Beef Tinga

Aired January 17, 2012

2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
Salt and pepper
Flour, for dredging
3 tablespoons corn oil
1 pound Mexican chorizo (fresh), about 1 pound, casings removed
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 tablespoon cumin, half a palmful
1/2 tablespoon Mexican oregano, half a palmful
1/2 tablespoon ground coriander, half a palmful
1 can beef consomm or 1 1/2 cups beef stock
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes or fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 to 2 tablespoons pured chipotle in adobo for a medium to extra-spicy heat level
1 tablespoon honey
For Serving:
Flour tortillas, warmed
Wedges of lime
Queso fresco, crumbled
Sliced fresh or pickled jalapeo peppers
Thinly sliced red onions

Preheat oven to 325F.

Pat meat dry and season with salt and pepper. Dredge pieces in flour.

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat with the oil. Add meat and brown in batches until very brown; remove to a plate, add chorizo and brown. Add onions, garlic, cumin, oregano, coriander and let onions soften a few minutes. Add in stock, tomatoes, chipotle pure, honey and reserved meat to the pot. Bring to a boil and transfer to oven. Cook 1 1/2 hours, until very tender.

Serve in shallow bowls with tortillas, lime wedges, queso fresco, jalapeos and onions alongside.

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