don’t forget to check out my yummy recipes for classic beef stroganoff or meatballs stroganoff!

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Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Looking for a quick, inexpensive dinner that tastes good? Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff can be made in about 25 minutes from start to finish!

Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground beef stroganoff
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 454 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small brown onion , chopped
  • 4 ounces mushroom pieces (canned) , drained
  • 10.5 ounces cream of mushroom soup , one small can
  • ¼ cup red wine, water or beef broth , whichever you prefer (I used red wine)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon (each) black pepper and garlic powder
  • ½ cup sour cream (regular or low-fat)
  • 2 cups dry egg noodles , cooked according to pkg. directions
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
Instructions
  1. Sauté ground beef and onions on medium heat in large skillet. Cook until meat is browned and cooked through. Remove skillet from heat, and drain accumulated grease from pan.

  2. Stir in mushrooms, cream of mushroom soup, red wine (or beef broth or water), salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cover skillet and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.

  3. **While the stroganoff is cooking, prepare egg noodles in a separate saucepan, according to package instructions. When noodles are done cooking, drain, and stir in butter. Keep warm.

  4. After it has cooked (covered) for 15 minutes, remove lid. Add sour cream, and stir well, to fully blend it in. Cook on medium-low heat (uncovered), until heated through. DO NOT LET IT BOIL AFTER ADDING SOUR CREAM. To Serve: Place egg noodles on plates. Top with beef stroganoff. Sprinkle with fresh or dried parsley, if desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Recipe caloric calculation was calculated using red wine, and light sour cream. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 454 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 1064mg46%
Potassium 617mg18%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 182IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Air Fryer Italian Meatballs

It’s so EASY to make delicious Air Fryer Italian Meatballs, to add to a favorite sauce for pasta, or to make a yummy meatball sandwich!
It's so EASY to make delicious Air Fryer Italian Meatballs, to add to a favorite sauce for pasta, or to make a yummy meatball sandwich!

If you have an air fryer, then you know how many foods can be cooked or “fried” in them, without using a lot of oil. Normally I fry my meatballs for spaghetti in oil, in a large skillet on the stove, but wanted to give the old air fryer a go at it, too!

Using an air fryer has become a fun challenge for me, ever since I used birthday gift cards to purchase one last year. My husband and I have sure enjoyed using ours and trying new recipes. We appreciate this appliance that cooks with highly heated air rather than using a lot of oil to prepare food.

So… this time I made meatballs! The result was delicious tasting air fryer Italian meatballs, which were added to homemade spaghetti sauce, and then combined with hot cooked pasta! The process for making the meatballs was practically effortless, and I would whole-heartedly make them this way again!. Here’s how to make Italian meatballs in an air fryer.

Prepare The Meatballs

This step is simple. Simply combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, spices (including salt and pepper), and Parmesan cheese in a medium sized bowl.

Ingredients for meatballs, ready to be combined in large bowl.The meat mixture is fully combined and ready to form into meatballs.

Measure out heaping Tablespoons of the meat mixture and roll each portion between the palms of you hands to form meatballs. Place them on aluminum foil or wax paper, and then lightly spritz them with non-stick baking spray or oil on top and bottom.

The air fryer Italian meatballs recipe calls for only a half pound of ground beef, so the recipe (as written below), should yield about 11-12 medium-sized meatballs, which yields approximately 3 servings.

Place the meatballs in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before cooking. Begin preheating your air fryer towards the end of the refrigeration time.

Meatballs are spritzed with cooking spray or oil before cooking.

Time To Cook the Air Fryer Italian Meatballs!

Okay, now you should have 11-12 lightly sprayed (and lightly chilled meatballs), right? Right! Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. Once the air fryer is pre-heated, place the meatballs into the basket, leaving a bit of space between each one.

I have a Cosori 5.8 quart air fryer, so all the meatballs fit nicely in the basket. If you are making a double portion, you may have to cook the air fryer Italian meatballs in two batches.

Air fryer Italian meatballs in the fryer, ready to be cooked.

Cooking Meatballs In An Air Fryer

Cook the meatballs at 400°F. for approximately 8 minutes in the air fryer. Half way through the cooking time, gently flip the meatballs to the other side using tongs. I found this was so much easier than turning meatballs in a skillet where they sometimes stick to the oiled pan, regardless!

Since some air fryers tend to run really HOT, plan to check on the meatballs around the 7 minute mark, to ensure you don’t overcook them. Mine cooked perfectly in 8 minutes, but it is always best to keep an eye on them.

The cooked air fryer Italian meatballs are crispy and browned when done.Meatballs have been removed from fryer, and are ready to add to sauce.

Okay, They Are Fully Cooked – Now What?

You can eat the meatballs as soon as they are fully cooked, just the way they are. BUT… I think they are best added to a pot of spaghetti or marinara sauce!

Just toss them into the pan, and spoon the sauce over the meatballs. Heat the sauce and meatballs through before serving.

Spaghetti sauce is heated, along with the air fryer cooked meatballs.

When done, add the meatballs and sauce to cooked pasta OR make a wonderful tasting meatball sandwich! Honestly, the meatballs aren’t hard at all to make! Using an air fryer to cook them let me work on other parts of the meal (hands free) while they were cooking!

The air fryer Italian meatballs have good flavor (thanks to garlic powder, Parmesan, onion powder and oregano), and will be a wonderful addition to your meal! Throw some extra Parmesan cheese on top and dig In!

Air fryer Italian meatballs are served along with pasta and sauce!

I hope you will have an opportunity to try this recipe. We are really enjoying our air fryer, and are grateful for the many food items that can be prepared in it. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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Original recipe source:  The “Cosori Air Fryer Recipes” owner’s recipe book that came with the purchase of my air fryer. Page 22

Air Fryer Italian Meatballs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
23 mins
 

It's so EASY to make delicious Air Fryer Italian Meatballs, to add to a favorite sauce for pasta, or to make a yummy meatball sandwich!

Category: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Air fryer Italian meatballs
Servings: 3 (3-4 meatballs per person)
Calories Per Serving: 246 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • ½ pound ground beef (75/25 recommended)
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • cup milk
  • 3 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper (¼ tsp. each)
  • non-stick cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, salt, pepper, spices, and Parmesan cheese in a medium sized bowl. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated.

  2. Measure out heaping Tablespoons of the meat mixture and roll each portion between the palms of you hands to form meatballs. Place them on aluminum foil or wax paper, and then lightly spritz them with non-stick baking spray or oil on top and bottom. The mixture should make about 11-12 medium-sized meatballs, which yields approximately 3 servings. Place the meatballs in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before cooking. Begin preheating your air fryer towards the end of the refrigeration time.

