Southwestern Beef in Parchment



Serving size

4 ounces beef with beans and veggies
45 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied but does not make very good leftovers. This recipe also requires 2 30″x12″ sheets of parchment or foil.

Southwestern Beef in Parchment


2 tsp.. Unsalted butter
1 clove Garlic, raw (minced)
2 medium (4-1/8 inch long) Green onions (thinly sliced crosswise)
3 Tbsp. Coriander (cilantro) leaves, raw (minced)
4 Tbsp. Olive oil
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 to taste Black pepper
1/2 tsp. Chili powder
1/4 tsp.. Ground cumin
8 ounces Beef tenderloin (or tender stew meat)(cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
1 15 ounce can Canned no salt added black beans (drained and rinsed)
1/2 medium Red bell peppers (julienned)
1/2 medium Yellow bell peppers (julienned)
4 Tbsp. Beer (or gluten-free beer)


Cream together the butter, garlic, shallot and cilantro until well blended.

Add the olive oil, lime juice salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin and blend well.

Fold the beef into the butter until it is well coated. Refrigerate.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Fold the parchment (or foil) so that it is almost a square (15 inches x 12 inches). Starting at one end of the folded edge, cut a half of a heart shape in such a way that when the parchment is opened it is in the shape of a heart.

Place half of the beans on each parchment paper.

Scatter the peppers across the top of the beans.

Place half of the beef on top of each serving of the beans and peppers. Use a rubber spatula to get all of the butter out of the bowl and on top of the beef.

Pour 2 tablespoons of the beer over the top of each of the servings of beef.

Close the parchment by rolling the edge inward starting at the point of the heart and working around to the base of the heart. The pouch with the meat inside will be in the shape of a large half circle.

Place the pouches on a cookie sheet and then into the oven. Reduce the heat to 375°F and cook for 25 minutes. Serve.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free beer in this dish.


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

The best part about cooking in parchment (or foil) is that it is not chaotic. It’s pretty simple, but it’s very structured: add some starch, protein, veggies and a bit of liquid to a pouch, put it in the oven, and 20 minutes or so later you have kitchen magic.

"No chaos, no creation. Evidence: the kitchen at mealtime."

Mason Cooley