Ancho-Spiced Beef Stew
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Serves: 6
  • 2 pounds grass fed beef shoulder roast boneless, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 dried ancho chiles
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) spicy diced tomatoes
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • Toppings: Chopped red onion, chopped fresh cilantro, sour cream, lime wedges (optional)
  1. Remove and discard stems and seeds from chiles. Pour boiling water over chiles in medium bowl; let stand 20 minutes or until chiles are softened. Drain chilies, reserving ½ cup of liquid. Place chiles, reserved ½ cup liquid, cornmeal and ½ teaspoon salt in food processor container. Cover; process until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Season beef with cumin. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in stockpot over medium heat until hot. Brown half of beef; remove from stockpot. Repeat with remaining oil and beef. Pour off drippings; return beef to stockpot. Add tomatoes and ancho chile mixture to stockpot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Add sweet potatoes to stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and continue cooking 25 to 30 minutes or until beef and sweet potatoes are fork-tender, stirring once.
  4. Serve stew with Toppings, as desired.
Recipe adapted from information provided by The Beef Checkoff Program.
Recipe by SunFed Ranch at