Mexican steak with homemade refried beans

Mexican steak with homemade refried beans

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 2
All the flavours of a good beef chilli con carne in a fraction of the time, cook it in a frying pan or on the bbq

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze beans only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal794
  • fat44g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre16g
  • protein49g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 2 small sirloin or rump steaks, or 1 big
  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 1 tsp chipotle paste (we used Discovery)
  • about 2 whole roasted red pepper from a jar, quartered
  • 1 small ripe avocado, stoned and chunkily diced



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • few coriander sprigs, leaves picked
  • few dollops soured cream

For the beans

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp hot paprika, plus a pinch extra (optional)



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsp each chipotle paste, brown sugar and wine vinegar (red or white)
  • 400g can black bean, drained and rinsed
  • 400g can pinto or kidney bean, drained and rinsed
    Kidney beans scattered on a white surface

    Kidney beans

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    Native to the Americas, kidney beans are so called because of their shape and come in very…


  1. Put the steaks on a plate and rub them all over with the oil, chipotle paste and ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper. Leave at room temperature while you start the beans.

  2. For the beans, soften the onion in the oil in a frying pan. Once softened, stir in the spices for 2 mins, followed by the tomato purée, chipotle, sugar and vinegar. Tip in all the beans with 1 tsp salt, some pepper and half a can of water. Bubble gently until the water is almost evaporated.

  3. Heat a griddle or non-stick frying pan (or a barbecue). Season the steaks with salt. Fry, with the peppers alongside, for about 2 mins on each side, until the steaks are cooked to your liking and the peppers are charred. Lift the steaks onto a clean plate to rest for a few mins while you mash two-thirds of the beans. Stir in the whole beans and check the seasoning.

  4. Slice the steaks. Spread a good pile of beans onto 2 plates, and top with sliced steak and peppers. Add the avocado, a big squeeze of lime juice, some coriander leaves, a good dollop of soured cream and a pinch more paprika, if you like.

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25th Jan, 2020
I swapped out the steak for chicken. The beans were delicious!! The beans were enough for three people though. I used chipotle sauce I found in Waitrose. My partner said the beans were better than his refried bean recipe which is really saying a lot from him! I served with rice but might do it with toasted tortillas or corn salsa next time. It was a treat and very healthy. Definitely doing again.
4th Mar, 2018
I only made the refried beans from this recipe as I was making homemade nachos. They are so delicious! I accidentally bought borlotti beans instead of kidney they worked perfectly. I will definitely be making these again and again. So tasty!
2nd Mar, 2018
Can you freeze the refried beans please?
17th Feb, 2017
10th Jan, 2017
Haven't done the beef, but the refried beans recipe is really good. I have it with burgers (home made of course!) and it works very well.
4th Nov, 2015
The taste is good but the amount ?! Two servings? Enough for 4. After Mexico, the US, UK Canada and Australia are the most obese in the world.
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20th Feb, 2014
Absolutely delicious! Made it for my wife and she was highly complimentary. Easy to make and the results are fantastic.
5th Feb, 2014
Fantastic Recipe, easy to follow..!! I used authentic Mexican ingredients imported from México for that Authenticity.. I used La Costena Refried Pinto Beans and Turtle Black Beans.. All From Absolutely Loved it..!!
25th Sep, 2013
my tongue caught on fire while eating this..... and i still haven't recovered
24th Jun, 2013
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30th Nov, 2013
Any leftover bean mixture is just delicious in granary bread with avocado and salad for lunch the next day.
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