Saturday, August 28, 2010

South of the Border Bowl - 2.0

This is a variation on the South of the Border Bowl recipe from last weekend. This time the meat of choice is beef stew meat and those baby corns really make this dish special. Something delightful happens to their texture that makes the chewing of them quite satisfying. I can't quite explain it. You will have to try the recipe and see for yourself.

South of the Border Bowl - 2.0
No Gluten, No Dairy, No Eggs, No Soy, No kidding
1/4 cup grape-seed oil
3 tablespoons (approximately) cooking red wine
1-2 pounds stew meat
1 large onions, chopped
3 cups zucchini, chopped
2 15-ounce cans black beans, undrained
1 14.5-ounce can stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 can baby corn, drained and halved or quartered (I did this in the skillet with my spatula)
1 4-ounce can green chilies
1 to 2 cups Pacific Organic Chicken Broth
1 teaspoon each garlic powder, chili powder
1/2 teaspoon each ground cumin, oregano flakes (plus a little more of each of the four spices as directed below)
Salt and pepper to taste
I used the Aunt Lorena method for measuring, but these amounts are very close. 

Put the grape-seed oil and red wine into the bottom of a large skillet and turn the stove on medium to heat. When the oil is heated, add the stew meat and sprinkle with some of each of the spices, along with some pepper. Stir and then brown the stew meat. Add the onions and allow them to cook with the meat for a few minutes and then add the tomatoes, black beans, baby corn, and spices, turn the heat down to medium low, cover the skillet and allow to simmer while you prepare the zucchini.  Once your zucchini is ready, add it to the skillet along with the chicken broth. Bring back to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1/2 hour.

Ladle some stew into your bowl Top the stew with broken up tortilla chips or for the glutened in your life, saltine crackers (which is what my sweetheart did). If you feel you need to add other garnishes, I can't stop you, but this dish really needs nothing else but you.

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