I love a good Carnitas, or Carne Asada, but I really enjoy Picadillo, which is Mexican Shredded Beef that is cooked in a red chile sauce! I have looked all over for a good recipe, tried many, but this one, from Food and Wine magazine, with some modifications, nailed it! Let’s get to it!
4 dried Guajillo chiles, stemmed and seeded
2 dried Ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
3#’s beef brisket
2#’s pork butt
3 TBS vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
9 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp coriander seeds
5 Roma tomatoes, cored and seeded
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 2″ piece of cinnamon stick
2 cups of chicken stock
1 tsp Mexican dry oregano
First start with the dried chiles. In a bowl add the chiles with hot, hot water to soften. Give these about 30 minutes to do their thing.
While these are soaking, add the vegetable oil to a cast iron dutch oven. Heat and start to brown the meat, one piece at a time. Each piece should take you about 10 minutes. As the meat browns I work on the prepping the other items. As the pieces brown move them off to a platter.
Turn the oven on to 325. Mix the onion, garlic, cumin and coriander together.
Prep the tomatoes.
Prep the peppers. Drain the water on the soaking peppers and chop. Set aside in a bowl.
Once the meat is all browned, toss the onion and garlic mixture into the dutch oven and cook until the onions turn translucent.
Then add in the chiles and jalapeno, tomatoes, and the stick of cinnamon.
Add the oregano and stir to combine well. Then add the meat back to the pot.
Season with salt and pepper. Pour the broth over the meat then cover and place in the oven. After one hour, turn the meat and remove the cinnamon stick. Cook another hour or until the meat is tender. When done remove the meat from the pot.
Take the juices from the pot, and in batches puree. Strain the blended mixture.
Once the meat has cooled, shred it.
Then add the strained sauce to the meat.
You can use this meat in enchiladas, tacos, or try it in a tostada!
This was really yummy and I hope that you try it! Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful Monday!