Last night, Em and I had a very fun night! We went to a film fest that Jeffrey's thesis film is in. It was only a sneak peak of the films in it so his wasn't shown, but it was at the Vista Theater which is walking distance from our house and they had food and drinks afterward. Lets be honest, the best part of the night was the Grilled Cheese Truck! YES! I have been wanting to experience this truck for almost 2 years. It was at the after party and we were sooo excited! I had their signature melt which has sharp cheddar, mac and cheese and BBQ pulled pork inside...amazing! I am so happy because I could only eat half and will be eating the other half for dinner, counting down the minutes, haha. Next time my family comes to visit we will have to track down this truck, it is defiantly an LA experience worth going to.
This looks like a Texas meal if I ever saw one! I think next time I make it I will turn it into steak tacos...that sounds divine! Try it either way. You will love the homemade picante believe me you won't be saying "New York City?!" haha, I don't know if that joke even makes sense, but I thought about that commercial when I made this meal.
Homemade Picante over Steak
1/2 white onion
1 green bell pepper
1-2 chipotle peppers in adobe sauce (I buy a can of these and freeze the left overs because you always only need 1-2 in a recipe, no sense in throwing away a whole can for each meal!)
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 beef steak tomatoes, diced and seeded
1 Tbsp chipotle hot pepper sauce (you could probably use Franks or Louisiana if you don't want to buy this)
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
2 Tbsp cilantro
1 tsp liquid smoke (yeah baby! love this stuff)
2 tsp steak seasoning (I used a chipotle seasoning mix I had)
Optional: corn chips
these were forgotten in the above picture.
Dice your onion, bell pepper and jalepeno. Mince your chipotle pepper.
In a cast iron skillet (or a regular one) heat the oil and saute the peppers, onion and chipolte pepper until tender.
Chop your tomato, and measure out the chipotle hot sauce, sugar, salt, chili pepper and cumin.
Onions and peppers are nice a tender....
now throw in your tomatoes and seasonings.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes, stir frequently.
Season your steaks with salt, pepper and steak seasoning. I always let my steaks come to room temp before cooking.
After picante has cooked for 20 mins, add liquid smoke and chopped cilantro.
Remove and place in a bowl.
Use same skillet to cook steaks for 4 minutes on each side. You may need to add a little oil to the pan first.
Remove and serve picante over steaks, with some chips on the side to scoop up the extras. I also made my Truffle Roasted Potatoes. I realize those two don't go together, but who cares? I was giving my taste buds an adventure!