Wednesday, October 27, 2010

CrockPot Beef with New Mexico Red Chile Sauce

One of my favorite foods is the New Mexico chile pepper.  Red or green, it doesn't generally matter, I love them both.  This recipe is a slight adaptation of one of my favorite dishes - carne adovada - pork in a red chile sauce.  I've made a slight variation of this recipe many times with great success.  I've changed things up to use grass-fed beef and cook it in the crock-pot.  

Warning:  in order for the flavors to fully develop, you need to allow at least 24 hours or more for marinating time.

  • 3-4 pounds grass-fed beef (I used a roast)
  • 16 New Mexico dried red chile pods
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 Tbs kosher salt (more or less, to taste)
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  1. Broil chiles in the oven for about 30 seconds each side, until they are black and blistered.  Leave oven door slightly cracked, and be mindful of the fumes.
  2. Once the chiles are cooked, soak them in boiling water for 45-60 minutes (again, be mindful of the fumes).   Reserve this water, as you'll use it to make the sauce. Then, transfer them to cool water.
  3. While chiles are soaking, cut beef into cubes (about the size of stew meat).
  4. Once the chiles have cooled enough, use your hands to remove the outer skin and the seeds (if desired; the seeds are where the heat is, so use to your taste).  I recommend some gloves during this process.  Please be careful of touching your eyes after you handle the chiles.
  5. Place the chiles, garlic, salt, oregano, and about 2 cups of the water in a blender or food processor.  Blend until a nice sauce has formed.
  6. Place the meat into a plastic ziplock bag or other device appropriate for marinating meat.  Add sauce and make sure all of the meat is covered.
  7. Marinate in the refrigerator at least 24 hours.  I marinated around 36 hours.
  8. Place meat in a crock-pot.  Set time for low, 8 hours.
  9. Serve and enjoy!  The meat should be really tender, with a flavorful red sauce.
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1 comment:

  1. Yummy! I am going to have to try this. Anything that marinates that long has to be good!