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Beef Au Jus

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Ingredients 11
  • Servings 6
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Ingredients

6
bacon slices, cut in 1-inch pieces
1
lb beef, cut in small pieces
8
cups water
4
medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cubed
2
cups pinto beans, cooked
1
handful coriander
Salt, to taste
1
teaspoon chicken consommé

For garnish:

1/2
red onion, finely chopped
1/4
cup coriander, finely chopped
Tomatillo sauce (with serrano pepper or chile de árbol)

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
568.5
% Daily Value
Total Fat
16.8g
26%
Saturated Fat
5.6g
28%
Cholesterol
67.1mg
22%
Sodium
670.3mg
28%
Total Carbohydrate
68.6g
23%
Dietary Fiber
14.9g
60%
Sugars
3.2g
Protein
37.4g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
56%
56%
Calcium
14%
14%
Iron
37.40%
37%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information for this recipe is estimated using a leading nutrition calculation application, but is an estimate only.  Actual nutrition values will vary based on the exact ingredients or brands you may use.

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You can swap out the pinto beans for canned, whole beans.

Directions

  • 1 In a large saucepan, cook the pieces of bacon over medium-high heat until golden brown. Reduce heat to a simmer and carefully pour the grease into a heat-resistant container. Add the beef, cover and cook the beef in its own juices for 8-10 minutes.
  • 2 Increase heat to high and add the 8 cups of water, potatoes, cooked beans, and the handful of coriander. Season with salt, to taste, and the chicken consommé.
  • 3 Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes until the potatoes are completely cooked and the meat tender.
  • 4 For garnish: To serve, garnish the plates with the red onion, chopped coriander and the tomatillo sauce of your preference. Serve with corn tortillas and enjoy!

Beef au jus, or beef it its juice, is a traditional dish from the beautiful state of Jalisco; a simple beef broth with potatoes and bacon. This dish is dear to my heart, since it was the first meal we ate when we moved to Mexico. After a long day of travel from the United States with my husband and my two little ones, I began to doubt our decision to come to Mexico. To distract myself from my anxious nerves and all the thoughts that were swimming around my mind, I sat down to eat a bowl of broth that my sister-in-law had prepared for us. The flavor of the broth was super comforting, featuring a combination of ingredients I had grown up with all my life: a touch of coriander, bacon, potatoes and beef. It was thanks to this beef au jus that my nerves were calmed on such a stressful day, because when I was reminded of the traditions, foods and culture of my childhood, I knew everything was going to be alright.

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Leslie Limon Leslie Limon
September 24, 2015

Beef au jus, or beef it its juice, is a traditional dish from the beautiful state of Jalisco; a simple beef broth with potatoes and bacon. This dish is dear to my heart, since it was the first meal we ate when we moved to Mexico. After a long day of travel from the United States with my husband and my two little ones, I began to doubt our decision to come to Mexico. To distract myself from my anxious nerves and all the thoughts that were swimming around my mind, I sat down to eat a bowl of broth that my sister-in-law had prepared for us. The flavor of the broth was super comforting, featuring a combination of ingredients I had grown up with all my life: a touch of coriander, bacon, potatoes and beef. It was thanks to this beef au jus that my nerves were calmed on such a stressful day, because when I was reminded of the traditions, foods and culture of my childhood, I knew everything was going to be alright.