Braised Mole Beef Tacos
The ancient coupling of chiles and cocoa provides rich, complex flavor to braised
mole beef. For a simple twist on this authentic Mexican dish, spoon beef into lightly
crisped tortilla and top with traditional Mole garnishes.
1 tablespoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection Chile Pepper, Ancho
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection Chile Pepper, Chipotle
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection Oregano Leaves, Mexican
1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection Cumin, Ground
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2 pounds boneless beef chuck, well trimmed, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup water
1 cup beef broth
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 ounce semi-sweet baking chocolate, broken in half
12 corn tortillas (6-inch)
Mexican crema, crème fraîche or sour cream
Mexican queso fresco, queso añejo (Cotija) or feta cheese, crumbled
Chopped fresh cilantro
Toasted slivered almonds
Mix all Spice Blend ingredients in small bowl. Set aside.
For the Mole Beef, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in 5-quart Dutch oven or
saucepot on medium-high heat.
Add 1/2 of the beef; brown on all sides.
Repeat with remaining beef.
Remove beef. Set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in same Dutch oven on medium heat.
Add onion; cook and stir for 3 minutes.
Add water; stir to loosen browned bits in bottom of pan.
Add beef, beef broth, tomato paste and Spice Blend; mix well. Bring to boil.
Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in chocolate. Simmer, uncovered, 1 hour or until beef is tender and
sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally.
Brush both sides of tortillas lightly with remaining 1 tablespoon oil.
Cook each tortilla in nonstick skillet on medium heat 1 minute per side
or until tortilla is slightly crisp but still pliable.
Drain on paper towels.
Spoon about 1/4 cup Mole Beef into center of each tortilla.
Top with desired garnishes.
Fold and serve.
Yield: 6 (2 taco) servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
For 1 serving Calories: 475 Sodium: 351mg Fat: 27g Carbohydrates: 32g Cholesterol:
85mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 26g
Recipe and photo credit: McCormick.
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