Mexican Beef Stew in Red Chile-Garlic Sauce

Prep Time
22 min
Cook Time
65 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Moderate
Recipe Details
Ingredients
  • 4 item(s) dried ancho pepper(s), stems removed and seeds shaken out
  • 2 cup(s) water
  • 8 clove(s) garlic clove(s), not peeled
  • 1 Tbsp canned chipotle pepper(s), chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large uncooked onion(s), chopped
  • 2 Tbsp canned tomato paste
  • 24 oz uncooked lean beef round, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 large uncooked carrot(s), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 12 small uncooked new potato(es), red, scrubbed, not peeled, halved
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
Instructions
  1. Cut open ancho chilies with kitchen scissors so they lay flat. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and toast chilies, pressing them flat with a spatula, for 30 seconds per side. Place chilies in a large bowl with water; set aside.
  2. Add garlic to same skillet and roast in its skin, letting skin blacken, turning as needed, about 4 to 5 minutes. When garlic is cool enough to handle, remove skin.
  3. Remove chilies from water and reserve liquid.
  4. Place soaked chilies, chipotle, peeled garlic and 3/4 cup of reserved water in a blender container. Blend on high, pulsing on and off, to make a smooth sauce. Add more water as necessary to make a loose sauce; set aside until ready to use.
  5. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until onions begin to brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more. Pour chile-garlic sauce over onions and stir to combine.
  6. Add beef, carrots and potatoes to pot; stir. Cover and cook for 30 minutes; remove cover and stir. (If stew seems dry, add 1/4 cup more water.) Season with cumin, cinnamon and salt; stir, reduce heat to low, place cover back on pot and cook until potatoes and carrots are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes more. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.