Machaca Beef
In Tex-Mex cuisine, an adapted version of the traditional machaca is a staple that can be served alone with tortillas and taco fixings, or as the basis for many other dishes.
Machaca Beef
2-3 lb Chuck Roast or Skirt Steak, trimmed and cut into 1/4 lb portions.
1 Large Texas Sweet Onion (yellow onion) diced
1/2 green bell pepper diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
1 Fresh Jalapeno Pepper, minced
1 14oz can diced tomatoes or tomatoes with green chilies
1/4 cup beef broth
1 Tb dried oregano
1 Tb ground cumin
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce such as Tabasco
salt and pepper to taste
Vegetable oil for searing the beef

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
Juice of two limes
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 salt
1/2 black pepper
1/2 vegetable oil or olive oil
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to form an emulsion.
  2. Add the beef making sure every piece is evenly coated.
  3. Cover and refrigerate over night.
  4. Before preparing, drain thoroughly
  5. Allow meat to come up to room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  1. In a large soup pot, heat a few tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat until very hot.
  2. Sear the beef a few pieces at a time to develop a rich brown color on all sides. (Do this in several batches if the pot is too crowded.)
  3. When all the beef is browned nicely and remove from the pan, add the onions, peppers, and garlic to the hot pan.
  4. Sauté for a few minutes then add the remaining ingredients to the pan along with the beef.
  5. Bring to a boil, scraping the browned bits off the bottom of the pan.
  6. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer slowly for about 2 hours. Simmer until the meat is vertender and easily falls apart when pricked with a fork.
  7. Remove from heat, remove meat to a cutting board and shred with a pair of forks.
  8. Return to the pot and bring to a simmer, uncovered.
  9. Reduce the liquid until very thick, almost dry.
  10. At this point, adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper, and whatever additional heat you want to add if any.
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