Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins
Mexican shredded beef or tinga is a versatile dish, great as a filling for soft tortillas, enchiladas, burritos or crusty rolls. This simple version relies on a few key flavours so even though the cut of beef used is inexpensive, it pays to use the best-quality beef you can.
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 7 large chilies
- 6 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 1⁄4 kg blade steaks, trimmed of fat and cut into 2cm chunks
- 1 1⁄3 liters pale ale beer
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, to taste
- 1 cup coriander (to garnish)
- Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over a medium-low heat. Cut the green stalk ends from 5 chillies (reserve 2 chillies for garnish). Place the whole chillies and garlic in the saucepan and cook gently for 5 minutes.
- Raise the heat to medium-high, add the steak and cook, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes or until all the liquid from the meat is evaporated and the meat is browned. Add the ale and bring to the boil. Lower the heat to a slow simmer, cover and then continue cooking for 11/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook for a extra hour until the meat is tender enough to break up easily with a wooden spoon and you are left with a thick shredded beef mixture (don’t allow it to boil dry). Season with salt to taste.
- Cut reserved chillies into fine julienne and scatter with the coriander over the beef. This serves 8 with the frijoles con queso (bean and cheese stew), or 4-6 on its own.