I didn't mean for this post to be about snail mail at all, but this recipe always reminds me of the good old days when we used to receive snail mail on a regular basis. When we lived in the States, Hubby called his mom and dad about once a month. And about once a week, he'd write a letter back home to send pictures of us and the kiddies. A couple times a month, we'd get a letter back from them.
I remember one letter in particular, because it included a note and a recipe for Tomato-Mushroom Beef from my eldest sister-in-law, whom I had never met in person. In the note, she wrote about how she had just made a super tasty guisado (dish) for everyone that was so good, she was sending me the recipe so I could make it for her little brother. It was because of that recipe I learned that the Spanish word for mushrooms is champiñones. Up until then I had only used (and heard) the word "hongos".
I surprised Hubby with the Tomato-Mushroom Beef the very next day. It's been a good 15 years since I first made this recipe and it's been an old family favorite ever since. It's one of my go-to dishes that I turn to on those really busy days, when I only have about 30 minutes to get lunch on the table. It's hearty, saucy, and oh-so-easy to put together. And it's got bacon!
Tomato Mushroom Beef
- 6 oz. bacon, sliced
- 2 lbs. thin cut steak, cut in strips
- 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
- 2 small (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Transfer the bacon pieces to a paper towel lined plate; reserve the bacon grease in the skillet.
Season the beef strips with salt and ground black pepper. Add the beef strips to the large skillet with the bacon grease; cover and let and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the meat is no longer pink.
Add the bacon and mushrooms to the beef and let cook for about 5 minutes.
Stir in the tomato sauce. Reduce heat to low; cover and let simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the beef strips are tender. Serve atop Sopa de Arroz Blanco (White Rice). Enjoy!!!