Tomatillos lend this Latin-inspired stew tangy taste, while roasted poblano chiles offer modest heat. Look for canned tomatillos with the Latin/Mexican foods in your grocery store.
2 poblano chiles
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
2 cups chopped onion
1/3 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 ounces)
2 pounds lean beef stew meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1 (12-ounce) pale Mexican beer (such as Corona)
2 cups water
1 cup chopped green bell pepper (about 1 medium)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28-ounce) can tomatillos, drained and crushed
1 (14-ounce) can less-sodium beef broth
6 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled white potato (about 2 pounds)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled queso fresco
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
How to Make It
Place poblano chiles on a foil-lined baking sheet; broil 10 minutes or until blackened and charred, turning chiles occasionally. Place in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel chiles; cut in half lengthwise. Discard seeds and membranes. Chop chiles; set aside.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 10 minutes or until onion is tender and golden brown. Spoon onion into a large bowl.
Place flour in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Dredge beef in flour, shaking off excess. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add half of beef mixture; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Add browned beef to onion. Repeat procedure with remaining beef mixture and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Add beer to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add chopped chiles, 2 cups water, pepper, oregano, cumin, garlic, tomatillos, and beef broth; bring to a simmer. Stir in the beef mixture. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 1 hour or until beef is just tender.
Stir in potato. Simmer, uncovered, 50 minutes or until beef and potato are very tender and sauce is thick, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Ladle 1 1/3 cups stew into each of 8 bowls; sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.
This was truly delicious! I made half the recipe, and my only changes were to use all beef stock instead of water (why add flavorless water?) and to use an 8 oz. can of Herdez tomatillo salsa instead of a can of tomatillos. Made the night before so flavors could blend. Served with small corn tortilla quesedilla and sliced fruit. Simple but so good!
The only change I made was to make half a recipe since there are only 2 of us. This stew had good flavor and was easy. Hardest part was finding the canned tomatillos, but found them at a local Mexican grocery story. Will definitely make again.
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