Sunday, July 1, 2012

Jalapeno Mustard Beef

I don't know about you but I love washing dishes.

When washing dishes, my mind runs faster than the water flowing from the faucet.  It's a time when my mind wanders... of what chore to do next, maybe pay the bill, then call a friend after... Again, I think it's the sound of running water that soothes me... I don't know why but my brain has been pre-conditioned that way.

Well this dish is born out of that... like a light bulb in my head had switched on while I was washing dishes.  It just happened that I didn't know what to do with a chunk of beef chuck that I had thawed.  

Thought Balloon:  Why not cook with your favorite condiment right now?
Me:  What is that?
Thought Balloon:  Your Jalapeno mustard that you use on your burgers.
Me:  That's a good idea.
Thought Balloon:  The hint of jalapeno goes well with beef so why not add cilantro on it too.
Me:  I don't want to add cilantro because it might mask all the other ingredients.

Oh well, I might as well lose this argument to myself.  But before my attempt in creative writing confuses you further, here's a new favorite dish on our table.

Jalapeno Mustard Beef with Cilantro


1 tbsp olive oil
3 lbs beef chuck roast
2 medium size potatoes (sliced)
2 tbsp mustard jalapeno
3 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 stalk celery (chopped)
1 medium onion (chopped)
3 cups beef stock


Season the beef with salt and pepper.   Add olive oil on a dutch stove oven and brown the beef on all sides.  Do the same with the potatoes.  Set aside.

Mix all the other seasonings together.  On the same pan, saute all the  veggies.  Put the beef back and pour over the seasoning together with the cups of beef stock.  Once it's boiling, lower the heat.  Cook until beef is fork tender (about 2 hours for 3 lbs of beef). Add potatoes and let it simmer until cooked.

Let the beef rest for 10 minutes on a cutting board before slicing.  Sprinkle with tiny specs of cilantro... ENJOY!


  1. Jalapeno Mustard?!! Why don't I know about this?! Great idea. And the recipe looks terrific too. But washing the dishes? I do a lot of it, because I cook a lot. But it's not one of those things I enjoy. Though maybe I would if I had jalapeno mustard on hand! ;-) Thanks for this - fun post.

    1. Jalapeno mustard is my new favorite condiment right now. It is found in the BBQ sauce aisle. Try it.. you'll love it!
      Great to see you as always!

  2. I miss listening to all those things that were in your head. How I could hear your voice in this post.
    I miss you!

    1. and they were a lot right :) I wish we could do SD days here in STL soon.

  3. Very nice recipe! BTW I love washing dishes as well :)

    1. I'm glad we're on the same love to wash dishes league haha! Thanks Raymund!

  4. Gosh, what a delish photo and a great recipe! You just made me so hungry, Malou ! But thanks for a terrific beef recipe with a whole new twist. Happy Mon.!

    1. Happy Monday too Betty Ann. Thanks for dropping by and those kind words of yours never fail to lift me up!

  5. Looks so yummy! Is is spicy? I can handle a little spice, but not a lot. I have to try this one out! :-)

    1. It has a hint of spicy-ness but not so much. You could adjust it accordingly tho... but yeah, we loved it and I hope yours too!

  6. great story on how you came up with this recipe. I do a lot of improvised cooking too and more than often the end-product doesn't turn out as tasty as i wanted...but like you i like to experiment. This beef dish sounds amazing especially i am a fan of spicy food. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. So happy to find someone who loves washing dishes! I do, and if someone can cook for me (delicious food, of course), I totally don't mind to be a washer for the day! Pots and pans, dishes and all kinds, WELCOME! =) I only started using dish washer after having kids... just no time to "enjoy" washing anymore. :-(

    Love your jalapeno mustard sauce. I love you put potatoes on the side. My dinner will complete with a bowl of rice. =D

  8. This looks delicious. I love how you came up with the recipe. I don't use my dish washing time wisely, I just found out. I have to re-train myself to use it productively.

    Thanks for the new recipe and the reminder to use my time in a better way.

    If you have a minute, would you link this to the Recipe Box?

  9. Hi Ms. Malou,

    I enjoyed reading your story about how this recipe came about.

    Washing the dishes has always been my most favorite household chore. It gives me some time to think about things, sing songs to my heart's content or talk to myself without being interrupted by anyone (because they wouldn't dare help me : )

    Actually, it was a role I gladly took in the "Division of Labor" department. I don't cook that well so whenever everyone's at home for vacation, I leave that up to my brother and sister-in-law. This means I always have to do the after-care...

    But then again, washing the dishes is always a bliss... so I'm not complaining...

    Wishing you more recipes and more dishes to wash... hoho!

    1. Hi Sandy,
      Your comment never fail to bring a smile in my face and I just thought of letting you know.
      Thank you so much for being with me in this journey... I know i said that to you before, but yeah i really do!


  10. Ok, so I hate doing dishes :) But I love what you got out of it. Did you buy or make the jalapeno mustard? I.e. where can I find it? That beef looks so 'glazed' and good

  11. Oh, Malou...I'm amused to read right at the start of your post that you love washing dishes! To me that's just so weird....haha. That's because I'm just the opposite! :P So, you know how relieved I am that there's such a machine called 'dishwasher'! I love your beef dish. Love all the ingredients there. I will eat a big plate of rice with this.

  12. I used to hate doing dishes but now find it almost therapeutic too hehehe. Oh and jalapeno mustard?? On burgers?? With beef?? I think I am drooling...

  13. This looks so delicious, and thanks for the head's up on the jalapeno mustard. It's on my grocery list.

  14. Kudos for your balloon thoughts, my dear friend! I bookmarked your fabulous it!
    Love the combination of the seasoning, and spices, especially the jalapeno mustard; which my 'balloon thoughts' just told me that I would have to add mustard, and jalapeno, separately since I have not seen that in our supermarkets.

    Love the way the rich sauce turned out, and the beef looks so tender and juicy! Also I'm impressed with your pretty crinkle cut potatoes...I have the gadget to use for the krinkle cut, but just never think of it at the time, to use it!
    Bookmarked this to make soon!

  15. Your presentation is gorgeous! I've never heard of jalapeno mustard, but I think I might be in love! Swinging by for the first time since I returned from my bloggy hiatus; your blog has gotten more beautiful and your recipes amazing. :) Ekat's Kitchen has been relaunched as Salmon At Seven - hope you'll swing by! xoxo


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