  3. Preheat air fryer to 400°F. Once pre-heated, place meatballs into basket, leaving space between each one. If you are making a double portion, you may have to cook the meatballs in two batches. Cook the meatballs at 400°F. for approximately 8 minutes in the air fryer. Half way through cooking time, gently turn meatballs to other side using tongs. Check on meatballs around the 7 minute mark, to ensure you don't overcook them.

  4. Once meatballs are done, they're ready to eat. Eat them as is, or add them to a pot of spaghetti sauce to combine with cooked pasta, or make a meatball sandwich! Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Italian Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (1 (approx. 3-4 meatballs))
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 127mg42%
Sodium 392mg17%
Potassium 310mg9%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 187IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 128mg13%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!It's so EASY to make delicious Air Fryer Italian Meatballs, to add to a favorite sauce for pasta, or to make a yummy meatball sandwich!

Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks

Use a Traeger, pellet smoker or BBQ to make delicious Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks. An easy, flavorful spice rub coats the smoked, then grilled steaks.
Use a Traeger, pellet smoker or BBQ to make delicious Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks. An easy, flavorful spice rub coats the smoked, then grilled steaks.

We really enjoyed these delicious smoked chili rib eye steaks recently! Thick juicy steaks are coated in a spice mixture, and the meat is refrigerated for several hours to let the flavors permeate fully!

Once the steaks are ready, they are first “smoked” on a pellet grill (we used our Traeger), and then cooked over high heat until perfectly done!

Can I Still Make These Steaks If I Don’t Have a Smoker Grill?

The simple answer is YES! They will not have the depth of smoky flavor that “smoking” the meat with wood pellets will have, but they’re gonna still taste great! The’re going to taste wonderful because of the chili garlic seasoning mixture that coats the meat!

Make The Spice “Rub” For The Steaks

This spice “rub” or “paste” is very simple to make, and packs a lot of flavor onto the steaks. The ingredients are chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, salt, olive oil, worcestershire sauce, and garlic.

These ingredients plus garlic make the spice rub for the rib eyes.

Mash the minced garlic into the salt in a bowl, until they form a paste like mixture. It’s easy to do, using a fork! Stir in the remaining ingredients until they are fully incorporated. The finished mix will be the consistency of a thin chili sauce.

Minced garlic and salt are mashed together to form a paste.Ingredients are mixed together to form a chili-based sauce rub for the steaks.

Prepare The Steaks And Refrigerate

Brush the chili spice paste mixture over all sides of the steaks. I found using a pastry brush very easy, but you can certainly use your (clean) hands, if desired.

A pastry brush applies the chili rub to the rib eye steaks.

Once all four rib eyes are fully coated with the chili spice mixture, cover, and let them “chill” in the refrigerator for 4 hours. This lets the flavors really permeate the meat.

NOTE: The seasoned steaks can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before cooking.

After the spice rub is applied, the steaks are refrigerated for 4 hours.

Using A Propane or Briquette BBQ Grill?

If using a propane or briquette BBQ, when you are ready to grill the steaks, prepare the grill, according to manufacturer instructions. When grilling the steaks (without smoking them), put the seasoned, marinated steaks on, and grill them to your preferred done-ness.

Time To Put the Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks On The Smoker!

If using a Traeger grill or other pellet smoker, turn the heat setting to SMOKE, and let the fire get established with the lid open. This usually takes 4-5 minutes. Once the fire is established and the grill is smoking, turn the temperature setting to 225° F, and close the lid. Let the grill preheat for 10-15 minutes, until temperature has been reached.

Place the steaks on the grill, and smoke them, (with lid closed) at 225° for 45 minutes, or until a probe inserted into the steak reaches an internal temperature of 120°.

Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks are smoked for 45 minutes on grill.

When the meat reaches an internal temperature of 120°, remove the steaks from grill. Cover them with foil and keep them warm. See where the temperature probe was in the steak, below?

The smoked chili rib eye steaks are removed to rest while grill is turned up to high grilling temp.

Time To GRILL The Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks!

Turn the temperature setting up to High (450° F), and preheat grill with the lid closed until it reaches temperature in about 10 minutes.

Return the smoked chili rib eye steaks back onto the grill. Insert a temperature probe back into one of the steaks. Cook until desired done-ness has been reached, turning them once. Cooking times will vary, depending on the type of grill you are using, hot spots, etc.  Remember that the temperature will continue to rise a bit after taking the steaks off the grill.

How Long Should I Grill The Steaks?

Grill 4-5 minutes on the first side, then flip and finish grilling the other side until temperature is reached. Here are the “recommended” benchmarks:

  • Rare Steaks: Take off grill at 130-135°. Final temp.= anywhere between 130° -140°.
  • Medium-rare steaks:  Take off grill between 135-140° F. Final temp. = 145°.
  • Medium steaks: Take off grill at 155°. Final temp. = 160° F.
  • Well done: Take off grill at 165°. Final temp. = 170°.

Let the smoked chili rib eye steaks rest for about 4-5 minutes after removing them from the grill to let juices redistribute inside the meat. Serve, and enjoy!

Smoked chili rib eye steaks are grilled on high temps after resting, to finish!

The smoked chili rib eye steaks turned out wonderfully, and flavor permeated the meat! These steaks are not too spicy! When my husband cut into his medium-rare steak, he said it was cooked perfectly! Hooray! Hope you will give this delicious recipe a try! Have a great day.

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Original recipe source: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/beef/chili-rib-eye-steaks

Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Marinating Time (inactive)
4 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs
 

Use a Traeger, pellet smoker or BBQ to make delicious Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks. An easy, flavorful spice rub coats the smoked, then grilled steaks.

Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smoked chili rib eye steaks
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 677 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 rib eye steaks (10-12 ounces each)
  • 2 cloves garlic (large cloves) , minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons worcestershire sauce
Instructions
Make Spice Mixture:
  1. Place minced garlic and salt in a small bowl. Mash minced garlic into salt with a fork, until it forms a paste like mixture. Add the chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, olive oil, and worcestershire sauce. Stir well, to combine. Use a pastry brush (or clean hands) to fully cover all sides of the steaks with the spice mixture. Cover the steaks, and let them "chill" in the refrigerator for 4 hours. This lets the flavors permeate the meat. NOTE: If making ahead of time, the seasoned steaks can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before cooking.

Using A Propane Or Briquette BBQ:
  1. Remove seasoned steaks from refrigerator about 15 minutes before grilling. When ready to cook the steaks, prepare your grill, according to manufacturer instructions. Put the seasoned, steaks on, and cook them to your preferred done-ness.

