How can something as simple as rice, beans and beef be so flavorful? There's a culinary reason behind it, but we say, just make it and enjoy!
What You Need
Original recipe yields 6 servings
8 stalks celery, chopped (about 2 cups)
6 medium carrots, chopped (about 2 cups)
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing, divided
1 beef flank or skirt steak (1-1/2 lb.)
2 cups water
1 bay leaf
1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
2 cups cooked dried black beans
2 cups hot cooked rice
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
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Let's Make It
Cook celery, carrots and onions in 1/4 cup of the dressing in covered Dutch oven or large saucepan on medium heat 5 min. or until onions are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove vegetables from pan with slotted spoon, reserving any cooking liquid in pan. Set vegetables aside.
Stir remaining 1/4 cup dressing into liquid in pan. Add meat; cook, uncovered, until browned on both sides, turning halfway through the cooking time. Return vegetables to pan. Add water and bay leaf; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover. Simmer 2 hours or until meat is tender.
Remove meat from pan; place in shallow pan. Shred meat with 2 forks; cover to keep warm. Strain the cooking liquid; discard vegetables. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid; set aside. Discard any remaining cooking liquid.
Add tomatoes and garlic to pan; cook on medium-high heat 10 min., stirring occasionally. Add the shredded meat and 1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid. Cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. To serve, spoon meat onto center of large platter; surround with the beans and rice. Sprinkle with the cilantro.
This national dish of Venezuela can be served with fried bananas or plantains, or even topped with fried eggs, depending on the region of the country.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 3.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 35g
Dietary Fibers 7g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Makes 6 servings.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.