Chili Garlic Beef Stir Fry with Coconut Jasmine Rice.
I made you dinner.
It’s good. I promise. I swear on my teddy bear.
I figured that I should probably stop talking about brussels sprouts by now since I haven’t be able to, you know, shut the heck up about them. I decided to go with peppers and onions instead.
Okay not really. But I made this meal and we LOVED IT. Like loved it loved it. It was a nice change of pace. Occasionally we get in the beef rut of only meatballs, burgers, flank steak or fillets and this was a welcome change.
It was perfectly fitting for an omg-what-am-I-doing-with-my-life meltdown kind of night. I know you know those nights. Please tell me you do.
Apparently I’m having a thing for chili garlic flavors recently. It’s kind of odd because I don’t totally love spicy foods – I find that when things are too spicy, I just don’t taste anything. But! I do love a teensy tiny bit of heat with some garlic and brown sugar. It’s like holy flavor bomb. Explosion. It even makes me want to eat the vegetables that go along with the beef.
And we know how huge that is.
Blah blah look at me I hate vegetables! Yeah yeah.
If you’re feeling frisky, you could also add some crushed peanuts or cashews to this mess. I made it again this week and threw some cashews on top… yes yes. Just yes. The crunch was awesome and the flavor fit perfectly.
They key to cooking this beef is to use super high heat. Sear it quickly and toss it out of the skillet. It really only takes minutes. In fact, the entire recipe should take you under 30 minutes (aside from the downtime of the rice cooking and the beef marinating) and that’s how I like to do things in the kitchen.
It’s a little spicy and sweet and paired with the coconut rice (oh shush, if you’re a coconut hater just make regular jasmine rice)… it’s oh so refreshing.
Filling but light. Does that make sense?
Probably not. BUT IT’S AWESOME.
Chili Garlic Beef Stir Fry with Coconut Jasmine Rice
chili garlic beef
- 1 1/2 pounds thinly sliced beef, I find mine at whole foods, labeled “stir fry beef”
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, diced
- 2 teaspoons adobo sauce from the can of chipotles in adobo
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 sweet onion, sliced
coconut jasmine rice
- 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice, I use brown jasmine rice from Trader Joes
- 1 1/2 cups light canned coconut milk
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons finely shredded, unsweetened coconut
chili garlic beef
- At least 2 hours before, season the beef with salt and pepper. Whisk together the oil, sugar, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce and garlic cloves in a bowl. Add the beef to a baking dish or ziplock bag and pour the marinade ingredients overtop. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or even overnight.
- When you’re ready to cook the beef, heat a large skillet or wok over high heat. (as a note, I do not add the marinade to the skillet – I remove the beef with kitchen tongs and whatever marinade is on the beef comes along. The rest is discarded.) Add the coconut oil and once melted, add the beef in 2 or 3 batches. You don’t want to crowd the beef and you only want to cook it for a few minutes so it stays tender. Sear the beef for 1 to 2 minutes, then flip and sear the other side. Remove the beef and place in a bowl – and repeat with remaining beef.
- Once all of the beef is in the bowl, reduce the heat to medium-high. Add in the peppers and onions and stir well to coat, scraping any bits off the bottom. Cook until the vegetables just start to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add the beef back to the skillet and toss. Cover and let sit over warm heat for 5 to 10 minutes so the flavors can marry a bit. Serve immediately with the coconut jasmine rice.
coconut jasmine rice
- Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat and add rice, coconut milk, coconut water and salt. Stir, then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and let cook for about 30 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork, then stir in coconut oil. Stir in the shredded coconut and serve. (My favorite jasmine rice is the brown jasmine rice from Trader Joe’s – all brands may have different cook times. Adjust the liquid and cook time according to your directions.)
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97 Comments on “Chili Garlic Beef Stir Fry with Coconut Jasmine Rice.”
This sounds so good!!
I would give anything for a steaming bowl of coconut jasmine rice right now! Delish!
That is some really soul warming dinner right there girl!
That steam shot! Perfection. This looks like the kind of meal I need to add to my weeknight rotation–we are getting ridiculous lazy and eating the same things over and over again. I wanna hear more about this meltdown though!
Mm yes! Between you and Jenna (Eat Live Run, I’ve got lots of new beef ideas. I was just commenting on her blog saying that I reintroduced beef into my diet after over 10 years without (low iron issues –> such a pain!!), and tend to make the same dish over and over with my steaks. This one will be next!
