Pasta Ranchera

Pasta Ranchera

Pasta Ranchera

My boyfriend wiped his bowl clean with a tortilla and commented that this was ‘Mexican Fusion’. Laughing, I informed him that it was really just made out of whatever I had lying around the house. Sometimes those become my very best recipes. Lemme tell ya, this turned out so great, I took an after-the-fact photo and I’m posting the recipe even without the other pictures.

So without further ado, here’s how to whip this one up:

Pasta Ranchera

  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, sliced and chopped
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb skirt steak, flat meat, carne asada meat or other very thinly sliced steak – don’t buy it chopped up
  • 5-6 mushrooms chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1/2 bell pepper chopped
  • 1 jalapeño chopped
  • 3 tomatoes chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 4 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 lb pasta of your choice
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cotija cheese grated

Heat the olive oil and toss in the chopped garlic. Salt & pepper both sides of the meat and sear it on all sides quickly. Remove from the heat immediately and set aside. Turn heat off. Chop all your veggies and toss them into the skillet (heat off) except for the tomatoes. Slice the meat into long 1″ strips going with the grain. Then slice it against the grain at 1/2″-1″ apart. Put the meat in with the veggies and the Worcestershire sauce. Cover and simmer over low heat. Now you can slice your tomatoes.

When meat is almost cooked, add the tomatoes and simmer for another couple minutes. Then add the chili powder, lime juice and cumin. Stir the sour cream into the sauce and simmer for another minute or so.

Scoop over the pasta into bowls and then grate a little cotija cheese over the top. Let set for a minute or two while you finish setting the table so the sauce can thicken. Dig in!

I recommend margaritas to go with it!

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One response to “Pasta Ranchera

  1. Hi :),

    We would like to feature your pasta ranchera recipe on our blog and possibly our digital-recipe reader, too.

    Please email if interested. Thanks 🙂


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