Niños envueltos (pronounced ni-nios en-vu-el-tos) always made me smile as a child as it is literally means ‘wrapped up children’. Obviously no children are harm in the making of niños envueltos, instead they are steak rolls, filled with veggies and bacon and then cooked in a lovely tomato stew with rice!
The niños envueltos are rather easy to assemble and the dish is the perfect comfort food now that the weather is becoming colder and the nights longer. It is a wonderful ‘throw everything and cook in one pan’ kinda dish as both the niños envueltos and the rice is cooked in the stew!
This recipe will make 4 generous portions! You can always make more and freeze!
- 8 thin beef steaks (tenderised into thinner beef steaks if needed)
- 360g of unsmoked bacon (smoked bacon can be used too)
- 5 minced cloves of garlic
- 1 sliced pepper (any remaining slices can be cut into chunks and added to stew)
- 1 carrot cut into sticks
- olive oil
- 1/2 grated carrot
- 1 medium sized onions
- 1 can of chopped tomatoes
- 700ml vegetable stock (you can use water instead)
- salt and pepper
- bay leaves
- dried oregano
- 300g basmati rice (75g per person)
To assemble the niños envueltos:
- Tenderise the beef steaks with a meat tenderiser and season each steak with salt, pepper and minced garlic.
- Starting from the smaller side of the steak, add a piece of bacon, carrot stick and slice of pepper.
- Roll the steak from until a roll is formed with the piece of bacon, carrot stick and slice of pepper inside.
- Use the toothpicks to close each end of the niños envueltos.
- Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a pan and once hot, add all the niños envueltos into the pan. Sear all the niños envueltos until browned. Remove from the pan.
To make the stew and cook the niños envueltos:
- Add another tbsp of olive oil into the oil you just seared your niños envueltos and sweat your onion and 2 chopped garlic cloves.
- Add the grated half carrot and any leftover pepper (cut into small squares) and cook for a minute
- Add the can of chopped tomatoes and season with salt, pepper, dried oregano and bay leaves.
- Put the 8 niños envueltos in the stew, add some of the vegetable stock, lower the heat and cover.
- Cook the stew for 30 minutes, stirring often and adding more stock (or water) to ensure it doesn’t dry up.
- Once the stew has cooked for 30 minutes, add the uncooked rice to the stew. Cook the rice in the stew bearing in mind that rice takes longer than 12 minutes to cook in the stew. Add water/stock to the stew as per needed whilst the rice cooks.
- Before serving, remove all the toothpicks and serve with some lovely bread.
- Enjoy! 🙂
I hope you enjoy this recipe and it brings you as much joy as it still brings me to this day! I can’t wait to hear and see your amazing versions of niños envueltos!
Buen provecho 🙂