Using A Traeger Grill Or Other Pellet Smoker To Smoke, Then Grill:
  1. Remove steaks from refrigerator while preheating grill. Turn the heat setting to SMOKE, and let the fire get established with the lid open. This usually takes 4-5 minutes. Once fire is established and the grill is smoking, turn temperature setting to 225° F, close the lid, and let the grill preheat for 10-15 minutes, until temperature has been reached. Place steaks on the grill, and smoke them, (with lid closed) at 225° for 45 minutes, or until a probe inserted into the steak reaches an internal temperature of 120°. Remove the steaks from grill. Cover with foil and keep them warm.

  2. Turn temperature setting up to HIGH (450° F), and preheat grill (lid closed) until it reaches temperature ( about 10 minutes). Return steaks to the grill. Insert temperature probe into a steak. Grill 4-5 minutes (lid open) on the first side, then flip and finish grilling the other side until temperature is reached, turning ONCE. Let the steaks rest 4-5 minutes after removing them from the grill to let juices redistribute inside the meat. Remember the temperature will continue to rise a bit after taking the meat off the grill. These are the commonly "recommended" temperatures for grilled steaks:

    Rare: Take off grill at 130-135°. Final temp.= anywhere between 130° -140°.

    Medium-rare:  Take off grill anywhere between 135-140° F. Final temp. = 145°.

    Medium: Take off grill at 155°. Final temp. = 160° F.

    Well done: Take off grill at 165°. Final temp. = 170°.

Nutrition Facts
Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks
Amount Per Serving (1 steak)
Calories 677 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 173mg58%
Sodium 879mg38%
Potassium 915mg26%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 58g116%
Vitamin A 1230IU25%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 6.4mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Use a Traeger, pellet smoker or BBQ to make delicious Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks. An easy, flavorful spice rub coats the smoked, then grilled steaks.

Moroccan Meatball Couscous Soup

Moroccan Meatball Couscous Soup is a delicious, flavor-filled dish, with baked ground beef meatballs and pearl couscous, in a simple garlic/shallot broth.
Moroccan Meatball Couscous Soup is a delicious, flavor-filled dish, with baked ground beef meatballs and pearl couscous, in a simple garlic/shallot broth.

A couple of weeks ago, I tried a new soup recipe that I recently found on Pinterest.  The recipe was for a Moroccan meatball couscous soup, and I thought it sounded really interesting, due to the spices used in the tiny meatballs.

Do you like meatballs in soup? We do! One of our favorite soups with meatballs is my Albondigas Soup, which has traditional Southwestern flavors. I wasn’t too sure how this Moroccan meatball couscous soup (using pearl / Israeli couscous) would turn out, but thought I’d give this unique sounding soup a shot!

WOW!  We LOVED this simple soup!  Tiny meatballs, made with ground beef or lamb (I used ground beef), are mixed with a variety of Moroccan spices. The spices include turmeric, cinnamon, chili powder, curry powder, and several more.

The little meatballs are baked, then added to a simple chicken or vegetable broth, which has been flavored with garlic and shallots. The end result? A wonderful tasting Moroccan meatball couscous soup that will knock your socks off! The soup is very easy to make – here’s how:

How To Make Moroccan Meatball Couscous Soup

The first thing you will need to do is preheat your oven to 375° F, and line a 13×9 inch baking sheet (with edges) with parchment paper. Place a rack in the middle of the oven.

Mix together the spices for the meatballs in a small bowl. Place the ground beef (or ground lamb) in a medium bowl.  Add the spice mixture and tomato paste to the meat in the bowl. Mix thoroughly (with clean hands), until all ingredients are completely blended.

Blending spices and ground beef to make Moroccan Meatball Couscous Soup.

For each meatball, use a rounded teaspoon of meat. Roll meat between your hands to form a small meatball. Place meatballs onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Repeat until all the meat is gone. I ended up with 43 little meatballs out of this mixture.

Place meatballs into the oven (on the middle rack). Bake at 375° F. for 10-12 minutes, until they are fully cooked through. When done, remove baking sheet from oven, and set aside.

Forming meatballs and baking them for Moroccan meatball couscous soup.

Preparing The Couscous

While the meatballs are baking, you can cook the Israeli (pearl) couscous. For this recipe the couscous is lightly “dry toasted” first, then cooked.

Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium heat in a saucepan. Once the oil is hot (but not smoking), add the pearl couscous. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally while it lightly “toasts”. Lightly “toasting” the couscous, helps develop a slightly nutty flavor.

Add 1¾ cup water, and a tiny pinch of salt to the toasted couscous. Let the water come to a full boil. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to low, and cover the pan.

Cook the couscous for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until the water has been fully absorbed. Remove pan from heat once done. Set aside.

Toasting then cooking Israeli couscous for Moroccan meatball couscous soup.

Putting The Moroccan Meatball Couscous Soup Together

Heat 3 Tablespoons olive oil  on medium high heat, in a large Dutch oven or soup pot.  Add minced garlic and 3 chopped shallots to the hot oil. Cook, stirring often, for one minute.

Add the chicken (or vegetable) broth to the pot, along with 2 more cups of water. Bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and carefully add the meatballs and the cooked couscous to the hot broth.

Shallots, garlic, chicken broth, & meatballs added to Moroccan meatball couscous soup.

Simmer the Moroccan meatball couscous soup (uncovered) on low heat for 10 minutes.  See how nice and plump the pearl couscous is?

Moroccan meatball couscous soup cooking in broth.

Once the Moroccan meatball couscous soup is finished cooking, remove the pot from the stove. Taste test the broth. If you find more salt or pepper is necessary to suit your taste, add it now.

Ladle the hot soup into individual serving bowls. To serve, garnish each bowl of Moroccan meatball couscous soup with some chopped fresh flat leaf parsley.

Moroccan meatball couscous soup, served with parsley garnish.

That’s how simple it is to make this delicious soup!  I wasn’t sure I was gonna like it at first (being honest), but my husband and I ended up loving it!  The leftovers were fabulous for lunches, too! YUM.

Moroccan meatball couscous soup, served in white bowl, with fresh parsley garnish.

I really do hope you will consider trying this scrumptious Moroccan meatball couscous soup recipe. You will be surprised at the wonderful flavors in the meatballs and in the broth!  Have a wonderful day, friends.

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Moroccan Meatball Couscous Soup
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Moroccan Meatball Couscous Soup is a delicious, flavor-filled dish, with baked ground beef meatballs and pearl couscous, in a simple garlic/shallot broth.
Category: Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine: Moroccan
Keyword: Moroccan meatball couscous soup
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 360 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Meatballs:
  • pounds ground beef (or lamb)
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
For Soup:
  • 8 ounces Israeli (pearl) couscous
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil ,for toasting couscous
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil ,for cooking shallots/garlic
  • 8 cloves garlic ,minced
  • 3 shallots , finely chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth ,may substitute vegetable broth
  • cups water , divided
  • chopped flat leaf parsley ,for garnish - optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F, and place a rack in the middle of the oven. Line a 13x9 inch baking sheet (with edges) with parchment paper. 

