beef its whats for dinner

I've mentioned before that I was a vegetarian for 13 years. I didn't even have my first bite of beef until a year and a half ago, so I know how daunting it can be to figure out how to cook steak. The first time I brought home a slab of beef, I contemplated it intently for 20 minutes before shoving it under the broiler and saying a prayer to the food gods. My Hail Mary didn't exactly work, and the dish was edible but bland and overcooked.

smart & final beef

Yesterday I went to a Cattleman's Finest #GrillUpYourSummer event at Smart & Final where there was a demonstration of how to prepare one of the easiest beef dishes I've ever seen. I'd highly recommend this Cattleman's Finest Flap Steak Quesadilla to new cooks as their first beef dish. It requires just one skillet, seven common ingredients, and only about fifteen minutes total.

Cattleman's Finest Flap Steak Quesadilla

beef dinner ingredients

Large flour tortillas
One red or green bell pepper, cut into strips
A handful of Cattleman's Finest Flap Steak, cut into strips
Half of one red onion, cut into thick slices
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
Olive oil

beef dinner

Toss the steak, onion and peppers with about a tablespoon each of salt and olive oil, and cook in the skillet on medium until steak is no longer pink (about ten minutes).

beef quesadilla

Remove the beef and vegetables from the skillet and set aside in a bowl. Wipe the skillet and place tortilla in the skillet with the cheese on one half of the tortilla. Cook on medium until cheese begins to melt, about a minute.

beef quesadilla dinner

Place the beef and vegetables in the quesadilla on top of the cheese and fold the empty half of the tortilla in on itself. Flip the quesadilla and cook for about another minute, until cheese is completely melted.

beef quesadillas

Slice and serve plain or with sour cream and salsa.

Smart & Final event

If your local Smart & Final ever hosts events like this, you should definitely go! Radio station KFWB was there giving out beef prize packs (including a “Beef: It's What's For Dinner” apron, thermometer and spice packet and $50 gift cards for Albertsons). I've found that the Smart & Final Extra stores host events like this pretty often. I wish my nearest Smart & Final was an “Extra” store. I love the expanded produce section and the huge variety they have.

cattleman's finest beef

Whatever type of Smart & Final store you have, they make it easy for new cooks to break into the world of beef. Cattleman's Finest has many different cuts of beef for different types of dishes. I particularly enjoy cooking with flap steak because it's pretty inexpensive and cooks up quickly, so you can whip it up at the last minute for quesadillas, salads, tacos or burritos. It's a good “starter steak” to learn to cook with.

Once you've mastered steak quesadillas, go check out my recipe for steak fajitas with creamy chipotle sauce. Smart & Final is having a summer recipe contest called Grill Up Your Summer, which is a great resource for some other awesome ways to cook steak. Vote for your favorite recipe at, and you'll be entered to win a $50 Smart & Final gift card and a Weber 220 grill!

This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #collectivebias. All opinions are my own.