Philly Cheesesteak Rice Bowls

Grab a fork and dig into the taste of a classic sandwich with these easy Philly Cheesesteak Rice Bowls!

Enjoy a classic sandwich in a new way with these tasty cheesesteak rice bowls!

I love one-dish dinners, especially rice bowls. I love them so much that I have an entire category of recipes for rice bowls! Now that I think about it, it’s a little funny that this is one of my favorite kinds of meals since all the ingredients are mixed together. I was one of those kids who didn’t like my food to touch on my plate, and I would eat one thing at a time before starting the next one. Now I like to mix everything up and make sure I have a little of every ingredient in each bite. At least that gives me hope for my own picky kids!

Enjoy a classic sandwich in a new way with these tasty cheesesteak rice bowls!

Besides the fact that I love rice bowls, I also love finding ways to enjoy some of my favorite foods without wheat. This dinner is basically a philly cheesesteak sandwich with rice replacing the bread. You can’t go wrong with that! I’m all for anything that involves steak and cheese.

Instead of telling you a little story today (because I don’t really have a little story to tell), I’ll just talk about how I made this dish and possible modifications. First of all, I wanted the meat to be fork tender, so I cooked it a really long time in a skillet, like a couple hours. If you don’t mind using a knife and fork for your dinner, you could just do a quick stir fry and make this a 30-minute meal. Alternatively, you could also cook the meat in the slow cooker on low all day. If you do the slow cooking method, either in the skillet or crockpot, your meat will be tender but a little dry. That was OK with me since it was covered with cheese and vegetables. If you stir fry it, the meat will stay juicy but will be chewier.

Enjoy a classic sandwich in a new way with these tasty cheesesteak rice bowls!

You could slow cook the vegetables too, and everything would taste delicious, but the peppers and onions would be mushy and not bright and colorful as shown here. If you are going to take the time to make the rice before serving this meal anyway, I strongly recommend sautéing the veggies to be tender-crisp before serving them. You know I love spicy food, so I added pickled jalapeños to mine. Those are of course optional, but I loved the heat and tanginess they added. How will you make yours? Let me know in the comments!

Enjoy a classic sandwich in a new way with these tasty cheesesteak rice bowls!
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Enjoy a classic sandwich in a new way with these tasty cheesesteak rice bowls!

Philly Cheesesteak Rice Bowls

The classic sandwich just turned into a one-dish dinner!

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a 10″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak strips, and sprinkle with about 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes just until outside is cooked. (If you are not slow cooking the meat, cook to desired doneness and skip step two.)
  2. Pour beef broth over meat just to cover it. (You may not need the full amount). Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until meat is fork tender. Check meat every half hour or so and add broth or water if it starts to dry out.
  3. Cook rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, transfer meat and juices to a bowl, and cover with foil to keep warm.
  4. Heat the same skillet over medium-high heat, and add sliced onions and bell peppers. Stir fry for about 5 minutes, and then add garlic and mushrooms. Sprinkle with about 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt, and continue cooking and stirring until vegetables are tender.
  5. Return meat to skillet, leaving most of the juices behind. Add tomatoes, and cook 1-2 minutes longer just to warm up meat. Turn off heat.
  6. To serve, divide cooked rice between four bowls, and scoop meat and vegetables over the rice. Place a slice of cheese on top, with jalapeños on the cheese if desired. You can microwave each bowl for about 20 seconds to melt the cheese completely.

Notes

Passive Time – 120 minutes

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20

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Andi Gleeson

22 comments

Free
9 years ago

Oh yea! This is a must try for me. I love quick and easy meals. More than that I love meals that don’t require a lot dishes. Bonus

Andi
9 years ago

You sound like my kind of cook. Glad you like this one :) Thank you!

Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files
9 years ago

Philly cheesesteak rice bowls?! Genius! I wonder if I could use something besides beef? (allergic to that too! ha) Atleast I can eat gluten again! And all that cheesy goodness is calling my name!

Andi
9 years ago

What!? You can eat gluten again? I clearly need to catch up on your blog! I hadn’t tried eating wheat in several months and started to wonder if I was still gluten intolerant. I ate a couple thing at the beginning of the month and, sure enough, was back to all the same symptoms a week later. I’m happy for you that you can eat it again though. Being allergic to beef seems easier to deal with. You could definitely make this with chicken. Just stir fry it all together and top it with cheese! xo

Kelly
9 years ago

I love that you made philly cheesesteak rice bowls! This is such a great idea, Andi! It looks delish especially topped with the pickled jalapenos – we love spicy food too :)

Andi
9 years ago

My kids don’t love spicy food, but I sure do! I like things like this where you can adjust the spiciness instead of stirring it in. Thank you, Kelly!

Annie @Maebells
9 years ago

This is such a good idea! We for philly cheesesteaks pretty often but I never thought to do it in a rice bowl! Genius!

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you, Annie! I didn’t miss the bread, and it’s gluten free :)

Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)
9 years ago

So Andi I’m sure you know that where I live, we serve pretty much everything over rice. This meal is right up my alley! Yummo!

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you, Jaren! I’m glad you like it :)

Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling
9 years ago

I totally love the idea of rice bowls but I don’t ever make them! I’m going to start!

Andi
9 years ago

Almost anything is good over rice if you ask me! Thanks, Cathy!

Nutmeg Nanny
9 years ago

I love rice bowls but I always go the Asian route. LOVE that you topped with Philly cheesesteak flavors…yum!

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you so much!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
9 years ago

My husband is a huge fan of rice bowls – like, he would eat them every single day if he could! However, we’re pretty much stuck in a chicken rut …. and this Philly Cheesesteak version sounds awesome!!! Pinning to surprise him one of these nights! :)

Andi
9 years ago

Thanks, Jamie! I hope he likes it (and you too)!

Matt Robinson
9 years ago

What an awesome idea, Andi, can’t wait to make this for my boys!

Andi
9 years ago

Thanks, Matt! Will your boys eat all the peppers and onions? Mine not so much…

Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner
9 years ago

What a wonderful idea Andi! My husband loves philly cheesesteak so this one goes on the must try list!

Andi
9 years ago

Thanks, Deb!

Jenn@ Deliciously Sprinkled
9 years ago

I love these! I need to add these to my menu plan next week, my husband will love these rice bowls! :)

Andi
9 years ago

Everyone is saying their husbands will like these. I think I like man food! ;) Thank you, Jenn!

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