  2. Mix spices for the meatballs in a small bowl. Place the ground beef (or lamb) in a medium bowl. Add the spice mix and tomato paste to the meat. Mix thoroughly (with clean hands), until completely blended. For each meatball, use a rounded teaspoon of meat. Roll meat between hands to form a small meatball (40-45 total). Place meatballs onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Repeat until meat is gone. Place meatballs into oven (on middle rack). Bake at 375° F. for 10-12 minutes, until fully cooked through. When done, remove baking sheet from oven, and set aside.

  3. While meatballs bake, cook the couscous.  Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium heat in a saucepan. Once the oil is hot (but not smoking), add the pearl couscous. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally while it lightly "toasts".  Add 1¾ cups of water and a pinch of salt to the toasted couscous. Let water come to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, and cover the pan. Cook couscous for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until the water has been fully absorbed. Remove pan from heat and set aside when done.

  4. Heat 3 Tablespoons olive oil  on medium high heat, in a large Dutch oven or soup pot.  Add minced garlic and chopped shallots to the hot oil. Cook, stirring often, for one minute.  Add the chicken (or vegetable) broth to the pot, along with 2 more cups of water. Bring liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to low; carefully add meatballs and cooked couscous to the hot broth. Simmer the soup (uncovered) on low heat for 10 minutes. Once the soup is finished cooking, remove the pot from the heat. Taste test the broth. If you find more salt or pepper is necessary to suit your taste, add it. Ladle the hot soup into individual serving bowls. To serve, garnish each bowl of soup with chopped fresh flat leaf parsley. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Moroccan Meatball Couscous Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 667mg29%
Potassium 449mg13%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 10.1mg12%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Moroccan Meatball Couscous Soup is a delicious, flavor-filled dish, with baked ground beef meatballs and pearl couscous, in a simple garlic/shallot broth.

Easy Stuffed Beef Rolls

You’ll love these Easy Stuffed Beef Rolls, featuring ground beef with a savory bread crumb, onion and spice stuffing inside, and baked with brown gravy on top!You'll love these Easy Stuffed Beef Rolls, featuring ground beef with a savory bread crumb, onion and spice stuffing inside, and baked with brown gravy on top!

I recently found an old recipe in my old, “practically ancient” recipe box.  This recipe for easy stuffed beef rolls is at least 15-20 years old (probably more than that!).

I used to write recipes down on 3×5 cards (back in the day before computers… ha ha), and came upon this one a couple weeks ago. Not sure what the original source was (back then I was too ignorant to write it down), but I knew I wanted to modify the recipe slightly and try it.

I made the stuffed beef rolls for my husband and I, and then saved the leftovers for another meal (recipe makes 6!).  The recipe is VERY easy to make, and the results are very good!

Easy stuffed beef rolls are also quite economical to make (especially when it makes 6 servings), so it’s a “good on the ol’ family budget” recipe, as well! Hope you will consider making them for an easy dinner for family or friends.

Here’s How To Make Stuffed Beef Rolls

Mix ground beef, slightly beaten eggs, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and garlic powder together in a large bowl until fully combined. Set aside.

Ground beef, eggs and spices in bowl before mixing

Combine the ingredients for stuffing in a small bowl (bread crumbs, onion, sage, pepper, marjoram and chicken broth). Set aside.

Bread crumb, onions and spices for beef roll stuffing, in bowl

Form The Meat Patties

Divide the meat evenly into 6 portions. Place on wax paper, leaving space between each ball of meat.  Lay a piece of wax paper on top of the meat (enough to cover). Use your hands to flatten out each piece of meat, shaping it into a 4 inch square.

Beef divided into 6 four inch squares

Add Stuffing And Roll The Patties Up

Place 2 Tablespoons of stuffing mixture onto each meat square. Use your fingers to “spread”  the mixture out to within 1/2″ of each edge. Carefully roll up each square, one at a time, tucking filling in as you go.

If the stuffing falls out, just put it right back in, continuing until all 6 beef rolls are done. Make sure you seal up or tuck in the seam and ends of each roll to hold stuffing in while it bakes.

Bake The Stuffed Beef Rolls

Spray a 13×9 inch baking dish with non-stick spray.  Place beef rolls, SEAM SIDE DOWN onto baking pan, leaving space between each roll. Bake in a preheated 375° oven (uncovered) for 20 minutes.

Stuffing is added to beef, then rolled up to seal it in

While the stuffed beef rolls are baking, make the gravy by combining an envelope of brown gravy mix with a cup of water. Bring the gravy mixture to a full boil, then reduce heat and simmer for one minute.

Brown gravy is cooked, to add to stuffed beef rolls

After the beef rolls have baked for 20 minutes, remove pan from oven.  Spoon the gravy over the top and sides of the meat. Place the pan back into the oven and continue cooking for an additional 25 minutes (uncovered).

Partially baked beef rolls are covered with gravy then baked again

When the stuffed beef rolls are done, carefully remove hot pan from oven.

Stuffed beef rolls with gravy, hot out of oven

Serve the Stuffed Beef Rolls!

Using a spatula, transfer a beef roll to individual serving plates.  If desired, you can always have more gravy on hand (by making a second batch) to spoon over meat and/or potatoes (if serving), but it is not necessary!

Easy Stuffed Beef Roll on plate, served with mashed potatoes and peas

You can see some of the filling inside this stuffed beef roll that has been cut in half.

One of the stuffed beef rolls, cut in half to show inside.

This recipe is so simple… and yet it is delicious!  It’s a nice, easy way to present/serve individual beef portions to your family or guests.  If you enjoy this type of “old-school” dinner, you will enjoy this, and you might also love my recipe for Really Good Meatloaf! YUM.

Have a great day, and remember, as always, to be KIND to those you cross paths with today. You just never know what pain or hurt someone may be going through, and all it takes is a simple kindness extended, to possibly ease the burden a little for them.

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Easy Stuffed Beef Rolls
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
You'll love these Easy Stuffed Beef Rolls, featuring ground beef with a savory bread crumb, onion and spice stuffing inside, and baked with brown gravy on top!
Category: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stuffed beef rolls
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 350 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • pounds ground beef
  • 2 eggs , slightly beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
For Stuffing:
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons onion , finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon marjoram , optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
For Gravy:
  • 1 envelope brown gravy mix
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Mix ground beef, slightly beaten eggs, Worchestershire sauce, salt, pepper and garlic powder together in a large bowl until fully combined. Set aside.

