6 lbs beef roast (I find it's usually cheaper to buy a roast and cut it up myself) or 6 lbs
( I find it's usually cheaper to buy a roast and cut it up myself)
red chili paste
( sold in Arizona by Santa Cruz Chile, or you can make your own like this one Recipe #84319)
( or fresh minced garlic, to taste)
1 -2 teaspoon
( to taste)
- Put the cut-up beef in a dutch oven or similar large kettle, cover with water and boil with salt, pepper, garlic, onion, and 3-4 bay leaves. Boil until meat is tender.
- Remove bay leaves and throw them away. Remove the meat.
- Pour the liquid into another container. (I use a good-sized plastic pitcher.).
- Stir the chili paste into the liquid. ( Or use 8 ounces of the paste and 8 ounces of made-from-scratch chile sauce. Or if you have an asbestos tongue, skip the commercial stuff entirely!).
- Melt shortening in the bottom of the kettle. Add flour and cook until brown, stirring almost constantly.
- Add 10 cups or so of the beef stock/chile mixture gradually, while stirring. (It's like making gravy.).
- Reduce heat and add oregano, cumin, more garlic, and salt to taste.
- Stir in the meat.
- DO NOT add tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, stewed tomatoes, or any other tomato product!
- Serve with flour tortillas and refried beans. Or make your own burros and serve it that way. Left overs (if any) freeze well.