Grilled Steak over Black Beans with Chimichurri Sauce


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Grilled Steak over Black Beans with Chimichurri Sauce
Photo: © Melanie Acevedo


  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 cups drained and rinsed canned black beans (from two 15-ounce cans)

  • 1 cup canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock

  • 2/3 cup canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree

  • 1 7-ounce jar sliced pimentos, drained (2/3 cup)

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak, about 1 inch thick

  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

  • Chimichurri Sauce


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the beans, broth, tomatoes, pimentos, bay leaf, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaf.

  2. Light the grill or heat the broiler. Rub the steak with the remaining oil; sprinkle with the remaining salt and the pepper. Grill or broil for 4 minutes. Turn; cook to your taste, about 4 minutes longer for medium-rare. Cut into thin diagonal slices. Top the beans with the steak and sauce.

Suggested Pairing

This robust dish needs a rollicking red. Go for an all-American Napa, Sonoma, or Amador Zinfandel for spiciness and big fruit flavor.

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