  2. Mix ingredients for stuffing in a small bowl (bread crumbs, onion, sage, pepper, and chicken broth). Set aside.
  3. Divide the meat evenly into 6 portions. Place on wax paper, leaving space between each ball of meat.  Lay a piece of wax paper on top of the meat (enough to cover). Use your hands to flatten out each piece of meat, shaping it into a 4 inch square. Place 2 Tablespoons of stuffing mixture onto each meat square. Use your fingers to "spread"  the mixture out to within 1/2" of each edge. Carefully roll up each square, one at a time, tucking filling in as you go (if stuffing falls out, just put it right back in), continuing until all 6 beef rolls are done. Make sure you seal up or tuck in the seam and ends of each roll to hold stuffing in while it bakes.

  4. Spray a 13x9 inch baking dish with non-stick spray. Place beef rolls, SEAM SIDE DOWN onto baking pan, leaving space between each roll. Bake in a preheated 375° oven (uncovered) for 20 minutes.
  5. While beef rolls are baking, make the gravy by combining an envelope of brown gravy mix with a cup of water. Bring the gravy mixture to a full boil, then reduce heat and simmer for one minute. After the beef rolls have baked for 20 minutes, remove pan from oven.  Spoon the gravy over the top and sides of the meat. Place the pan back into the oven and continue cooking for an additional 25 minutes (uncovered). When the stuffed beef rolls are done, carefully remove hot pan from oven. Using a spatula, transfer beef rolls to individual serving plates or a serving platter. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*If you want additional gravy to pour over the FINISHED beef rolls (or to use on mashed potatoes, simply DOUBLE the amount of gravy you make, use half to bake beef rolls and the other half to spoon over finished beef rolls (or potatoes on the side)!

Nutrition Facts
Easy Stuffed Beef Rolls
Amount Per Serving (1 beef roll)
Calories 350 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 135mg45%
Sodium 295mg13%
Potassium 356mg10%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!You'll love these Easy Stuffed Beef Rolls, featuring ground beef with a savory bread crumb, onion and spice stuffing inside, and baked with brown gravy on top!

 

 

Slow Cooker Carne Asada

You’re gonna love this delicious slow cooker carne asada style Mexican shredded beef… an easy, budget friendly filling for tacos, burritos, nachos, and enchiladas! The possibilities for using this amazing tasting shredded beef are endless!You're gonna love this delicious slow cooker carne asada style Mexican shredded beef, an easy, perfect filling for tacos, burritos, nachos, and enchiladas!

Traditional carne asada (which means “grilled meat”) is typically made using flank steak or skirt steak.  I stumbled upon this variation recipe on Pinterest which uses stew meat (a less expensive type of beef), and since I had some already in our freezer, decided to try this particular recipe.

Oh. My. Goodness. The Southwestern flavor of the meat is incredible, and the beef turns out so tender it shreds easily!!

The recipe is very easy to prepare and only involves a couple of simple “prep” steps. Then you turn on your crock pot and let it do all the rest of the work for you, while you go about your day!

How To Make This Carne Asada Slow Cooker Dish:

Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat (I lightly sprayed my skillet with non-stick spray before heating).  Cook the stew meat cubes on all sides.  This took about 10 minutes. If you need to, cook the beef in two batches, to not overcrowd the pan. Once beef is browned nicely, transfer it to slow cooker.

3 pictures of stew meat for carne asada, browning in skillet

Once the meat has cooked, your skillet will probably look like the first photo below, with lots of remaining little bits of charred meat. Add 1/3 cup of water to skillet. Cook on medium heat for a couple minutes, to de-glaze the skillet.

Be sure to scrape all the browned bits up off the bottom of the skillet into the water. It will blend to make a thin flavor-filled sauce. Pour this liquid over the meat in the slow cooker. Stir well to combine. Set aside.

Skillet is de-glazed with water, then poured into slow cooker over beef

Mix up the carne asada sauce ingredients in a medium bowl with a fork or whisk until thoroughly combined and the brown sugar has dissolved. Pour the marinade over the beef.  The meat should be almost completely submerged. If not, add a little bit more water to slow cooker. Stir to combine.

Put lid on slow cooker, turn to the HIGH setting, and cook the meat for 4 hours, covered.
TIP: Do not open lid of slow cooker during the cooking time, so you don’t lose any heat! Your kitchen should start to smell really good about halfway through the cooking time!

Marinade mixed for carne asada in bowl, then into slow cooker over beef

Time To Shred The Slow Cooker Carne Asada

After meat has fully cooked, remove lid. Shred the meat (it should shred VERY easily) using two forks to pull the meat apart. Shred it right back into the juices in the slow cooker.

Shredding beef for carne asada with two forks

The meat is now ready to serve!  Whatever you don’t eat right away can be frozen in food storage bags (once it’s cooled down), to save for other meals.

What Else Can Slow Cooker Carne Asada Be Used For?  

I’ve prepared several dishes with the meat (it went a long way since there are only two of us at home these days). I made shredded carne asada enchiladas (below). They were a HUGE hit with my husband and I.

The meat is so tender and is totally packed with flavor.  I also used the last bit of meat to make a big plate of nachos for my husband, myself and our son… another great way to use the shredded beef (sorry, no pics, they were eaten too fast)! YUMMO!

Carne asada meat used to make shredded beef enchiladas

We also used the carne asada to make some simple street tacos with chopped onion, cilantro, freshly made guacamole… and lime slices! They were absolutely fantastic! I’m telling you, the flavor of this slow cooker carne asada is wonderful!

Shredded carne asada meat used to make tacos

There are so many ways to use this meat!  I’ve already bought more stew meat to make this recipe again.  I’m planning to make some shredded beef burritos and possibly a couple tostadas with it this time! I can hardly wait!

I hope you try this delicious version of carne asada.  The flavor is OUTSTANDING… I think you will LOVE it. Have a great day!

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Slow Cooker Carne Asada
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 15 mins
 

You're gonna love this delicious slow cooker carne asada style Mexican shredded beef, an easy, perfect filling for tacos, burritos, nachos, and enchiladas!

Category: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: carne asada
Servings: 12
Calories Per Serving: 244 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds stew meat , cut in 2" cubes
  • 1 cup water , divided
Carne Asada Sauce
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 4 green onions , cut in thin slices
  • 2 limes (juice only)
  • 6 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes , or more, if you like it spicy!
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat (I lightly sprayed my skillet with non-stick spray before heating).  Cook the stew meat cubes on all sides.  This took about 10 minutes. If you need to, cook the beef in two batches, to not overcrowd the pan. Once beef is browned nicely, remove and transfer it to slow cooker.

