New Mexico Beef Stew

This spicy beef and vegetable stew can be made in the slow cooker.

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 mins
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New Mexico Beef Stew
cup cornmeal
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground black pepper
teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1 1/2
pounds boneless beef chuck, cut in 3/4-inch pieces
tablespoons cooking oil
cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2
cups water
cups fresh corn kernels or one 10-ounce package frozen whole kernel corn
28 ounce can whole tomatoes, cut up
15 ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
cups chopped, peeled celery root, or 1 cup sliced celery
fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
  1. In a large plastic bag, combine cornmeal, salt, black pepper, and thyme. Add half of the meat cubes; shake to coat.
  2. In a Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat; add coated meat cubes and cook until browned on all sides. Remove meat from pan. Repeat with remaining meat and cornmeal mixture, adding remaining oil, if necessary. Return all meat to Dutch oven; add garlic. Cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 1 hour or until meat is almost tender.
  3. Add corn, undrained tomatoes, chickpeas, celery root, onion, jalapeno peppers, and chipotle pepper. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 25 to 30 minutes more or until meat and vegetables are tender. Makes 6 servings.
From the Test Kitchen
Slow-Cooker Directions:

Brown meat as above, adding garlic with second half of meat. In a 3-1/2, 4-, or 5-quart electric crockery cooker, place corn, chickpeas, celery root, onion, and jalapeno peppers. Add browned beef. Sprinkle with any leftover cornmeal mixture. Using only 1/4 cup water, combine water with tomatoes and chipotle pepper. Pour over beef. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours. (Or, cook on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.) Stir before serving.

Test Kitchen Tip:

Jalapeno peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, so avoid direct contact as much as possible when working with them. Wear plastic bags over your hands or wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands touch the peppers, wash hands well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts (New Mexico Beef Stew)
    Per serving:
  • 471 kcal cal.,
  • 21 g fat
  • (6 g sat. fat,
  • 73 mg chol.,
  • 962 mg sodium,
  • 42 g carb.,
  • 8 g fiber,
  • 30 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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