Southwestern Steak Tips With Refried Beans

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“America's Test Kitchen”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 lbs sirloin steaks, tips trimmed and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon dried chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 12 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
  • 5 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans refried beans


  1. Pat steak tips dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in 12-inch skillet over med-high heat until just smoking.
  3. Add steak tips and cook until well browned all over, 6-8 minutes.
  4. Transfer to serving platter and tent loosely with foil.
  5. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, onion, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to now-empty skillet.
  6. Decrease heat to medium and cook until onion softens, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add chile powder and cumin and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  8. Add tomatoes and water and cook until sauce has almost thickened, about 5 minutes.
  9. Return steak tips and any accumulated juices to skillet.
  10. Stir in 1 tablespoon lime and 2 tablespoons cilantro and simmer until sauce is thickened, about 1 minute.
  11. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Meanwhile, combine refried beans, remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice, and remaining 3 tablespoons cilantro in bowl.
  13. Cover and microwave until warmed through, about 4 minutes.
  14. Serve with steak tips and lime wedges.
  15. *Can serve in warmed tortillas.

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a