  2. Add 1/3 cup of water to skillet you cooked the beef in. Cook on medium heat for a couple minutes, to de-glaze the skillet. Be sure to scrape all the browned bits up off the bottom of the skillet into the water. It will make a thin flavor-filled sauce. Pour this over the meat in the slow cooker. Stir well to combine. Set aside.

  3. Mix up the carne asada sauce ingredients in a medium bowl with a fork or whisk until thoroughly combined and the brown sugar has dissolved. Pour the marinade over the beef.  The meat should be almost completely submerged. If not, add a little bit more water to slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  4. Put lid on slow cooker, turn to the HIGH setting, and cook the meat for 4 hours, covered. After meat has fully cooked, remove lid. Shred the meat (it should shred VERY easily) using two forks to pull the meat apart. The meat is now ready to serve, and can be used for tacos, enchiladas, burritos, nachos, etc. Enjoy!!!

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation is only for carne asada. Any other additions (tortillas, etc.) are not included.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Carne Asada
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (1/12th of total))
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 519mg23%
Potassium 311mg9%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 2.2mg3%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!You're gonna love this delicious slow cooker carne asada style Mexican shredded beef, an easy, perfect filling for tacos, burritos, nachos, and enchiladas!

Beef Short Ribs With Parmesan Polenta

Beef Short Ribs with Parmesan Polenta taste amazing! The tender meat and veggies, on creamy Parmesan polenta, and drizzled with a pan sauce, is a perfect comfort food meal!Beef Short Ribs with Parmesan Polenta is an amazing tasting meal that will impress even the pickiest of guests! Your home will smell wonderful as the ribs braise in the oven for hours! The meat will simply fall off the bone onto creamy Parmesan polenta drizzled with a pan sauce, for a perfect comfort food meal!

Beef Short Ribs with Parmesan Polenta is an amazing tasting meal that will impress even the pickiest of guests! Your home will smell wonderful as the ribs braise in the oven for hours! The meat will simply fall off the bone onto creamy Parmesan polenta drizzled with a pan sauce, for a perfect comfort food meal!

My husband picked up some short ribs at the grocery store that were on sale, so I went on the hunt for a new recipe to try. I found this recipe on Pinterest, made it, and we were blown away… really!

The ribs were so tender, flavored beautifully, and the creamy Parmesan polenta that they were served with was the perfect accompaniment to the dish! YUM. This would be a wonderful dish for entertaining… definitely restaurant quality!

How To Make Beef Short Ribs With Parmesan Polenta

Here’s how to make this dish (you can do this – even if you’ve never made short ribs before!):  First thing to do is generously season the ribs on every side with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large dutch oven or stockpot on medium-high heat.

Add ribs (in batches, if necessary) and cook until browned on all sides (approximately 2-3 minutes per side). Remove ribs to a platter to rest.

Raw beef short ribs unwrapped on white tray

Pan-searing ribs in oil, in red pan

Browned meat resting on paper towels on baking sheet

Put the Dutch oven back on the heat.  Once pan is hot, add carrots, celery and onions to pan.

Sautè the veggies, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes, scraping up any bits of browned beef bits left on bottom of pan (they will add flavor!). Pour in the red wine, and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Cooking onions, celery, wine and carrots in large pot

Add beef stock and sprigs of fresh thyme.  Place the short ribs back into the pan. Make sure the ribs are mostly covered with liquid (you can add more beef stock or water, if necessary) to ensure only the tops of the ribs are left uncovered.

How Long Do I Cook The Beef Short Ribs?

Cover the pot, place in preheated 325 degree oven, and bake for 2 1/2 – 3 hours. I let my short ribs cook for 2 hours, 45 minutes total.

When done, put the ribs (without liquid) on a sheet pan about 5 inches under the broiler for about 4-5 minutes to crisp up the outside. This is an optional step, but one I definitely recommend. Once done, cover ribs with foil and keep warm.

Braising short ribs and vegetables in liquid

Short ribs on baking sheet

Make A Pan Sauce To Drizzle Over Beef Short Ribs With Parmesan Polenta

Another option (which I did while the ribs were under the broiler) is to make a pan sauce using the liquid from the dutch oven, after the short ribs baked.

To make the pan sauce, pour the liquid and the veggies from pan into a large strainer which is sitting on top of a bowl or pan (to catch all the juice).  Return the liquid to the pan. Cook on medium-low until the liquid reduces (about 8-10 minutes).

Whisk a couple Tablespoons of flour with some hot water (1/4 cup) and whisk it into the sauce ,to thicken it a little bit.

Vegetables in strainer, liquid in pan, adding flour/water to pan sauce

Make The Parmesan Polenta

While the meat was resting and the gravy was reducing, make the polenta, by bringing water, milk and salt to a boil in a medium pan.

While whisking the liquid, slowly add the polenta (I used cornmeal- same thing). Continue to whisk the ingredients together and cook for 2-3 minutes, until polenta begins to thicken.

Turn the heat down, and simmer the polenta until it becomes thick, but still creamy in texture. Add grated Parmesan cheese and butter to the polenta, and stir to combine.

Continue to stir until the butter and cheese are completely melted and fully mixed into the polenta.

Adding Parmesan cheese and butter to polenta in pan

To Serve Beef Short Ribs With Parmesan Polenta

To serve this dish, spoon the hot polenta into individual serving bowls, then place 1-2 short ribs and a few of the cooked veggies on top.

Drizzle with some of the pan sauce over all to garnish, and top with a little sprig of fresh thyme, then serve! Ooh… this is sooooo good!

Close up of ribs and polenta with sauce

Short Ribs with Polenta, veggies and sauce in white bowl

I really cannot begin to tell you just how delicious this meal was!  Besides that, our kitchen smelled amazing, too!  There are a few steps that go into making such a wonderful dish, but they were completely worth every single minute!

Most of the prep time is simply waiting for the dish to come out of the oven (and the rest was EASY)! Sure hope you will consider trying this amazing recipe for beef short ribs! We loved it – it was restaurant style quality, folks!

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Recipe source:  https://inquiringchef.com/braised-red-wine-beef-short-ribs-parmesan-polenta/

Beef Short Ribs With Parmesan Polenta
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 30 mins
 
Beef Short Ribs with Parmesan Polenta taste amazing! The tender meat, on creamy Parmesan polenta, drizzled with a pan sauce, is a perfect comfort food meal!
Category: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef short ribs
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 656 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Short Ribs:
  • 2 pounds Beef Short Ribs , 1 large or 2 small per person
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 3 ribs celery , chopped
  • 3 carrots , chopped or sliced
  • 1 small brown onion , chopped
  • 1/2 cup red wine , any variety
  • 4 cups beef stock , unsalted
  • 6 sprigs thyme
For Parmesan Polenta:
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup polenta (or cornmeal)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Season short ribs generously with salt and pepper on every side. Heat oil in large dutch oven on medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add ribs (cook in batches, if necessary); cook until browned on all sides (approx. 2-3 minutes per side). Remove ribs to a platter.

