RECIPE: Slow-cooked Mexican Pulled Beef & Beans on Soft Cheesy Polenta

“This super-slow cooked Mexican spiced beef and beans on soft, cheesy polenta is the antidote to chilly weather. The whole thing is perfect for entertaining as the beef is made completely in advance while the polenta takes just a few minutes before serving. Serve with loads of fresh coriander, and if you like, a sprinkling of thinly sliced red onion for a little contrasting sharp crunch with that soft, spicy beef. Any left-over beef also makes a great filling for quesadillas, tacos or burritos along side fresh tomato and avocado with a little sour cream and an extra squirt of hot sauce.” – From The Kitchen
1.4 kilos beef brisket
2 tbs chipotle hot sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large dried ancho chilli (quite mild)
1 red onion, finely chopped
5 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp chilli powder
800g peeled chopped tomatoes
400g can black beans, drained
400g kidney beans, drained
extra chipotle hot sauce to taste
1/2 cup coriander leaves to garnish
1/4 red onion, finely sliced, to garnish
Brush the beef all over with hot sauce then bung in the slow cooker and cook for at least 8 hours, and up to 10. Leave to cool in juices. (This can be done the day before!) Put dried chilli in a small bowl and cover with 1/2 cup of boiling water. Leave for half an hour to soften, then remove stalk and whiz to form a dark, softly smoky paste. Heat olive oil in a large heavy based pot and cook onion for 8-10 minutes. Add ancho chilli paste, garlic, paprika, cumin, oregano and chilli powder and cook for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for 30 minutes, add beans and cook a further 30 minutes. At this point the flavours will be quite grunty, but they will be softened with the addition of the beef. Add the beef back into the slow cooker to warm through for half an hour then shred and add to the bean mix with the beef cooking juices. Mix to combine, then if desired add a little more chipotle sauce. Serve on soft polenta with a good sprinkling of coriander and I like a little extra red onion for the sharp crunch – optional of course! This mixture is also awesome rolled up in burritos, or even rolled up in burrito wraps, smothered in buffalo mozzarella and tasty cheese, a drizzle of chipotloe and oven-baked 🙂
500g quick-cooking polenta
1 litre water
1 litre milk
plenty of sea salt and black pepper
1 cup grated tasty cheese
50g butter, cubed
Heat water and milk in a large pot until almost boiling. Add polenta in a steady stream, whisking constantly as you do. Continue stirring on a low heat for about 3 minutes. Add cheese and butter and season well with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


Pulled Beef
Via From The Kitchen


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