Friday, September 19, 2008

Carne Guisada Con Chile y Papas

This is a delicous Mexican dish. I love it. The reason I love it lots is because it has cubed fried potatoes YUM I love potatoes and any starchy veggie and it combines it with flavorful pieces of beef cooked in what I consider a "Mexican sofrito" (chili pepper, onion, and tomato)

Every now and then I am fortunate enough to have my mother share her Mexican recipes and time with me in the kitchen. I try to learn always help her because I discover more about my Mexican heritages food, and even though I am not as knowledgable in the Mexican kitchen as I am in the Cuban I can still defend myself thanks to my mother haha.

-4 medium potatoes diced into medium cubes
-1 1/2 pounds "Beef for carne asada" cut into little bite sized pieces, good choices would be "Carne Ranchera" which I think is "beef flap meat" or "flank steak" as well as "beef sirloin steak" make sure to ask butcher to cut it thin like 1/4 inch thick. Any type of quick cooking tender cut of beef will do.
-1 medium onion minced
-2 large tomatoes diced
-1 serrano or jalapeño green chili pepper minced (if you can't get it where you live any small or medium sized spicy green colored chili will do the job)
-2-6 cloves of garlic minced (it depends how much you like garlic in my house we used 4 for this)
-1/2 a bunch of cilantro washed, stems removed and minced
-salt and pepper or your favorite steak seasoning (my mother uses for Mexican cooking a meat seasoner called "Chef Merito" steak seasoning that comes in a redish bottle. It's a blend of salt, sugar, oregano, cumin, star anise, paprika, monosodium glutamine, onion powder, and garlic powder)
-oil to deep-fry potatoes and cook meat dish
(1)Heat alot of oil in a large frying pan, enough to pan-fry or deep-fry the cubed potatoes on medium high heat. Add the potatoes and let them fry until golden and cooked. This takes like 20 minutes so I would do all my prep work during this.
(2)Now take potatoes out, drain, put on a plate with napkins to soak excess oil and set aside.
(3)Pour some of the oil out and leave enough to cook rest of dish. Season the meat with salt and pepper or steak seasoning. Mix well. Now add in one layer and don't touch it let it brown on high heat, now when it starts releasing it's juices, drain some of them out and set it aside (about 1/2-1 cup of it) now stir and wait until the juices evaporate this will intensify the flavor.
(4)Add minced onions and chili pepper cook until onions are translucent, add garlic and cook until garlic is fragrant, now add tomato and cook until tomato cooks down a bit and releases juices.
(5)At this point add fried cubed potatoes, fold in well while adding the juices you set aside that the meat released during cooking so the potatoes can soak some of the flavor, now fold in cilantro gently. Your done very simple and delicious.

Oh on seperate notice, let's move on to the AWARDS. Nuria from "Spanish Recipes" awarded me with the "I Heart You Blog" Award. I feel so good inside, I am glad that I am able to share what I love to cook and that others enjoy it thank you Nuria and anyone who enjoys my recipes and stories.

"The rules are as follow:

1) Add the logo of the award to your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you (as shown above).
3) Nominate at least seven other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.So the ones that I am choosing are the ones that I read all of the time and have actually become "friends" with most of them.

And the blogs I Do Love are:"
(1)Pilar Lechuza's blog called "La Cocina de Lechuza" a blog that focuses on home style traditional Galician food all the way from Galicia, Spain. If it wasn't for that blog I would have never been motivated to start trying to make "Empanadas and Empanadillas" she is the Queen of Galician Empanadas and Empanadillas (types of meat pies)

(2)Nuria's blog called "Spanish Recipes" she cooks all sorts of Spanish food that she enjoys and I love the personality projected on the blog, she is another great Spanish cook. This is Spanish cooking all the way from Barcelona.

(3)Marilyn and her blog "My Cuban Traumas" this is Cuban food, from a Cubana living in California just like me except she is in Northern California and I am in Southern. She is really good at making desserts, makes some tastey Cuban food to and comes up with interesting twists. I am so grateful to her for sharing her "Cuban Empanada" dough recipe with me and I will be sure to make some "Cuban Empanadas" from scratch thanks to her sometime this moth or in early October.

