We very much enjoy the taste of the South West around our house. Even if we DO live in the North West. Maybe that’s why?
Tonight I have made a South West beef stew, a South West salad and some South West corn bread muffins. All together, you have a South West Supper!
I started with the stew so it would have some time to get acquainted. I have to warn you that this stew will seem remarkably similar to chili. That’s cause it most is the same only instead of ground beef I used stewing beef.
So in your dutch oven, brown in a few splashes of oil:
- cubes of stewing beef dredged in a little flour ( or whatever protein you are into)
Once they are browned on all sides, remove to a resting bowl. Then add to the pot:
- 1 large onion sliced and or cubed
- 1/2 of 1 large red pepper cubed
- 1 small carrot cubed
Try to keep all of these things the same size of cube for consistency.
Cook these till they are nice and sweaty looking and then add:
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp paprika ( smoky adds more flavour)
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 – 1 tsp chili flakes ( depending on your tolerance)
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- 3-4 cloves minced fresh garlic
Feel free to use more or less of anything depending on your taste.
Mix those into the vegetables well, then return the meat to the pot with any juices that may have collected. Stir it all well.
- 1 small tin tomato paste
- aprox 1 cup water or stock
Stir, cover and let come up to a boil, stir again and turn down to a simmer.
Shortly before serving add:
- 1/2 can rinsed black beans
Stir in and turn off heat.
While your stew is simmering you can put together your South West Salad.
Add together is a bowl:
- the other half of the can or black beans
- 1/2 a can of nibblet corn ( keep other half for corn bread)
- the other half of the red pepper diced ( same size as corn and beans)
- 2 green onions ( green part only) sliced on the diagonal
- 1 large handful of fresh cilantro finely chopped
- 1 tsp ground cumin
Toss all that together.
Just before serving add:
- 1 ripe avocado diced
- juice of 1 whole lime
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- S & P to taste
Toss again and serve.
Put these two dishes together with some nice corn bread muffins to soak up the sauce and you’ve got yourself a tasty South West Supper!