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Carne en su Jugo

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5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Yield 5 (9 cups)
Category Main Course
Cuisine Mexican


A savory brothy beef stew infused with a blend of tomatillos, cilantro and spicy serrano. Cozy, comforting and surprisingly light.


  • 8-12 ounces bacon, diced
  • 2 pounds top sirloin (1 ½ pounds trimmed), strip steak or top round steak
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 5 large tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed and quartered
  • 1 bunch cilantro + more for serving
  • ½ large white onion, quartered
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 serrano, stemmed
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • Diced avocado, cilantro, corn tortillas, thinly sliced radishes and lime wedges for serving


  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper-towel lined plate. Reserve drippings in pot.
    diced bacon cooked in a Dutch oven
  • Thinly slice beef (about ¼ inch thick) then cut into ½-inch pieces; season with kosher salt and pepper.
  • Add beef to pot and cook over medium-low until no longer pink, 10 minutes.
    diced beef cooking in a Dutch oven
  • Add tomatillos, 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and tender stems), onion, garlic, serrano, coriander, 1 teaspoon salt, and 2 cups broth to a blender.
    tomatillos, onion, cilantro and spices in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth on high, about 1 minute.
    green sauce in a blender
  • Add tomatillo sauce and remaining 2 cups broth to pot.
    green sauce in a Dutch oven
  • Bring to a simmer then cover and cook until beef is tender, 35–40 minutes.
    beef in a yellow-green sauce
  • Stir in beans and Worcestershire; season with salt and pepper to taste.
    beans and beef in a yellow-green sauce
  • Top each serving with bacon, avocado, cilantro, and radishes. Serve with corn tortillas and lime wedges


Use as much bacon as you prefer—I opt for 12 ounces, but 8 ounces will also work.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 
Reheat leftovers on the stove top until simmering.
Looking for a side? This Healthy Skillet Cornbread would be delicious! 


Serving: 1 3/4 cupsCalories: 530kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 50gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 1435mgFiber: 6gSugar: 2g
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