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Beef Carnitas

Yield 4 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup)
This simple recipe, which uses inexpensive beef stew meat, garnered our highest rating for great flavor and versatility. To freeze the carnitas, wrap them tightly in heavy-duty plastic wrap or foil, and place in a zip-top plastic freezer bag; they will keep in the freezer for up to three months.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup less-sodium beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 large unpeeled orange wedge

Nutrition Information

  • calories 180
  • fat 8 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • monofat 3.4 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 22.2 g
  • carbohydrate 3.5 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • cholesterol 71 mg
  • iron 2.5 mg
  • sodium 320 mg
  • calcium 16 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add beef; sauté 5 minutes or until beef is browned on all sides. Stir in broth, sugar, salt, and pepper; nestle orange section into beef mixture. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 ½ hours or until beef is tender. Remove and discard orange. Continue simmering, uncovered, 8 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring frequently.

Cook's Notes

This recipe was updated for the November, 2012 25th anniversary issue.