Mexican Beef Stew (And a recap from last week’s visit!)
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This beef stew cooked with beef shank is one of my husband’s favorites. He also loves almost any dish made with this combination of tomatoes, olives, raisins and capers. In this recipe, the meat is slowly cooked until tender and then combined with a thick and rich sauce made with tomatoes & wine. This elaborate mixture of ingredients is commonly used in the southern states of Mexico to make stews using different types of meats but I prefer to use Beef Shank.
I made this dish last week with my dear friend and fellow blogger Sonia (from the blog La Piña en la Cocina), who came to Dallas to visit me. When it came to choosing the recipe I was going to share with her, I wanted to use a dish that my family really enjoyed, so we made this recipe together and it was quite a fun day! I’m very grateful to Rumba Meats for making this reunion possible. We had a wonderful time cooking together and sharing our stories. We talked about growing up in a large family and the traditions passed down to us from our parents. Most of our conversation, however, was about food, since it is a passion for both of us. Meeting Sonia was like seeing a cousin I hadn’t see in a long time. Thank you, Rumba, for making this reunion possible!
We even had a Facebook live chat, go watch it now on the RUMBA Meats Facebook Page.
Now to the recipe for this mouthwatering stew.
SERVES 6-8 PEOPLE
For cooking the meat:
- 2 packages of RUMBA Beef Cross Cut Hind Shank*
- ½ medium size onion
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 bay leaf
- About 8 cups of water
For the stew:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1/3 medium white onion, diced
- 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 cans (28oz each) of whole peeled tomatoes
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 3 large carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 medium size potatoes, peeled and diced
- ½ cup raisins
- 1/3 cup sliced olives
- 1 tablespoon of capers, drained
- 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped (for garnish)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pickled jalapeño peppers to serve
- Each package of RUMBA MEATS Beef Shank weights about 1.80Lb. The cut includes the bone, which adds lots of flavor to the whole dish. I love all their products! The fresh meat comes in a vacuum sealed package that can be stored for several days in the fridge while keeping the meat fresh and ready to use; it does not need to be frozen until the date indicated on the package.
1. Place the Beef Shank in a large pot to cook, along with the onion, garlic, and bay leaf. Cover with water and cook until tender. I used an electric pressure cooker pot and it took 30 minutes to cook. Note: For a regular stove-top pressure cooker, it will take 50 minutes, and for a normal stock pot it will take about 1-1/2 hours to cook. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, your stock pot works fine, just make sure you cook the meat until tender and add water if needed while cooking. You can also cook the meat overnight by using a slow cooker and cooking it for 6 hours.
2. While the meat is cooking, heat the oil in a stockpot or Dutch oven. Add the onion and cook for about 2 minutes until transparent. Stir in the garlic and cook for one more minute.
4. Add the diced carrots and cook for 5 minutes, then after that time stir in the potatoes and keep cooking for 8 more minutes.
5. At this time, add the cooked meat, white wine, raisins, capers, olives, and herbs. Stir well to blend all the flavors. Season with salt and pepper. Keep cooking for about 8-10 minutes until the vegetables are well cooked but still hold their shape.
To serve, garnish with the fresh parsley. At home, we like to eat this meal with warm crusty bread to dip into the sauce, but you can also serve it with white rice. Also, at the serving time offer some pickled jalapeño peppers to add a little bit of heat to the dish.
This dish is ideal for a celebration or special occasion, and for me, this was a very special occasion!
I hope you make this dish and try the many meat products offered by RUMBA MEATS, they have a large selection of cuts used in our traditional recipes. Look for them at your local Walmart, Kroger, and other stores in your area (you can also check out the store locator on Rumba Meat’s website).
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