We just came home from Mexico and had a snow storm right away. This screams for a Mexican Beef Stew, right? A hearty Mexican Beef Stew topped with delicious avocado, spicy jalapeño, crispy tortilla and juicy lime wedges.
Have you ever tried drizzling lime juice into your beef stew? No? You’ve missed out big time. This is the most delicious thing on earth. I’ve never made a Mexican-Style beef stew before so it was about time and the best discovery was how wonderful lime juice tastes in a beef stew.
How to make beef stew from scratch
Despite what many may think, making beef stew from scratch is actually super easy. There are many ways to make beef stew and the hardest and messiest in my opinion is searing the beef cubes first, so we won’t do that because in my opinion that’s so not necessary. No searing needed. Keep your kitchen clean, your hands unburnt and your prep time as short as possible. The hardest part about preparing this Mexican Beef Stew is sitting around waiting for it to be ready.
Just fry your onion a little, add all the liquid, bring it to a boil over medium-high heat and THEN then the beef cubes. No worries, the meat will not be dry. It will be soft and absolutely delicious. Adding the beef cools down the liquid a little and the boil might seize for a couple seconds but once it’s bubbling again you add carrots, celery and spices, reduce the heat to low, cover and…..relaxxxx. Yup, that’s all. It takes about 10 minutes to do all this and then you just play the waiting game. I recommend getting busy or watching a movie because the amazing smell will kill you and you will want to eat the stew way before it’s ready ;)
How to turn a beef stew into a Mexican Beef Stew
Now this Mexican Beef Stew recipe isn’t a heritage recipe. I can’t call it “authentic” because honestly I don’t know if there even exists THE one and only Mexican Beef Stew. However, there are obviously several ingredients very very common in Mexican cuisine and adding them to the beef stew gives it that special taste that make Mexican cuisine so special. First of all add some ground coriander to the stew to infuse the broth with this delicious spice. Then, add diced avocado, a couple slices jalapeño pepper, crispy fried corn tortilla stripes and a hand full fresh coriander and at the end the best part: fresh lime juice drizzled all over.
If you prefer lamb over beef, you may want to check out this out of this world Peruvian Lamb Stew :)