  2. Place Dutch oven back on the heat. Once pan is hot, add carrots, celery and onions. Sautè veggies, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes, scraping up any bits of browned beef bits left on bottom of pan (they will add flavor!). Pour in red wine; simmer 2-3 minutes. Add beef stock and sprigs of thyme. Place short ribs back into pan. Make sure ribs are mostly covered with liquid (add more beef stock or water, if necessary) to ensure only the tops of the ribs are left uncovered. Cover pot, place in preheated 325 degree oven, and bake for 2 1/2 - 3 hours.

  3. OPTIONAL STEP 1: This is optional, but one I definitely recommend. When done baking, transfer ribs (without liquid) to a sheet pan; Place sheet pan 5 inches under broiler and broil for 4-5 minutes to crisp up the outside.  Watch ribs closely to make sure they don't burn! When done, cover ribs with foil; keep warm.

  4. OPTIONAL STEP 2: ( I did this while ribs were in broiler). Make a slightly thick pan sauce using liquid from the dutch oven. Pour liquid and veggies from pan into a large strainer which is sitting on top of a bowl or pan (to catch the juice). Return liquid to the Dutch oven (reserving veggies). Cook on medium-low until liquid reduces (8-10 minutes). Once reduced, whisk 2 Tbsp. flour w/ hot water (1/4 cup) in separate container; whisk this into sauce while cooking, to thicken it a bit.

  5. Make polenta, by bringing water, milk and salt to a boil in a medium pan. While whisking, SLOWLY add the polenta or corn meal; continue whisking ingredients together and cooking for 2-3 minutes, until polenta begins to thicken. Reduce heat to simmer and cook until it becomes thick, but still creamy in texture. Add butter and grated Parmesan cheese; stir them in until melted and fully combined.

  6. To serve, spoon hot polenta into individual serving bowls, then place 1-2 short ribs and a few of the cooked veggies on top. Garnish with a couple spoonfuls of pan sauce, and a sprig of fresh thyme over ribs, then serve, and enjoy! 

Nutrition Facts
Beef Short Ribs With Parmesan Polenta
Amount Per Serving (1 large short rib + 1/2 cup polenta)
Calories 656 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Polyunsaturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 382mg17%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Sugar 4g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Grilled Patty Melt

Make a classic grilled patty melt from the comfort of home! Seasoned beef, rye bread, caramelized onions, and gooey cheese create a delicious grilled sandwich!Make classic grilled patty melts from the comfort of home! Seasoned beef, rye bread, caramelized onions, and gooey cheese create a delicious grilled sandwich!

 

 

 

Do you enjoy a good Patty Melt? I sure do – YUM!  Sometimes when we go out for hamburgers, I opt for a grilled patty melt, because I love the simplicity of this sandwich and I LOVE the taste! Did you know it’s EASY to make them from the comfort of your own home?

Seriously… I love grilled onions, I love cheese and I love burgers, so how could I not enjoy this simple classic grilled sandwich? A patty melt features all of those ingredients, and is a popular menu item at diners and Mom and Pop restaurants around the country!

Now, please note that I didn’t say they are the HEALTHIEST meal option, but I do believe life (including food choices) is all about balance.  Every now and then, a grilled patty melt with perfectly caramelized onions and gooey cheese on buttered rye bread makes me deliriously HAPPY.

I enjoyed eating this grilled patty melt. Every single bite… THEN I went for a 237 mile walk to work off the calories… Ha Ha!

How To Make A Grilled Patty Melt

Patty melts are easy to make.  They do take a little bit of prep time, because you need to caramelize and brown the sliced onions really well!

Onions are sliced thin, then cooked low and slow in a little butter for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you are a multi-tasker, you can grill the patties at the same time.

You can also prepare the onions for the patty melt ahead of time, if you want. This could save you time later on when everyone is ravenous and starving.

Sliced onions are cooked until browned for the patty melt.

Lightly season the ground beef with salt, pepper, a touch of garlic powder and some Worchestershire sauce, then shape the meat into patties.  I make the patties slightly oblong to fit better on a piece of Rye bread (the “traditional” bread used to make this sandwich).

Cooking The Beef For A Patty Melt

Patties are grilled on both sides on medium-high heat until they reach the desired doneness (I am a medium-well gal, myself). The meat was cooked on an indoor cast iron grill, but they are just as easily cooked on a BBQ grill.

Make sure the grill or pan you use is very hot before adding the meat. This helps to create a crusty “sear” on the outside.

Beef cooking on indoor cast iron grill for a patty melt.

Once ready to cook the sandwich, I spread butter on one side of each slice of bread (like making a grilled cheese sandwich).

The cooked meat patty was placed onto the non-buttered side, then piled high with caramelized onions.

Patty melt is piled high with cooked onion slices.

NOTE: If you want a LOT of cheese, place a piece of Swiss cheese on the bread before placing the patty on, then add another one to the top. I wanted just a small amount of cheese, so I put it only on top of the onions.

Swiss cheese slices are placed on top of onions on patty melt.

Place another slice of bread on top of the cheese (buttered side out).  If you wish to add Thousand Island dressing (a lot of restaurants serve it with this), spread it onto the unbuttered side of the top slice of bread.  Cook the patty melt as you would a grilled cheese sandwich.

Once the bottom slice of bread is golden brown and toasty, carefully flip the sandwich to the other side, and continue cooking until golden brown, cheese has melted, and sandwich is heated through.

Grilled Patty Melt is flipped over to cook other side of bread on grill until golden brown.

Once done, carefully slice the patty melt in half, and serve with additional Thousand Island dressing or ketchup for dunking!

And, if you want MORE calories (cough, cough), add some fries! French fries are VEGETABLES, right?

Grilled patty melt is cut in half on a plate.

That’s it! See how easy it is to make this classic sandwich?  Now you can make a delicious grilled patty melt  in the comfort of your own home!

The secret is getting the onions cooked just right, along with crispy rye bread, a well-seared beef patty, and ooey gooey melted cheese! This simple meal always make me happy!

I hope you will consider making these yummy sandwiches for lunch or dinner for friends or family! Have a fantastic day!

