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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