This is an easy Tejano version of the classic Carne Guisada (Stewed Beef), a recipe that has been passed down for several generations. Made on the stove or in the slow cooker, this meat is perfect for tacos, burrito bowls, salad, etc. Or pick it all out of the pot with your fingers, I’m not gonna judge.
Brushing toddler’s teeth really ought to be given an honorary-Olympic-event title. I’m not saying it should BE an Olympic event, because no sane person with children really wants to relive those kind of memories.
But you know how universities hand out honorary degrees to Important People sometimes? The Olympics should have that. And Toddler-Teeth-Brushing should be first on the list. (next would be “Shopping at Costco with Multiple Children.”)
Brushing kid’s teeth is not just about prying their mouth open. Round these parts it starts with a warm up chase, then a tackle, then what I like to call the Death Grip, in which one must use both legs, arms, and elbows to straddle and secure all toddler appendages. I personally prefer the Cross-Chest-Forearm-Pin.
Then, by the time you have prodded them enough to get them to open their mouth, they are mad, and start to scream at you with real tears. And that’s the easy part. Brushing a crying kids mouth is easy. You can get way in there.
The other day I went through this ordeal with Truman, and when I finally freed him, he immediately bent down, scooped a tortilla chip off the ground, and ate it. Toddler: 1 Mom: 0.
You guys remember these Traditional Tejano Pinto Beans? I’ve got the sister recipe for you today. This Carne Guisada is another recipe from my brother-in-law’s Tejana grandmother. It is so simple, and so good. All of the ingredients are pantry items that I always have on hand, except the meat, and even that I sometimes have tucked away in the freezer. Next time you see stew beef on sale, stock up.
The original recipe is simmered on the stovetop for a few hours. It’s really low maintenance, but you do have to be home to babysit it a little. I figured out a way to do it in the crockpot; all you have to do is omit most of the water called for.
My sister Laura made this for my whole family over Christmas. We were staying in a hostel near San Francisco with a community kitchen. One of the staff members followed his nose to the kitchen and asked if we were making Carne Guisada. “Are you guys from Texas?” he said. I was pretty amazed that he could identify what we were making (and that we must be Texan) just from the smell. We all went on a short hike that afternoon, and promised him some of the goods if he would tend the pot for us while we were away. I think he was pretty stoked.
Do note that this is a recipe for Carne Guisada, which directly translated means “Stewed Beef.” It’s not meant to be shredded. It is bitesize pieces of meat in a thick gravy. If you make this in the crock pot, make sure you don’t accidentally break up the meat too much by over-stirring.
To serve this authentically, put the meat, some rice, cheese, and guacamole in a warm flour tortilla, with these beans on the side. This is my favorite way to eat it, but I also think it would be amazing in burrito bowls, enchiladas, topping a huge salad, in a quesadilla…or just solo with a fork.
Source: my sister Laura’s husband Adam’s paternal grandmother, who came from a long line of Tejanos.
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