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Recipe: ancho spiced beef stew

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Ancho spiced beef stew serving suggestion

ancho spiced beef stew

Looking for a new take on Beef Stew? Slightly spicy ancho chilies add a burst of flavor to beef and hearty sweet potatoes. Top with your favorite fixings.


  • 2 pounds beef Shoulder Roast Boneless, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 dried ancho chiles
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 to 15 oz each) spicy diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, but into 3/4-inch pieces
  • chopped red onion
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • dairy sour cream
  • fresh lime wedges


  1. Remove and discard stems and seeds from chiles. Pour boiling water over chiles in medium bowl; let stand 20 minutes or until chiles are softened. Drain chilies, reserving 1/2 cup of liquid. Place chiles, reserved 1/2 cup liquid, cornmeal and 1/2 teaspoon salt in food processor container. Cover; process
  2. Coat beef with cumin. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in stockpot over medium heat until hot. Brown half of beef; remove from stockpot. Repeat with remaining oil and beef. Pour off drippings; return beef to stockpot. Add tomatoes and ancho chile mixture to stockpot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1-3/4 hours.
  3. Add sweet potatoes to stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and continue cooking 25 to 30 minutes or until sweet potatoes and beef are fork-tender, stirring once.
  4. Serve stew with Toppings, as desired

    Cook's Tip: Two cans diced chili-style tomatoes may be substituted for spicy tomatoes.

Nutrition information per serving: 286 calories; 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat); 57 mg cholesterol; 549 mg sodium; 20 g carbohydrate; 4.1 g fiber; 26 g protein; 8.6 mg niacin; 0.6 mg vitamin B6; 2.6 mcg vitamin B12; 4.9 mg iron; 26.3 mcg selenium; 5.7 mg zinc; 92.3 mg choline.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of fiber and choline.