Meal Kit

Beef Empanada Rice Bowl

with jalapeño chimichurri and crispy tortilla strips

Prep & Cook Time: 25-35 min.

Cook Within: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Spice Level: Mild

Contains: Milk

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You are a rice bowl connoisseur. You know your jasmine from your basmati, your various toppings, and you think you've seen them all. Well, no, you haven't. We don't mean to burst your rice bowl bubble by saying so, but this empanada rice bowl is brand spanking new. Let this filter through your expert mind: Beef, browned in seasonings and tomato sauce, crunchy tortilla strips, and a fiery good jalapeño chimichurri topping the fluffiest jasmine this side of the Pacific. Connoisseur, shmonnisseur.

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • ¾ cup Jasmine Rice
  • ½ oz. Cilantro
  • 1 Jalapeño Pepper
  • 1 Lime
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Small Corn Tortillas
  • 10 oz. Ground Beef
  • 1 Tbsp. Chile and Cumin Rub
  • 8 fl. oz. Tomato Sauce
  • Info
    2 oz. Shredded Oaxacan Cheese

Due to our just-in-time sourcing model, we may have to send you a substitute ingredient. Not to worry! We make sure every ingredient sent to you meets our high quality standards. We’ll keep you informed should a switch occur, so please check the ingredient labels in your meal bag.

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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Small Pot
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Medium Non-Stick Pan

Before You Cook

Cooking Guidelines

To ensure food safety, the FDA recommends the following as minimum internal cooking temperatures:

  • Steak and Pork 145° F (rest cooked meat, 3 minutes) |
  • Seafood 145° F |
  • Chicken 165° F |
  • Ground Beef 160° F |
  • Ground Turkey 165° F |
  • Ground Pork 160° F

Customize It Instructions

  • If using ground turkey, follow same instructions as ground beef in Steps 3 and 4, breaking up meat until no pink remains and turkey reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, 7-9 minutes.

  • If using 20 oz. ground beef, follow same instructions, seasoning with ¼ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper and working in batches if necessary.

  1. 1

    Cook the Rice

    Bring a small pot with rice and 11/2 cups water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until tender, 18-20 minutes.

    Stir 1 Tbsp. chimichurri (made while rice cooks; reserve remaining for garnish) into cooked rice. Cover again and set aside.

    While rice cooks, prepare ingredients.

  2. 2

    Prepare Ingredients and Make Chimichurri

    Mince cilantro (no need to stem).

    Stem jalapeño, halve, remove seeds and ribs, and mince. Retain seeds for more spice. Wash hands and cutting board after working with jalapeño.

    Halve lime and juice.

    Mince garlic.

    Halve tortillas, then slice into thin strips.

    In a mixing bowl, combine cilantro, jalapeño (use less if spice-averse), 2 tsp. lime juice, garlic, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. water, 1/4 tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper. Set aside.

  3. 3

    Crisp Tortilla Strips and Brown Meat

    Line a plate with a paper towel.

    Place a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 1 tsp. olive oil. Add tortilla strips and stir occasionally until crispy, 5-7 minutes.

    Remove tortilla strips to towel-lined plate. Keep pan over medium-high heat.

    Add ground beef to hot pan. Stir occasionally, breaking into small pieces, until browned and beef reaches a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees, 6-8 minutes.

  4. 4

    Finish the Beef Mixture

    Add tomato sauce and seasoning rub to pan and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer.

    Once simmering, stir occasionally until thickened, 3-5 minutes.

    Remove from burner.

  5. 5

    Finish the Dish

    Plate dish as pictured on front of card, topping rice with beef mixture, and garnishing with cheese, remaining chimichurri, and tortilla strips. Bon appétit!

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