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Grilled Patty Melt
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Make a classic grilled patty melt from the comfort of home! Seasoned beef, rye bread, caramelized onions, and gooey cheese create a delicious grilled sandwich!
Category: Entree, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: patty melt
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 804 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 onions , peeled, sliced thin
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4-5 dashes Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 8 slices rye bread (can substitute sourdough)
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese (use more, if desired- can also substitute American cheese)
  • Thousand Island dressing (optional, if desired)
Instructions
  1. Trim ends off onions, peel, then slice thin. Melt 1 Tablespoon butter in skillet. Cook onions slices on medium heat for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. When done, the caramelized onions should be softened and light brown. Set aside.
  2. Season ground beef with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Worchestershire sauce. Mix well. Shape meat into 4 slightly oblong patties (to fit shape of rye bread). Grill beef patties on grill or in skillet on medium-high heat (spray skillet with non-stick spray or use melted butter) until cooked through to your preferred done-ness. Make sure the grill or pan you use is very hot before adding the meat. This helps to create a quick, crusty "sear" on the outside. When done, set beef patties on paper towel to drain excess grease.
  3. When ready to cook sandwich, spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place cooked meat patty onto the non-buttered side, then piled on the caramelized onions. Top with slice of Swiss cheese. NOTE: If you want a LOT of cheese, place a piece of Swiss cheese on the bread before placing the patty on, then add another slice to the top.
  4. Place a slice of buttered bread on top of the cheese (butter side out). If you wish to add Thousand Island dressing, spread it onto the unbuttered side of the top slice of bread. Cook patty melt on low heat as you would a grilled cheese sandwich. Once the bottom is golden brown and toasty, carefully flip the sandwich (with a spatula) to the other side, and continue cooking until golden brown, cheese has melted, and sandwich is heated through. Once done, carefully slice patty melt in half, and serve with additional Thousand Island dressing or ketchup for dunking! Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Patty Melt
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 804 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Cholesterol 169mg56%
Sodium 1222mg53%
Potassium 667mg19%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 495IU10%
Vitamin C 4.3mg5%
Calcium 311mg31%
Iron 5.4mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells, with seasoned beef, cheese and onion, are baked and topped with cheese, cilantro, tomatoes, and sour cream!Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells, with seasoned beef, cheese and onion, are baked and topped with cheese, cilantro, tomatoes, and sour cream!
Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells are a delicious twist on traditional stuffed pasta. Ground beef, cheese and onion filled pasta shells are baked in enchilada sauce, then topped with cheese, cilantro, tomatoes, and garnished with a dollop of sour cream, for a flavor-filled dinner!

Last Spring I made Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells and we really enjoyed them.  Now fast forward to about 4 months later when I started thinking about how much my husband and I absolutely LOVE Mexican food.

A light bulb went off in my head and I decided to experiment and make more stuffed shells, but this time create a recipe with a Mexican twist!  We really enjoyed them, so am sharing the details on the ol’ blog today.

So… How Do You Make Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells?

These Mexican stuffed pasta shells are really easy to prepare.  Start by cooking 1 pound of ground beef with sliced green onions in large skillet on medium heat.

Once meat is cooked, drain grease from pan (discard grease). Add one taco seasoning packet and cook according to seasoning package instructions.

When meat has been cooked and seasoned, transfer it to a large mixing bowl and let it cool down for 4-5 minutes.  3 Tablespoons enchilada sauce and grated cheddar and jack cheeses; stir to combine. Set aside.

Cooking ground beef and onions to stuff into pasta shells.

Grated cheeses are added to ground beef for the stuffed pasta shells.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook jumbo pasta shells according to package directions.  When pasta is done cooking, drain, then place shells in a single layer on wax paper or parchment paper.

Jumbo pasta shells are cooked before being stuffed with Mexican flavored filling.

Place several heaping spoonfuls of enchilada sauce on the bottom of a baking dish (enough to just barely cover the bottom of dish).

Fill the cooked pasta shells with the ground beef mixture, then place into baking dish in a single layer.

Seasoned meat is stuffed into cooked pasta shells.

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells are arranged in dish before baking.

Once all shells are filled and in the baking dish, spoon the rest of the enchilada sauce over the shells to cover.  Sprinkle with the remaining half of the cheddar and jack cheeses.

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells are covered with grated cheese before baking.

Bake The Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells

Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes total.  Remove the foil for the last 10 minutes of baking.  Sauce and cheese should be bubbly when done.  Remove dish from oven.

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells , right after removing them from oven.

Garnish And Serve The Stuffed Shells!

To serve, top with additional cheese, tomato, cilantro and green onions, for a great splash of color (and added flavor)!

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells are garnished with tomatoes, cilantro before serving.

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells are ready to serve and eat!

Place 2-3 shells onto each individual serving plate, and top each shell with a small dollop of sour cream. Serve… and enjoy!

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells are served with a dollop of sour cream on top!

Hope you will consider making these flavor-filled Mexican stuffed pasta shells for an upcoming meal.  I served them with a simple mixed green salad on the side, and they were quite filling.  Have a great day!

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Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells, with seasoned beef, cheese and onion, are baked and topped with cheese, cilantro, tomatoes, and sour cream!
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Mexican stuffed pasta shells
Servings: 6 servings (3 shells per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 445 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 green onions (sliced, use green stalk and white bulb)
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese , DIVIDED
  • 1/2 cup grated jack cheese , DIVIDED
  • 1 can (19 ounces) red enchilada sauce
  • Approx. 1/2 box jumbo pasta shells (I used 18 shells)
For Garnish (use as little or as much as you desire)
  • Chopped tomato, green onion, cilantro, grated cheddar, and sour cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place several large spoonfuls of enchilada sauce on the bottom of a baking dish (enough to just cover the bottom). Set aside.
  2. Cook ground beef with chopped green onions in large skillet on medium heat. When meat is cooked, drain and discard grease. Add taco seasoning packet and cook according to seasoning package instructions. Once meat has finished cooking, transfer it to a bowl, and let cool down for 4-5 minutes. Discard grease from pan. Add 3 Tablespoons enchilada sauce and HALF of the grated cheddar and jack cheeses to the meat; stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook jumbo pasta shells according to package directions. When pasta is done cooking, drain, then place shells in a single layer on wax paper or parchment paper. Fill cooked pasta shells with the ground beef mixture, then place into baking dish (on top of sauce) in a single layer.
  4. Once all shells are filled and in baking dish, spoon the rest of the enchilada sauce over shells to cover. Sprinkle with the remaining half of the cheddar and jack cheeses.
  5. Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes total. Remove foil for the last 10 minutes of baking. Sauce and cheese should be bubbly when done. Remove dish from oven.
  6. To serve, garnish with additional cheese, chopped tomato, chopped cilantro, and green onions, for a great splash of color and flavor! Place 2-3 shells onto each person's plate; top each shell with a small dollop of sour cream. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 445
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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