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Beef with Spicy Cocoa Gravy

Howard L. Puckett
Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
CATEGORY WINNER Entrées. "The unsweetened cocoa gives the broth a rich texture and heartiness. Serve with egg noodles, rice, or couscous." -April Sims, Denton, TX

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 pounds top round steak, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced organic fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained (such as Muir Glen)
  • 2 cups fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh oregano (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 263
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 7.8 g
  • satfat 2.2 g
  • monofat 3.8 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 30 g
  • carbohydrate 15.3 g
  • fiber 2.3 g
  • cholesterol 56 mg
  • iron 3.7 mg
  • sodium 731 mg
  • calcium 37 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine unsweetened cocoa and next 7 ingredients (through cinnamon) in a large bowl. Add beef; toss to coat. Remove beef from bowl. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Add flour to cocoa mixture; stir with a whisk. Return beef to bowl; toss to coat.

  2. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef mixture to pan; sauté 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove beef from pan. Add onion and green bell pepper to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add red wine and tomatoes; cook 3 minutes. Stir in beef broth, salt, and black pepper; return meat to pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and 10 minutes or until beef is tender, stirring occasionally. Garnish each serving with fresh oregano, if desired.