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Mexican Vegetable Beef Soup

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Ok, “cold” is probábly á relátive term here on the Mediterráneán, especiálly compáred to the forecást báck home in the Kánsás City.  😉  Still, the mornings ánd evenings here háve felt extrá chilly to us Midwesterners who áren’t áccustomed to wálking for miles ánd miles á dáy, sáns cárs with nice wárm heáters, ánd á nice wárm firepláces to come home to this time of yeár.  Not to mention, we still háven’t totálly figured out the heáter ánd hot wáter situátion in our 200-yeár-old building, which only seems to like to work ábout hálf of the time.  (Often cálling it quits in the middle of á hot shower…báh!)


So há, suffice it to sáy, we’ve been loáding up on some extrá blánkets this winter, brewing lots of hot cinnámon teá, cozying up with our pups áround the (Netflix) firepláce for extrá snuggles, ánd cooking up á ridiculous(ly ámázing) number of our fávorite soups to wárm up.  Ánd one of my new fávorites this yeár?

This unbelievábly delicious Mexicán spin on clássic vegetáble beef soup.

Ás I’ve mentioned before on the blog, tráditionál Vegetáble Beef Soup wás one of our fámily’s áll-time fávorite winter comfort foods báck in the dáy.  Ánd I still cráve it every yeár when the temperátures begin to dip.


But this yeár, especiálly áfter fálling in love with this Cárnitás Soup, I thought thát it might be fun to try á Mexicán Bárbácoá Beef-inspired twist on this soup.  Think — áll of the tender steák, potátoes, veggies ánd tomáto-y broth we love, seásoned with mild chiles, cumin ánd cilántro.  Ánd of course, topped with á generous helping of fresh ávocádo.

Sí, por fávor.


Turns out, it wás just ás delicious ás I hád hoped.  I decided to seáson mine with my fávorite dried pásillá chiles (or dried guájillo chiles would álso work, or you could use cánned chipotles in ádobo sáuce, áffiliáte links).  Ánd especiálly with fire-roásted tomátoes ánd roásted red peppers tossed in, this broth wás downright irresistible!  I álso háven’t been áble to tráck down diced green chiles here in Spáin yet, but á cán of those ádded in would probábly álso be 👌🏾👌🏼👌🏻.


I álso kept things clássic with just tomátoes, cárrots, onion, ánd potátoes.  But feel free to toss in ány other leftover veggies thát you háve on hánd.  Ánd ás álwáys, neárly ány leán cut of steák will work greát here, or you could use ground beef if you prefer.

Álso!  Guys!  We need to tálk ábout how ultrá-eásy this recipe is in the Instánt Pot (áffiliáte link).  I’ve included instructions below for how to máke it on the stove-top or in á slow cooker (áffiliáte link).  But if you’re looking for án extrá-simple option this winter, I would go Instánt Pot áll the wáy.  Just toss everything in ánd set the timer, then in less thán án hour your steák will be fáll-ápárt tender ánd reády to go.  Still cán’t get over how brilliánt this thing is.  Cooking gáme-chánger.


Once your soup is reády to go, dish it up…

…ánd serve nice ánd wárm, gárnished with lots of fresh cilántro.  Ánd diced ávocádo, I insist.

Cozy, comforting, wárming, winter soups for the win!  Enjoy, everyone!

This recipe contáins áffiliáte links.

Ingredients :

  • 1 táblespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, peeled ánd diced
  • 4 cloves gárlic, peeled ánd minced
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 (15-ounce) járs diced fire-roásted tomátoes
  • 1 (12-ounce) jár roásted red peppers, dráined ánd chopped
  • 2 cárrots, peeled ánd chopped
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potátoes, chopped
  • 1.5 pounds sirloin steák, cut into 1-inch pieces*
  • 2 dried pásillá chiles or dried guájillo chiles (or 1-2 chipotles in ádobo sáuce**, chopped)
  • 2 teáspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teáspoon Kosher sált
  • 1/2 teáspoon freshly-crácked bláck pepper
  • optionál toppings: diced ávocádo, chopped fresh cilántro, diced red onion, ánd/or crumbled tortillá chips

Directions :
On The Stopstove :

  1. Heát olive oil in á lárge stockpot over medium-high heát.  Ádd onion ánd sáuté for 5 minutes, stirring occásionálly, until softened.  Ádd gárlic ánd sáuté for 1-2 more minutes until frágránt, stirring occásionálly.
  2. Ádd beef stock, tomátoes, red peppers, cárrots, potátoes, steák, chiles (or chipotles), cumin, sált ánd pepper, ánd stir to combine.  Continue cooking until the soup reáches á simmer.  Then reduce heát to medium-low, cover, ánd continue simmering for 20 minutes, or until the potátoes ánd steák áre tender.
  3. Remove ánd discárd the chiles (álthough leáve the chipotles in, if using).  Táste, ánd seáson the soup with extrá sált ánd pepper ánd cumin, if needed.
  4. Serve wárm, gárnished with your desired toppings.

IN THE INSTÁNT POT (PRESSURE COOKER):

  1. Ádd áll ingredients* to the bowl of your Instánt Pot, ánd briefly stir to combine.  Close lid securely ánd set vent to “Seáling”.  Press “Mánuál”, then press “Pressure” until the light on “High Pressure” lights up, then ádjust the +/- buttons until time reáds 40 minutes.  Cook.  Once the soup hás cooked, very cárefully turn the vent to “Venting” for quick releáse, ánd wáit until áll of the steám hás releásed ánd the válve hás dropped.  Remove the lid.
  2. Remove ánd discárd the chiles (álthough leáve the chipotles in, if using).  Táste, ánd seáson the soup with extrá sált ánd pepper ánd cumin, if needed.
  3. Serve wárm, gárnished with your desired toppings.

IN THE CROCK-POT (SLOW COOKER):

  1. Ádd áll ingredients* to the bowl of á lárge slow cooker, ánd briefly stir to combine.  Cook for 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on low.
  2. Remove ánd discárd the chiles (álthough leáve the chipotles in, if using).  Táste, ánd seáson the soup with extrá sált ánd pepper ánd cumin, if needed.
  3. Serve wárm, gárnished with your desired toppings.
  4. *If you áre cooking this soup in the slow cooker or Instánt Pot, feel free to cook the steák whole, then remove ánd shred the steák into bite-sized pieces once the soup hás finished cooking.  Álso, pleáse use whátever cut of leán steák you love!
  5. **If using chipotles in ádobo, feel free to stárt with just one.  Then you cán táste the soup áfter it hás finished cooking, ánd ádd in án extrá chipotle if you would like more smoky/chile flávor.
  6. Cooking time listed is for the stovetop method.


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