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Carne Guisada

Come with me………and you will see…….. something ex-traor-din-ary……

Sorry….I have the Charlie and The Chocolate Factory soundtrack playing in my head right now. Most likely, that is a direct result of the fact that I was on LOL Pics last night right before bed ……..and Condescending Wonka pictures were quite popular for some reason….

Anyhoo, this bodacious picture of deliciousness was dinner the other night:


Carne guisada, white cheddar, fresh serrano chiles, cilantro, and green onion.

They were, in a single word, delectable.

Carne Guisada – adapted from everydayfood.com

Like most meat from the slow cooker, we use this for nachos (as illustrated above), taquitos, quesadillas, etc….

2 1/2 pounds beef chuck roast or bottom round, cut into 1-inch pieces
ground pepper
2 tbs. vegetable oil
1 medium white onion, diced medium
1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and diced medium
1 large jalapeno, seeded and diced small
5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp dried oregano
6 tsp all-purpose flour
1 12 oz. bottle of light-flavor beer
1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves

Season beef with pepper. In a large skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over high. In two batches, cook beef until browned on all sides, 5 minutes per batch (add 2 teaspoons more oil for second batch). Transfer to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.

In same skillet, cook 2 teaspoons oil, onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic over medium, stirring and scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon, until vegetables are tender, 5 minutes. Add cumin, chili powder, oregano, and flour and cook 1 minute. Slowly pour beer into skillet, stirring until liquid is smooth. Simmer 2 minutes, then transfer mixture to slow cooker, along with tomatoes and bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Cover and cook on high 6 hours.


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