We eat Mexican-ish foods in our house quite often. Mexican food just lends itself to easy, family friendly meals that everyone in our family likes. Things like tacos, taco salads, enchiladas, burritos.
But we ran into a problem a couple of years ago when we started suspecting one of my children was sensitive to certain types of foods. Not “sensitive” as in allergic, but “sensitive” as in “you act like a crazy man sometimes and we’re trying to figure out why” kind of sensitive. It was a LONG, really HARD effort to basically eliminate lots of stuff from his diet and then re-introduce them one by one to see if that food made a difference in behavior.
During that time in our lives, we didn’t get to eat out. If it wasn’t made in our house with our ingredients, my son couldn’t eat it. It would invalidate ALL the hard work we were doing as then we couldn’t deduce what might be causing certain behaviors.
BUT, there were a couple of places that we could eat out at — Panera and Chipotle. They are restaurants that our family likes anyway, but they’re a bit on the pricey side. And we still wanted to minimize the eating out anyway. So this recipe was born from a desire to still eat Burrito Bowls like we get at Chipotle, but be able to do it at home.
Now please don’t read that and think this will taste exactly like Chiptole. It won’t. At all. I don’t use chipotle peppers in my marinade. There is no heat to these Steak Bites. That’s what makes them work for my family. We like to serve them on top of rice, cheese, and tomatoes. A couple of them add salsa and sour cream, but some of them don’t. When I make them, I’ll just lay out the ingredients and the kids will make their own. (Well, kind of – most of them just tell me what they want in their bowls. They’re still young!)
My husband likes these too, cause – STEAK! And I like them, not only for the taste, but also for the fact that it’s an economical way to eat steak. Try it – you’ll like it!
- 1-3 pounds steak, cut into bite size pieces
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 Tablespoon dry mustard
- Mix marinade ingredients together in a bowl or a Ziplock bag. Add steak bites. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
- When ready to bake, place steak bites onto a cookie sheet or baking pan. Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes until as done as you like.
Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to four little boys. She tries to coupon, builds a smart stockpile, and always meal plans. While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better – she never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.