(4)"Maangchi's Korean Cooking Blog" well the title is self explanitory. Maangchi makes Korean cooking videos. She has categories in her blog with description of ingredients and she makes her recipes as traditional as possible and from what she has learned from her family (I think grandmother) I highly suggest you check it out.

(5)Connie Veneracion a home cook who cooks for her family from "Pinoy Cook" I've never commented her blog (to be honest), but I always lurk around, she cooks a variety of stuff her main focus is Filipino food. She is not afraid to experiment and add her own twists if she feels they are needed and she is very honest about it to which I love.

(6)I also enjoy reading "My Big Fat Cuban American Family" a blog directed by Marta a Cuban American she is the cook for "Babalublog" a Cuban American blog about politics regarding Cubans. She always has interesting post, some food related, others family, and just about her life. She is also a Cuban living in California (Southern Cali). I love reading her stories full of joy and family as well as some of her cooking. I have to admit she makes one of the best Cuban "Fricassee de Pollo" I have my family recipe for it to, but I cannot compare them they are both distinct, hers is what is expected from a Cuban Fricasse it is sweet and sour and very well balanced. My families is very savory and shows some Chinese influence (I will leave that for another recipe post)

(7)Lastly I really truly wish this his blog would post recipes more frequently, his content is really high quality, he enjoys Cuban food as well and makes the BEST "Arroz Con Pollo" I have ever had, I learned my "Arroz Con Pollo" from Jose. He is a Cuban foodie from California's bay area. His blog is called "Arroz y Frijoles" probably because it's a Cuban staple (rice and beans)

(8)Another blog that I wish had more posts because I enjoy the one's they post is called "Cuban Home Cooking Keeping the Tradition Alive" they post once a month a Cuban recipe, the cool thing it's Cuban recipes from friends and family that are Cuban so it's nice to see other Cubans takes on certain dishes and so far many of the dishes have been made by the older generation of Cubans that are good cooks most of the time.


Pilar - Lechuza said...

I thank you very much Nathan for giving me this award. But If you look at the right side of my blog, I say that I don't follow memes nor awards. I apreciate you thinking of me and I very happy for that. I'll link you in my "blogs amigos" because I think you deserve it.
Kisses from Galicia

Nancy said...

Great recipe, I will try it next for dinner. What do you recommend for a side dish?

Nathan said...

Pilar Lechuza,

It's okay you donn't have to follow it, it's just for fun.


There are several ways you can serve it. You can serve it with white rice, beans (any type of bean dish, preferably the "Mexican Pinto Beans), and a salad (if you like eating vegetables).

Another way is serve it with "Arroz Rojo Mexicano" or "Arroz Verde Mexicano" I have the recipe for both in my blog. In addition to the sides I mentioned.

Lastly another nice approach would be you can have tacos, just serve with warm corn tortillas, a homemade hot sauce like "Salsa de Chile de Arbol" or "Salsa de Chule Verde", a side of "Guacamole" and Mexican cream. You can have small bowls with lime wedges for squeezing over the top, radishes cut into flowers in a bowl of water and stuff as garnishes.

I have the recipe for all the stuff I mentioned. I hope you enjoy it.

Hilda said...


Thanks for the award. We're glad you enjoy the recipes...remember Carne Fria is coming up!

Núria said...

Muchas gracias Chico!!! Thanks so much for sending it back :D. You are building a great blog here! Ups, also congrats on being part of the blogroll boy. I'm gonna nominate your blog for the FFFs ;D

I love these kind of dishes too!

Marta said...

Hi Nathan,

Thanks for the blog award - you are so sweet!! I'm glad that you visiting MBFCF. Mi casa es su casa and all that.

After reading through your recipes, I realize that you, sir, are a Latino cooking force to be reckoned with - and that's saying A LOT.

Muchos Besos,

Maria E. Lopez said...

Hello!! I just found your blog (well earlier) I am a newly wed (not really been married for 1 year plus) and do not know many recipes. Today hubby asked for carne con papas. I had no idea what he ment but just said ok I'll do it. My friend google send me to your blog. I tried this recipe today and he like it so much he wants some for lunch tomorrow!! Thank you soooo much!!!

Nathan said...

Maria E. Lopez,
Glad I can be of help, if you ever want to ask me about cooking something or anything you can just email me or message me somehow I'd be glad to help :)

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