Cooking with beef: Beef steak and black bean soft tacos

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Total recipe time: 25 to 30 minutes
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  1. 1 pound beef bottom round steaks, cut 1/4 inch thick
  2. 1 cup salsa, divided
  3. 2 teaspoons chili powder
  4. 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided
  5. 1 can (15 ounces) reduced sodium black beans, rinsed, drained, divided
  6. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  7. 8 small corn or flour tortillas (5 to 6-inch diameter), warmed
    Toppings:
  1. Thinly sliced lettuce, sliced avocado, chopped tomato, salsa, crumbled queso fresco and cilantro leaves (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine 1/2 cup salsa, chili powder and 1 teaspoon cumin. Place beef steaks and marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight, turning occasionally.
  2. Combine 1 cup beans, remaining 1/2 cup salsa and 1/2 teaspoon cumin in medium microwave-safe bowl. Mash with fork into chunky paste. Cover and microwave on HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until hot, stirring once. Keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1-1/2 teaspoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Remove steaks from marinade; discard marinade. Cooking in batches, place steaks in skillet (do not overcrowd) and cook 2 to 3 minutes for medium rare (145°F) doneness, turning once. (Do not overcook.) Remove steaks from skillet; keep warm. Repeat with remaining steaks and oil.
  4. Spread bean mixture evenly on tortillas. Cut steaks into 4 pieces each and divide evenly among tortillas. Top beef with remaining beans and Toppings, as desired. Fold tortillas in half to serve.


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