Since it is February, and everyone has sweet stuff on their minds, I thought a nice, spicy dish would be a good counterpoint. And last year there were a lot of sweets at the February Boat Club Potluck.
One dish I love to make is Machaca, or Shredded Beef. It's one of those dishes that comes together fast, cooks without any fussing around, and is usually pretty popular with everyone, but vegetarians. Of course, you can make it vegetarian if you like, just add more beans. In fact I would add a couple of different kinds of beans for variety, along with the kidney beans, I'd add some black beans and some pinto's. Beans are good food. At least I like them.
|All the vegetables, and of course the beans.|
To start with, and this is so sinfully easy I'm embarrassed to tell you how simple it is, get your pot out, whether it be a crockpot, or a pot on top of the stove or a large casserole dish.
|A big old chunk of meat|
|The meat is in there, hiding, really.|
Place your meat in there, add a couple cans of Kidney beans, a chopped onion, a chopped green pepper, one can of tomato sauce, (I like El Pato Mexican tomato sauce), one can of chopped green chiles, 2 tablespoons of chile powder, 1 tablespoon of cumin, 1 whole tomato chopped. Stick the lid on and let it cook. If you've got this in a crock pot, don't even lift the lid for 5 or 6 hours. When the meat is fork tender,
|At this point it really tastes good, I had to taste, quality control and all that.|
pull the meat out and shred it with a couple of forks, add it back into the saucy goodness of the pot and let it cook another hour or so.
It will be saucy. If doing this on the stove or in the oven, let it cook for a couple of hours, then check for tenderness. As soon as it's fork tender, pull it out and shred. Add back into the pot and let it cook for a little while more.
|Made one up before we headed over, final product had to pass inspection, of my mouth that is.|
Serve with flour tortillas, Verde sauce and some cheese. And don't be surprised when people lick their plates. It has been known to happen. But they usually turn away or hide in the corner when they do it.
Recipe: Shredded Beef Serves 6-8 People
3-4 lb. chuck roast, not too fatty
4 cans Kidney beans, (I like a combination of Dark red kidney beans and the light red beans)Drained and rinsed
1/2 cup water
1 can El Pato Mexican Tomato Sauce (8 oz) or
1 can Tomato sauce (8 oz.)
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chiles or more
1 tomato, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon cumin (more to taste if needed)
2-4 tablespoons Chile powder
Green Taco Sauce
Dump it all in the crockpot and set for low and let simmer for 6 hours, minimum. If cooking on top of the stove, cover and let simmer for 2 hours, or until the meat is tender. Same directions for the oven, set the temp at about 350 degrees.
When the meat is tender, remove from the sauce and shred, then add it back into the pot and let it simmer or cook for another 1-2 hours. I like to finish it off on top of the stove, just to reduce the sauciness a little. Serve with flour tortillas, green taco sauce and shredded cheese.
And here's the rest of the dishes that were brought last night. And I have to apologize I didn't get a shot of the roasted tomatillo salsa. Every time I got close to it, people were eating it, and of course I had to taste it as well, it was good.
|Hot and Sour Soup|
|7 Layer Dip|
And there you have it, another successful night at the Boat Club. As usual everything was excellent, and I ate too much, sigh. Oh well. I will survive.
Hope everyone has a great Valentines Day.