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Beef and Vegetable Soup (Cocido)

Yield 10 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
Cocido, a Spanish beef and vegetable soup, is chock full of boneless sirloin steak, fire-roasted tomatoes, green chiles, potatoes, chayote squash, and carrots.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons achiote paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds boneless sirloin steak, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups chopped onion
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained (such as Muir Glen)
  • 4 cups cubed peeled baking potato
  • 3 cups cubed peeled chayote squash
  • 2 cups (1/2-inch-thick) slices carrot
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 243
  • caloriesfromfat 25 %
  • fat 6.8 g
  • satfat 2.1 g
  • monofat 3.3 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 21.1 g
  • carbohydrate 24.9 g
  • fiber 4.1 g
  • cholesterol 50 mg
  • iron 2.9 mg
  • sodium 607 mg
  • calcium 51 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 7 ingredients, stirring with a fork until mixture resembles coarse meal; sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons achiote mixture evenly over beef, tossing to coat. Set remaining achiote mixture aside.

  2. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef mixture; cook 2 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove beef from pan. Add onion to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add remaining achiote mixture; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Return beef mixture to pan. Stir in broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes. Add potato, chayote, and carrot; cover and simmer 35 minutes or until potato is tender. Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar.

Cook's Notes

When handling achiote paste, wear gloves to avoid staining your hands. If you can't find chayote, use summer squash instead.