Recipe by Manami
Adapted from Savoring Mexico and tweaked for our personal tastes. This is a dish from Jalisco that is indescribably delicious. It's a gorgeous soupy, spicy dish that is somehow hearty and light at the same time. If you use canned beans or they are already cooked - it is great for a weeknight soup and a sandwich! My times are estimates, as I had to make this in steps & more steps(depending on availability of kitchen)!
- 1⁄2 lb good-quality bacon, cut into small sticks
- 1 lb beef sirloin tip, thinly sliced on the diagonal and then coarsely chopped
- 4 cups homemade rich beef broth or 4 cups homemade beef stock
- 2 chipotle chiles in adobo
- 2 small bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1⁄2 lb dried beans, soaked, cooked and drained (red beans, or black beans or white beans) or 2 cups beans, canned & drained (red beans, or black beans or white beans)
- 1⁄2 cup chopped cilantro
- 8 large spring onions, sliced horizontally
- 4 serrano chilies or 2 jalapeno chiles, minced
- 2 limes, quartered
- avocado, slices
Directions See How It's Made
- In a frying pan, slowly fry the chopped bacon over medium-low heat until crisp, then remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
- Raise the heat to med-high and cook the beef in the bacon drippings for about 2 minutes.
- Remove the beef with a slotted spoon, and place in a large, heavy pot.
- Put chipotles in a blender with about 1 cup of the beef broth, and blend until smooth.
- Add the chile-beef liquid to the large pot, along with the remaining beef broth, the bay leaves, salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.
- Cover and simmer until the meat is tender, approximately 20 minutes.
- Warm the beans over med-low heat.
- When meat is cooked, divide the beans among 4 bowls, then ladle the meat and the broth over the beans.
- Garnish with the bacon and cilantro, and lay 2 onions along the rim of each bow, as well as the avocado slices.
- Pass the diced serranos and limes at the table, and enjoy with good-quality tortilla chips.