Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mandatory Posting

I was thinking today, being Cinco de Mayo, that I should probably post something to commemorate the delicious meal we had this evening! I went all out and made chicken enchiladas, shrimp tacos and beef taquitos to have a multitude of flavors, it was quite the feast. It was all low fat and yet just as wonderful as if it were full of calories and unnecessary fat. So I should post it right?

Nope! I'm going to post another great recipe that deserves to be posted on a special day!

Mexican Braised Beef

2 lbs beef chuck roast, trimmed
4 poblano peppers
1 serrano chili
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped rough
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup red wine
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 tbsp dried oregano
8 small potatoes, baked

Roast the peppers in the broiler (or over an open flame) until the skin is charred. Place them in a bowl and cover with a towel to allow to steam and cool. When cooled, scrape/peel off the blackened skin. Cut off the stem, open the chili and remove the seeds and ribs. Rough chop the peppers and set aside. Season the beef generously with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over high heat, add the oil and then add the beef. Sear for about 2 minutes on each side and then set aside. Reduce the heat and add the onions. Cook them until they are slightly carmelized, about 4-5 minutes. Add the chopped chilies and garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add the wine and scrape the bottom of the skillet. Cook until it is reduced by half then add the tomatoes and bring it to a boil. Pour this mixture into a crock pot/slow cooker and place the seered beef on top. Cook on low for 6-8 hours until the meat is tender and falling apart. Shred beef, in pot, with forks and mix well with sauce and vegetables. Serve over baked potatoes that have been split in half and raked with a fork.

Although there is substantial prep time with roasting the peppers and reducing the sauce, it is well worth it. Plus, you get it done in the morning and don't have to do another thing until it's on the table!

Depending on the actual size of your roast this meal will serve a minimum of 8 people with plenty of left overs. I take about 1/4 cup of the leftovers and wrap it up in a flour tortilla for lunch the next day - I call it lunch perfection! Dinner is only a mere 9 points plus per serving (including the potato) and the lunch burrito with a carb balance tortilla is only 4 points plus.

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