Love homemade Asian food!! This sounds so fab, and easy, too! :)
What am I doing with my life nights? Yeah….I have those all the time. I’m a Music Production major. Really now? This looks so good though! I’ll have to try the coconut rice for sure. Never heard of doing something like that!
Omg YES. On next week’s menu! I love stir fry in all shapes and sizes and I absolutely ADORE coconut jasmine rice. You have the key to my heart. <3
The beef looks fantastic but I love the idea of coconut jasmine rice! mmmm!
This looks amazing!! That coconut rice is genius!
I need this. For breakfast. Right now!
mmm… the only thing better than home made Chinese food is having home made Chinese food left overs in the fridge! You develop recipes that are really a craving crushers!
The photo of rice steaming in the bowl just made my morning :)
Yum! That photo of the steamy rice is incredible, Jessica”
I LOVE the picture of the steaming rice! Such a great shot! This recipes also looks a-ma-zing!!
And now I know what to do with that lone can of coconut milk in my pantry! Thank you!
This looks amazing by the way. :-)
So simple, so delicious – the perfect combination!
This looks so good. I love a stir-fry. Perfect weeknight meal.
Um, yes, I would like this for dinner tonight. Or immediately. :)
Hey there, just have to say I love your blog. I am a daily reader and use your recipes all the time. You’re just fabulous.
thank you ashley!!
We love chinese food, very healthy!
Oh, holy yes. I need this for dinner!
I don’t have beef or peppers, but I do have brown jasmine rice, chicken, and green beans…so I am totally going to make something with those things and this sauce situation TONIGHT! Thanks for figuring out dinner for me before 10am!
Oh so yummy, I love stir fry. This looks beautiful.
That’s lovely! I like beef , will keep it bookmarked.
This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it :)
This looks so good! Will definitely be making soon!
“It was perfectly fitting for an omg-what-am-I-doing-with-my-life meltdown kind of night. I know you know those nights. Please tell me you do.” <– holy shit! were you outside my window watching me cry the last three nights away??
Looks and sounds JUST right! With cashews of course.
This looks great! Love that photo of the rice!
Thoughts on this in Fajita form? I feel like this beef/veggie flavour combo could also be pretty tex-mexcellent (see what I did there?!)
and yes! for sure. i actually used the same marinade/peppers for chicken earlier this week and we made fajitas.
This looks & sounds so good! I love the pop of color from the peppers — so pretty!
Does the brown jasmine rice get sticky like white jasmine rice?
i find that the trader joe’s brand does for me and it’s pretty much identical to white jasmine rice. however, i’ve tried some other brands from my grocery store that haven’t been quite the same.
Oh my. I think I would gobble it up in seconds. This looks SO good!
This looks so great! My kind of dinner!
Yum! This looks and sounds incredibly flavorful, I am dying to get a taste of that beef!
No joke, this looks like the perfect meal. Red peppers, big chunks of onion… I’m making this asap
I was looking for something to make tonight and this is it! Can’t wait to try it :-)
This is definitely going to be a winner with my fiance, looks amazing!
UMMM Yum!!!! I’d love it if you shared this on my link party http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/2014/02/worthwhile-wednesdays-6.html
This looks um, DELICIOUS. And a meltdown meal! How well timed. Exactly what I need this week.
I can almost taste it now. You can read minds, I was just thinking something spicy like thai food would be good for dinner but i didn’t want to get take-out. Thank you!
I really don’t even eat much meat, especially red meat, but I think I could be down for this. Looks so good. You’re photography never fails to capture the beauty! :) Ha I’m a nerd.
I so wish you had literally made this for me for dinner tonight. Love that shot of the steam coming off the rice too.
This looks incredible! Simple and healthy.
Using beef high in omega 3’s could make this even more healthy and delicious!
Don’t worry, had one of those ‘what am I doing with my life’ days this week. We all know where you’re coming from.
And luckily, when you have one of those days you can retreat back into a steamy pile of coconut rice and some beef stir fry :)
This looks delicious Jessica! I’m from Australia and am having a hard time tracking down adobo sauce… do you have any other suggestions? I really want to make this!
i think you could use any other type of hot sauce, maybe sriracha even?
Perfect! We just bought some of that the other day. Will def give it a try!
hmm, looks delicious! love a good stir-fry :)
holy yum. stir frys are becoming my favorite way to eat veggies too…they are nicely hidden!
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It’s 7:30 in the morning and I want this stir fry right this minute. It looks and sounds phenomenal!