Southwestern Braised Beef

"This delicious stew from Canadian Living can also be made in the crock pot; just omit the two cups of water or else it will be more like a soup! Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours. The recipe also calls for ancho chili powder which is not widely available. If you can get it, by all means add it for a little extra kick, but it is perfectly fine without as well. Serve with basmati rice and a nice green salad."
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  • In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, ancho chili powder, allspice and cinnamon; stir in 2 tablespoons of the oil to make a paste.
  • Set aside.
  • In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat the remaining oil over medium-high heat.
  • Brown the beef in batches.
  • Remove to a plate and drain the fat from the pan.
  • Fry the onions and garlic over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chili powder mixture and fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the beef and stir for about 1 minute.
  • Add the beans, 2 cups of water, tomatoes, salt and sugar.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Uncover and simmer until slightly thickened and the meat is tender, about 30 minutes.

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  1. Overall a good flavor but is truly a stolen recipe from our southwest (aka USA:CO...TX...AZ). I'll modify it next time to include green pepper and instead of rice I'll add the traditional sweet bread or cornbread and a salad. I would also suggest adding the beans within the last 30 or 40 minutes of cooking time as they were very, very soft after simmering for an hour.


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