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Chile & Beer Braised Brisket

March/April 2008

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Brisket, a naturally tough cut, becomes meltingly tender braised in beer and chiles. Try this with corn tortillas or as a filling for enchiladas or tamales. Or serve simply with rice and a green salad.



READER'S COMMENT:
"We love this! I have the butcher trim off SOME of the fat but not all, because the first one was incredibly dry. I also spoon the sauce over the top several times during the cooking process and then slice off the fat after it's done...
Chile & Beer Braised Brisket Recipe

Makes: 8 servings, about 3/4 cup each

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Ingredients

  • 6 dried New Mexico, Anaheim or ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Mexican lager, such as Corona or Dos Equis
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 pounds trimmed flat, first-cut brisket, (see Shopping Tip)
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans, rinsed

Preparation

  1. Tear chiles into 1-inch pieces and place in a large bowl. Cover with hot water and let sit until softened, at least 20 minutes. Drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place tomatoes and their juices, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and the drained chile pieces in a food processor. Process until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in beer.
  3. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add brisket and brown on all sides, about 6 minutes total. Pour the chile sauce over the meat and bring to a simmer.
  4. Cover, transfer to the oven and bake for 2 hours. Stir in beans and continue baking until the meat is fall-apart tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour more.
  5. Transfer the meat to a cutting board and pull apart into long shreds using two forks. Stir the shredded meat back into the sauce.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Shopping Tip: “Flat, first-cut brisket” is a far better choice for healthy eating than the fattier point cut. If the briskets at your store aren't labeled as such, ask the butcher to help you select the right cut. You'll need 2 pounds of brisket after it's been trimmed of fat.

Nutrition

Per serving: 282 calories; 9 g fat (2 g sat, 4 g mono); 78 mg cholesterol; 19 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 30 g protein; 6 g fiber; 528 mg sodium; 664 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (60% daily value), Zinc (47% dv), Iron (26% dv), Potassium (19% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 4 lean meat


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