An unctuous Mexican Beef Stew with a touch of heat made with a Mole-style sauce and tender beef cubes served with tortilla chips, corn and parsley.
I was browsing the Web last week and saw lots of stews and Mexican food around… it made me want them both badly… so I’ve decided to merge them into one nice stew meal; a Mexican Stew. The two are comforting and fabulous dishes for winter times, but this stew version is double the comfort; it’s a “French” way stew with the usual; carrot, potato, beef, and mini french onions merged into a spicy Mole-style sauce for a Mexican flair; adding Chipotle peppers in Adobo, tomato puree, chocolate, corn and some cinnamon, cumin and coriander powder. Result: A fantastic Mexican Beef Stew!
The mole sauce is a thick spicy Mexican sauce made with chocolate and hot peppers. Since my maximal tolerance toward “spicy” is medium-hot, I’ve aimed at medium-hot for this dish as well but feel free to add more chipotle peppers if you like it “super hot.” Those chipotle peppers are mild, with only 3000 SHU / 10000 SHU on the Scoville scale, so this meal suits many. Plus, they come in an adobo marinade, a tomato, garlic and spices paste, fitting perfectly with the stew. Another particularity of the Chipotle peppers is their smokey notes since they smoked them before being marinated.
The Chocolate Factor
This isn’t a joke; dark chocolate is the best thickener for stews. Here are three main reasons why you need to use it:
- Because it’s an all-natural thickener, there is no need for that extra flour or starch to thicken the sauce.
- It gives the sauce this deep rich hazelnut colour, making it irresistible.
- Dark chocolate has plenty of health benefits; it lowers bad cholesterol, may lower blood pressure, is an excellent source of antioxidants, protects the skin from the sun, and even has an antibacterial effect on your teeth, etc.
Let’s say it’s excellent news for our general health. This Mexican stew doesn’t contain more than 50g of dark chocolate, although it looks like it contains lots because of its thick consistency. It’s half a small bar of dark chocolate, no more and no worries; the flavour is subtle.
The toppings are up to you; I wanted to make it extra Mexican looking, so I’ve added some corn grains, tortilla chips, and parsley. Those are all optional, of course. Also, I’ve boiled the potatoes on the side, but some people might prefer serving this dish with rice, which is usually the side dish to mole dishes in Mexico. So it’s all up to you!
Other fun Mexican Dishes
Mexican beef stew
- 500 g beef cubes (4cm )
- 500 ml beef broth (or chicken broth)
- 400 g tomato paste
- 50 g dark chocolate
- 4 canned chipotle peppers in Adobo (6 for more heat)
- 1 tbsp chipotle adobo paste (from the same can as the peppers)
- 8 mini onions (or one big one)
- 3 carrots (in small cubes)
- 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
- 2 tbsp olive oil (any cooking oil)
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- salt and pepper
- Corn grains
- Tortilla chips
- Boiled Potatoes (or rice)
- Start by seasoning the meat with salt and pepper, then in the big pot used for making the stew, brown each side of the meat cubes in olive oil on medium-high heat.
- Add the carrot, mini onions, and garlic, and cook for a minute before adding the beef broth and scratching the bottom bits left by the meat.
- Bring to a simmer.
- During that time in a blender, blend the Chipotle pepper with the Abodo paste it comes in and the tomato paste.
- Add the blended Chipotles to the stew with the spices (cumin, coriander, cinnamon, salt and pepper) and the Worcestershire sauce.
- Let it simmer slowly, half covered, for 1h30.
- In the end, add the chocolate and check the seasonning.
- Serve with a few corn grains, potatoes, parsley and Tortilla chips.
This looks so rich and hearty! Nothing like a few bowls of comfort to get us through the frigid winter months.
It is the perfect remedy to a cold winter night in deed! Thanks
this looks so comforting esp for winter months. i have never been a fan of mole but i am open to trying it again 🙂
It s a really light mole so maybe it s a good place to start with for yourself.
I love a good stew and the addition of chipotle peppers makes this one really stand out! Can’t wait to try it, unfortunately it seems like winter will never end!
This sounds fantastic! I have never made a mole but have always wanted to give it a try.
well it’s not exactly a Mole but it’s similar, a bit lighter!
That stew looks delicious! Perfect for any cool winter evening!
I agree! Thanks for the comment
I love, love Mexican food… This looks so full of flavor and you sold me with the peppers. Thanks for sharing Marie!
It s a pleasure Fred!
Ok…we LOVE Mexican food. This screams flavour…especially the mole. Sounds like a fun dish to make on the weekend. The leftovers would be great too. Are you a member of Food Bloggers of Canada?? Thought I saw your name pop up!
Yes, I am! I saw you as well! But living abroad…in Spain
Looks really delicious and fully of foodie goodness. Found it really interesting that chocolate is added to the recipe.
make wonders chocolate!
We as a family love mexican food but I have not tried Mexican stew yrt. I should.
Chocolate in a stew? Wow! I’d have never thought about it! I think it’s a unusual touch that I need to try asap! Thank you for the idea! Love all the spices you added, it will definitely be great!
Mole is one of my favorite things! I wouldn’t have thought about using it for stew!
Mmmm that sounds absolutely rich and gorgeous! The ultimate comfort food!
Ultimate is the word! Thanks
What a delicious recipe, I love the idea of adding chocolate for flavour and as a thickener. Perfect for this time of year, thanks for sharing.
Looks fabulous! I usually use chocolate in my stew also, love that tip!
This looks very inviting! 🙂