A spicy steak stew that will keep you warm and safe on a cold winter’s night.
By Nancy Lopez-McHugh
This is one of our most favorite meals. My husband could eat it several times a week and never complain. The meal is quite a humble one. There aren’t any fancy or expensive ingredients. But you don’t need either because this dinner is crazy good. Basically all it is steak cut up into bite size pieces cooked in a spice red chile sauce, served with refried or mashed beans and corn tortillas. This recipe is quite easy prepare. But I should warn you that it is very spicy, though you could of course cut down the amount of chiles.
- 500 gm or 1 lb steak or tender beef cut of choice, cut into bite size pieces
- 4 dried chiles de arbol or Arbol Chiles
- 2 fresh red chiles, stems removed
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled
- 2 medium tomatoes, stem removed
- 1 small white onion, peeled and halved
- 1-2 tbs olive or vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp cumin seed
- 1 tsp dried oregano, Mexican variety is best
- ½ tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. salt, or adjust to taste
- 1 tbsp sweet pimenton or paprika, for extra color
- Place the chiles, garlic, tomatoes and onion in a small pot of hot boiling water. Allow to simmer until the tomato begins to peel, and onion and chiles begin to soften- about 10-15 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.
- Heat some oil in a frying pan, once warm add the steak and cook under low heat. In the meantime place the boiled ingredients and all remaining spices into a blender.(For a milder sauce remove the seed from chiles) Blend into a thick sauce. By now the steak has cooked through, turn heat to medium high and gently pour sauce into the pan. Stir to well combine. Allow to simmer for another 15 minutes.
- Serve with refried beans and either corn or flour tortillas, as well as any other accompaniments desired.
The result is a thick stew like meal that will fill up your body and keep you warm on a cold winter’s night. Buen provecho or enjoy!
Nancy Lopez-McHugh is a food blogger, photographer and published author. Most recently she has published "Yummy Pics: A Food Blogger's Guide To Better Photos".