Also known as "Caldillo," this Mexican Beef Stew is rich and spicy with the delicious flavors of Mexico.
I have a really delicious recipe for you today. Though it's not strictly southern, I would definitely say that these kinds of "Tex-Mex" recipes have been influenced by their Texan (certainly southern) places of origin.
Whenever BeeBop and I go out for dinner on a weeknight, our casual dining place of choice is almost always one of our local Mexican restaurants. There's just something so alluring about that unique combination of flavors that make up Mexican recipes, isn't there?
Now, I in no way purport to be an expert on Mexican food. And I also know very well that what we know as "Mexican" from our American-based restaurants is probably indistinguishable to a person of Mexican heritage. But, oh my goodness, don't we love it anyway?!
Tacos, burritos, and enchiladas of all kinds. Yum!
Well, today's recipe for Mexican Beef Stew (Caldillo) won't be found on many restaurant menus, but it definitely earns a "Yum" rating.
This combination of beef stew meat, onions, tomatoes, salsas, and potatoes is rich and spicy. Quite spicy actually. I'd rate this as a medium, almost hot, level of spicy heat.
If you want to tone it down some, substitute plain diced tomatoes for the tomatoes and chilies and make sure to use mild tomato salsa and salsa verde. Serve the stew with warm corn or flour tortillas and wedges of lime to squeeze over each serving.
How to Make Mexican Beef Stew (Caldillo)
In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef stew meat, onions, and garlic.
Saute, stirring frequently, until the stew meat has browned and the onions are transparent.
Add the remaining ingredients except the potatoes and stir well. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover tightly and cook over low heat for 1 ½ hours or until the meat is very tender.
Stir in the potatoes and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through.
Serve with warm tortillas and lime wedges on the side.
More Tex-Mex Style Recipes on Never Enough Thyme:
- Machaca Burritos
- Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
- Carne Asada Tacos
- Jazzed Up Tacos
- Mexican Style Corn Salad
- Layered Mexican Chicken Salad
Mexican and Tex-Mex Recipes from Other Bloggers:
- Arroz con Pollo from Simply Recipes
- How to Make a Good Quesadilla from The V Spot
- Flan from Blissfully Domestic
- Baja Style Tempura Fish Tacos from Leite's Culinaria
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Mexican Beef Stew
- 2 tblsp. olive oil
- 2 ½ pounds beef stew meat
- 2 medium onions roughly diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 10 oz. cans chunky diced tomatoes with green chilies recommend: RoTel
- 1 cup tomato salsa
- 1 ½ cups salsa verde
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 ½ lbs. peeled and diced potatoes
- Tortillas and lime wedges for serving
- In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef stew meat, onions, and garlic. Saute, stirring frequently, until the stew meat has browned and the onions are transparent.
- Add the remaining ingredients except potatoes and stir well. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover tightly and cook over low heat for 1 ½ hours or until the meat is very tender.
- Stir in the potatoes and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through.
- Serve with warm tortillas and lime wedges on the side.
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Lana Stuart is the cook and occasional traveler here at Never Enough Thyme. Lana has been cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove and started this blog in 2009 to share her delicious home cooking recipes. You'll find about 700 recipes here so there's sure to be something your family will like!
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