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    Machaca (Authentic Mexican Shredded Beef)

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    2 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    2 hrs

    BecR's Note:

    An authentic Mexican recipe from the book "Mexican Cookery" by Barbara Hansen. This delectable shredded beef is perfection! Wonderful served stuffed into a warm flour tortilla. Recipe is easily doubled, or tripled. Could also be made in the crock pot.

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    1. 1
      Place meat in large saucepan. Add water, peppercorns, 1/4 onion and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Cover and simmer until meat is very tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
    2. 2
      Cool meat in broth. Drain, reserving 1/3 cup broth. Mash garlic with 1/4 teaspoon salt to make a paste. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chopped onion and garlic paste. Cook until onion is tender. Cut chili into short strips. Add chili strips and tomatoes to cooked onion.
    3. 3
      Cook 3 to 4 minutes. Add meat, cumin and freshly ground pepper to taste. Cook until meat is heated through. Stir in reserved broth. Taste and add salt if needed. Keep warm.
    4. 4
      NOTE: Can be served as a main dish or in tacos or other tortilla dishes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 18, 2008


      I was pretty impressed with this! I was a teensy bit put off by the amount of fat in the meat (before it was cooked), but I simmered the meat yesterday afternoon and allowed it to chill until this morning due to time constraints. I skimmed the solidified fat, removed all the "sketchy parts" lol, and pulled the beef into chunks. I used a poblano for the chile pepper, but also ended up adding one diced serrano because DH likes the extra heat. I served this with some leftover red chile sauce and Monterey Jack polenta (reserved from another meal which had no leftover meat), then used fresh pico de gallo as a condiment. VERY good! I think my next use for the little bit of leftover meat is going to be burritos. I'd definitely make this one again, thanks for posting! Made for PAC Spring 08 :)

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    • on October 22, 2012


      This was excellent! Added two Tablespoons of Chipotle and family made burritos with it! This is a keeper!

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    • on November 03, 2009


      yummy authentic and sooooo good! i'm trying it with chipotle in adobo today for a smoky beef burrito!! gotta love it!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Machaca (Authentic Mexican Shredded Beef)

    Serving Size: 1 (255 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 211.7
    Calories from Fat 94
    Total Fat 10.4 g
    Saturated Fat 3.5 g
    Cholesterol 74.8 mg
    Sodium 243.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 5.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
    Sugars 2.6 g
    Protein 24.8 g

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