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Beef Au Jus

beef au jus Entree Mexican
Beef Au Jus
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Ingredients 11
  • Servings 6

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. MORE + LESS -

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)

Directions

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  • 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!

Expert Tips

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

Nutrition Information

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More About This Recipe

  • 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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