Carne Guisada, Beef Enchiladas and Spanish Rice

Ingredients :

For Carne Guisada:
3 lbs stew meat
1 tablespoon oil (lard, bacon grease, etc)
1 medium onion, diced
1 small green bell pepper, diced (optional)
3 tablespoons tomato sauce or 1 large tomato, diced
1 teaspoon garlic powder or 3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup water or chicken stock
AUTHENTIC BEEF ENCHILADAS:
1 pound ground beef
• 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
• 1/2 teaspoon Salt
• 3/4 teaspoon Cumin
• 1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
• 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
• 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
• 1/4 cup tomato sauce
HOMEMADE ENCHILADA SAUCE
• 1/4 cup oil or butter, canola, vegetable, or avocado oil
• 1/4 cup all purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon onion powder
• 2 teaspoons ground cumin
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1 tablespoon chili powder
• 2 cups beef broth, LOW or NO SODIUM
• 1 tablespoon tomato paste
ENCHILADAS
• 1/4 cup canola oil
• 12-15 white corn tortillas
• 1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded

Directions:

For Carne Guisada:
In a large pan, brown the stew meat, onions and green pepper (if using) over high heat.
Add the tomato sauce (or tomato), garlic powder (or fresh garlic), cumin, salt and pepper and stir well.
Sprinkle the flour over the meat and mix well. Add the water (or stock) and mix well so there are no lumps.
Bring to a boil, cover pan and reduce heat to low. Cook for 1 ½ hours, or until meat is tender.
Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
AUTHENTIC BEEF ENCHILADAS:
Ground Beef
• Cook the ground beef over medium heat. Break the beef up while it cooks, cook until browned and no longer pink.
• Turn the heat off. Drain the grease. Add the seasonings to the meat, stir to combine. Then stir in the tomato sauce. Set aside.
Homemade Enchilada Sauce:
• Heat the oil or butter in a medium size skillet over medium heat.
• Add in the flour and stir to mix. Will be a thick mixture. Allow this to cook for just 1-2 minutes.
• Add in the spices. Stir to form a thick paste.
• Stir in the broth and tomato paste. Stir until smooth. Continue to heat to just below a simmer, sauce will thicken slightly.
Enchiladas:
• Preheat oven to 350℉ degrees.
• Spread enchilada sauce into the bottom of a glass 9×13 baking dish. Set aside.
• Heat vegetable or canola oil over medium heat in a medium size skillet.
• Once the oil is hot enough to bubble up when a tortilla is dipped in, gently lay the tortilla into the oil using tongs. Allow the tortilla to cook in the oil for about 10-15 seconds, then flip and cook the other side. (Tortillas will not be browned and crisp, we still want them flexible)
• Once all tortillas have been fried, dip into the enchilada sauce. Or brush the sauce on.
• Lay the tortilla down and add a spoonful of ground beef and a small sprinkle of cheese.
• Roll the tortillas and lay into a baking dish, seam side down. Continue until the dish is filled.
• Spread leftover sauce over the top of the enchiladas. Sprinkle with leftover shredded cheese.
• Bake for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
Enjoy !!

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