Beef Stew | Photo © CiberCuba Cocina
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Beef Stew

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Beef with Potatoes is the Cuban version of Beef Stew, a dish that is eaten almost all over the world. In general, Cubans consume low-quality beef and we must subject it to a strong cooking process to soften it. In this case pressure was not used because the meat was very tender, but if you see fit you can cook this stew in a pressure cooker. The ingredients are very basic, but they provide a spectacular and very Cuban flavor. I hope you enjoy.
  • 500 grams of beef cut into cubes or medium pieces
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 papas
  • 2 small carrots
  • ½ yellow pepper (or whatever you have)
  • 2 tomatoes
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ½ cup broth or water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig of chives or leek garlic
  • 50 ml of oil
  • Salt, pepper, cumin and oregano to taste

Season the beef with salt and pepper. Add cumin and oregano to your liking and let it sit for a few minutes while you work with other ingredients in the recipe.

Ingredients for the Stew / CiberCuba Cocina

Wash the potatoes and carrots. Peel them and cut them into cubes or wheels of similar size. Cut the onion into julienne strips, crush the garlic and cut the pepper into brunoise.

Put a saucepan over medium heat. Add the oil and when it is hot, add the garlic so that it browns and perfumes the fat.

Ingredients for the stew sautéing in oil / CiberCuba Cocina

Once the garlic begins to brown, add the beef. Stir frequently so that they receive heat evenly. When the color tone begins to change, add the cut onion, tomato and pepper. Stir and let cook over medium heat for about 5 min. Then add the potatoes, carrots and bay leaf. Finally, cover everything with the broth or water and the tomato sauce. Mix well and cover.

Stewed before covering to cook over medium heat / CiberCuba Cocina

You can add a pinch of sugar to regulate the acidity of the tomato, although it is not mandatory.

Let it cook covered for approximately 20 minutes. Check that the meat does not dry out too much, in which case you can add more broth.

When the potatoes are soft, you can remove the stew from the heat. Let it rest covered and avoid stirring it so that the potatoes and carrots do not break up too much. Take out the bay leaf, which is not pleasant to find in the mouth.

Veal or Beef Stew with Potatoes / CiberCuba Cocina

Garnish it with finely chopped chives or leek garlic or mountain garlic.

Enjoy your meal!!