3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/4 pounds well-marbled beef chuck, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
1 large onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1 1/2 pounds pumpkin (or other winter squash, such as kabocha), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch chunks
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 3/4 cups cooked pinto beans (one 15-ounce can, rinsed)
The difference between a tender beef stew and a tough one has to do with the cut of meat. Although shopping for the beef can be a bit tricky, it doesn't have to be. Simply look for chuck, a cut that is well marbled, with veins of fat that melt during cooking and render the meat moist and tender. Don't be fooled into buying something called "stew meat," because you'll have no way of knowing what cut or cuts of beef you are buying. You also should stay away from cuts called "top round" or "bottom round" (even though many recipes call for it), because it is too lean to end up tender when it's cooked. For a variation on this stew: Once the stew is finished cooking, add enough broth to make it soupy. Stir in a 10-ounce package of frozen corn kernels and a couple of handfuls of toasted tortilla chips. Serve with hot sauce on the side. Another variation is to use pork shoulder instead of beef and black beans instead of pinto beans. Swap in a green bell pepper for the red and serve with lime wedges and chopped cilantro on the side.
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