Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr
Serves 4 (serving size: 3 ounces steak and 3/4 cup beans)

We love the flavor combo of Cowboy Flank Steak with Sweet and Smoky Beans for dinner. Molasses adds a caramel sweetness to the beans.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil; swirl to coat. Add onion and red bell pepper; sauté 4 minutes or until slightly tender. Stir in tomato puree and next 6 ingredients (through green chiles). Cover and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 2

Heat a grill pan over high heat. Combine paprika and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a small bowl; rub spice mixture evenly over steak. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steak to pan; grill 6 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices. Serve with beans.

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Ratings & Reviews

squirrelsmom's Review

October 30, 2013
I really liked this recipe, I got the meal cooked up and served in about 40 minutes, which is always a good thing. The whole family liked the flank steak, and I loved the smoky beans. I did make one mistake when I bought the canned chilies--I forgot to check if they were mild or hot and with the chili powder plus the hot chilies, it was almost too much. But if you like your beans spicy, this is a great way to go.

gcatkids's Review

March 31, 2014
This is a review of the sweet and smokey beans. Used small navy beans in place of pinto and tabasco chipotle pepper sauce in place of the chili powder since that was what I had on hand. Forgot the cinnamon altogether, added extra molasses and extra brown sugar and added the smoked paparika to the beans. I will make this again using less tomato sauce and without the green chilis. I may add a dash of liquid smoke just to see how that tastes. The recipe as I made it was slightly spicy but overall, a good recipe to dress up bland canned beans.

Kells80s's Review

November 06, 2013
My kids hated the steak and beans. I don't really care for beans much but the beans were a nice blend of sweet and spicy. The steak was pretty bland even with the rub and I didn't too much care for the flavor of oregano on the meat. I think it would have been better with a different seasoning blend.

steponme's Review

February 27, 2015
Delicious. As another reviewer did, I also marinated the steak for about an hour in refrigerator. Made the roasted broccoli, it was also good and accompanied the steak and beans well.

singchef's Review

August 04, 2014
I made the beans and steak rub on two different occasions. The steak rub was great, we really enjoyed our flank steak with it. The beans were pretty darn spicy. I've had them twice now, once by the recipe and once by usng a little more cinnamon (another 1/8 of a tsp) and added another 1/8 tsp. of chili powder, which was fun but not really necessary. I covered them with foil and baked them at 350 for 25 minutes, which I liked better than simmering in the pot. Next time I'll try them with a little more brown sugar or molasses, because I like my beans sweeter. But this is a great way to make a baked bean dish fast, and it's not all from a can!

daneanp's Review

May 06, 2014
So flavorful. I coated the steak with the spices and let it rest for about 45 minutes before grilling it. The beans were just the right spice for us - a little too spicy for our teen - but it was a great combination with the steak. We served it with steamed broccoli. Will definitely make this again as it is so quick and easy on a weeknight.

MarthaW's Review

December 22, 2014