Carne en su Jugo, a traditional Mexican recipe popular in Jalisco and Guadalajara. Typically the beef is slow cooked in water to create a flavorful stock. A blend of cilantro, chiles, onions, garlic and spices are added to the beef with all it’s stock and cooked until tender. Sometimes, like in this version, poached tomatillos are blended and added in for a thicker broth. Beans are added towards the end or ladled into the bowl first before adding some of the Carne en su Jugo. Garnish with cilantro, onion, radishes and avocado. Included in this post are two versions of carne en su jugo. One prepared with tomatillos and pinto beans and the other prepared with roma tomatoes and black beans! Both are delicious and it gives you two options.
Above is the tomato version I prepared of carne en su jugo. Red tomato is not traditional, but it is delicious!
Carne en Su Jugo
- 4 strips of bacon sliced small
- Grapeseed oil if needed
- 1 1/2 pounds skirt, flank or chuck steak sliced into 2 inch chunks
- Garlic powder
- Mexican oregano
- 1 1/2 pounds poached tomatillos
- 1/2 cup cilantro chopped, plus more for garnish
- 1/2 cup onion plus more for garnish
- 2 cloves garlic sliced
- 2 serrano peppers or jalapeño
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 cups water or beef broth
- 2 cups cooked pinto beans in their broth
- 1/3 cup radishes
- 1/3 cup cilantro
- Lime wedges
- 2 Serrano peppers sliced thin or minced
- Avocado slices are also delicious
- Warm corn tortillas a must!
- Add sliced bacon to a deep skillet and heat to medium heat. Cook the bacon until most of the fat renders out and bacon is browned. Season the beef chunks with one teaspoon each of the spices listed. Add the beef to the skillet and sear good and browned on all sides.
- While beef is searing, in the blender, combine the tomatillos, cilantro, onion, garlic, serranos, bay leaves, 2 cups of water or broth, and 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Blend on high until smooth.
- Add the sauce to the beef along with remaining 2 cups of water or broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer. At this time I like to re-season to taste with the spices listed. Cover and continue cooking for 1 hour or until beef is tender. I add in the beans about 20 minutes before serving or you can add some beans into the bottom of bowl, then ladle the beef and sauce over the top. Garnish as you like, with onions, cilantro, radishes and avocado. Serve with warm corn tortillas.
Carne en Su Jugo(Beef Braised in Broth). This version, I switched out the tomatillos for roma tomatoes. I also switched out the pinto beans for black beans. Both versions are equally delicious!
For a lighter broth, you can eliminate using the tomatillos or tomatoes all together, but it really makes the dish more complete. Just my opinion though.