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Tex Mex Beef with Canned Beef

Tex Mex Beef with Canned Beef

Hello Cultural Center community! Do you struggle with trying to figure out what to do with some ingredients you receive from the the Center? I struggle with this, particularly when I received canned beef. I thought "what am I supposed to do with this?!" So I started doing some research and couldn't find any recipes online using canned beef. I decided to just jump right in and figure out what to do with it AND make sure it is tasty. One of my favorite style dishes is anything with Tex-Mex seasoning. With those seasonings in place, I feel there is a lot that you can do with ingredients within the dish.


So let's jump in with how to get the canned beef ready to use. Between you and me, I opened the can and was not a fan at first. There was a layer of gel at the top, and a thick layer of fat at the bottom. In order to cut out some of the fat, I removed the layer of fat from the bottom and rinsed the gel off the beef. After rinsing it, I allowed the beef to drain for a few minutes to make sure that all the water was gone.


After preparing the beef, I started adding in ingredients. I wanted this recipe to be a quick recipe so I opted to use almost entirely canned products. Benefits - its super fast to just crack the cans, drain, and dump. Drawbacks - sodium, sodium, and did I mention sodium? In order to cut the sodium a bit, I drained the canned items and rinsed them. For this recipe I decided to add black beans, corn, and diced tomatoes to the beef along with a packet of Taco Seasoning.


I used these ingredients because 1) I had them on hand and 2) because they were almost all ingredients I received from the Cuba Cultural Center. But this recipe is totally modifiable! If I wanted to invest just a more time, I could use fresh ingredients. Fresh tomatoes could replace canned tomatoes, fresh sweet corn could replace the canned items. I could add fresh herbs rather than the packet.


Another way to modify the recipe in a number of ways is how you serve it. In the video I show it served over chips or in a tortilla. Instead of in a tortilla, you could serve this over rice or eat it straight up. If you wanted to cut out some carbs, you could serve it over lettuce. You could serve the beef with fresh veggies like cucumbers, avocado, onions, corn, tomatoes. You could also add in some dairy to the recipe with sour cream and cheese. Oh, I'm a sucker for cheese.



Tex Mex Beef Recipe

Here is the recipe you scrolled through the post for!


  • 1/2 of can Canned Beef, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn (preferably low/no sodium)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (low/no sodium AND with or without chilies)
  • 1 can beans (black beans or any other variety)
  • 1 Taco Seasoning Packet (preferably low/no sodium)
  • Water
  • Optional: tortillas, chips, rice, cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, taco sauce; fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, green onions, cucumbers, avocado, sweet corn, and the list goes on

Directions: Start by opening, draining, and rinsing the canned beef. After the beef has been rinsed, drain and rinse any other canned items you are using - this will cut down on the sodium AND will take away some of the canned taste. Then dump all canned items into the pan, sprinkle seasoning packet over the pan, and add water. Put pan on medium heat for about 10 minutes. And SERVE however you'd like!


Note: If you do not have a working stove top or want to cut down on time, put ingredients in a microwave safe container and microwave in 1 minute increments until it reaches a safe temperature.