Carne en su Jugo is a concentrated flavorful broth of beef meat finely diced and served with beans plus a wide array of toppings served alongside. I had been to Jalisco three times in my life, and in my last visit, I had a personal agenda of visiting as many typical restaurants, markets.
1 ½poundtop roundsirloin or any other cut of meat without fat
1tablespoonof lime juice
Fresh ground pepper to season the meat
2garlic cloves chopped
2spring onions chopped
2serrano peppers chopped
4cupsof chicken broth or 4 cups of water mixed with 4 teaspoons of chicken bouillon*
4 tomatilloscooked (Optional)
2cupsof cooked pinto beanswarm
6tablespoonCrispy bacon pieces
3tablespoonChopped white onion
6onionsGrilled spring onions
⅔Avocado slices or guacamole
Finely cut the meat into thin slices and then into small cubes. Place the meat in a glass bowl. Mix soy sauce, lime juice, and pepper and add to the meat. Let the meat marinate for a few minutes while you cook the bacon.
Fry bacon in a medium-size Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towel and pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from pot.
Add the meat to the pot and cook at medium heat for about 8 minutes, during this time the meat will release some of its juices.
While the meat is cooking, place chopped garlic, onion, cilantro and Serrano pepper into a blender with a cup of the broth and process until well blended. (If you are adding the tomatillos, add them in this step)
Pour this mixture over the meat, add the rest of the broth, and taste to season with salt as well as ground pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low, place lid to pot and simmer for about 20 minutes or more until meat is tender. This last cooking time will depend on the cut of meat you are using.
To serve divide the warm beans into serving bowls afterward add the meat with its broth. Let everyone garnish with chopped onions, cilantro, and radishes along with some drops of lime juice.
*Chicken bouillon is very popular in many Mexican households; it is used to season the broth of this recipe, as well as for an endless number of stews and rice dishes.