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At Frontera Grill in Chicago Chef Rick Bayless serves this classic dish that combines grilled marinated steak, fried plantains, homemade black beans & fresh guacamole. The easy way - trim back the ingredients in the marinade and use canned black beans served with avocado slices. Food & Wine Magazine, July 2008 edition. The ancho-chile marinade can be made up to a week ahead. The cooked black beans can be refrigerated up to 2 days ahead or on the spur of the moment - open up cans of cooked black beans & rinse them real well! The marinade needs to season the rib-eye steaks overnight. When we made it we served the guacamole; a dollops of sour cream and fried ripe plantains. Delicioso :)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄3 cup dried ancho chile powder
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 3⁄4 cup water
- salt (only if needed)
- 6 (12 ounce) boneless rib-eye steaks, about 1 inch thick
- 1 (3 ounce) dried chorizo sausage, thinly sliced
- 1 large white onion, finely chopped
- 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans (drained well)
- avocados, slices for garnish or guacamole, for garnish
- sliced lime wedge (for avocado slices)
- In a small saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil.
- Add the garlic and cook over moderate heat until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add the chile powder, vinegar, 1 teaspoon of the oregano and 3/4 cup of water and cook over very low heat, whisking occasionally, until the marinade is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
- Season with salt.
- Transfer the marinade to a large baking dish and let cool completely.
- Add the steaks and turn to coat.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Light a grill. In a large saucepan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil.
- Add the chorizo and cook over moderate heat until crisp, about 4 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chorizo to a bowl; reserve it for another use.
- Add the onion to the saucepan along with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of oregano and cook until softened, about 6 minutes.
- Add the beans with their liquid and simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
- Season lightly with salt.
- Grill the rib eye steaks over moderately high heat, turning once, about 12 minutes for medium-rare meat.
- Serve the steaks with the black beans, avocado slices and lime wedges.
- *Spicy, peppery Côtes-du-Rhône Wine: 2006 Domaine d’Andézon.