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Shredded Beef Filling for Enchiladas


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  • 1 3-pound beef brisket
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 14-ounce can beef broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 8 tortillas


Servings 8
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 210mins


Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°F. Trim fat from brisket. In a bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Sprinkle spice mixture evenly overall sides of brisket; rub with your fingers. Place brisket in a shallow roasting pan. Top with onions; pour broth and vinegar over meat. Roast, covered, for 3 hours or until meat is fork-tender. Let meat stand in cooking liquid for 15 minutes. Remove meat. Using a slotted spoon, remove onions and set aside, reserving cooking liquid. Halve meat crosswise. When meat is cool enough to handle, use forks to pull meat apart into shreds. Place shredded meat in a serving bowl. Stir onions into meat. Stir in enough of the reserved cooking liquid (1/2 to 1 cup) to moisten meat. If desired, use remaining cooking liquid to make Chile Enchilada Sauce (recipe below)

To assemble: Pre-heat oven to 350F

In the center of each tortillas place about 1/3 cup filling, then carefully roll up the filled tortilla. Place sauce, enchiladas, and cheese in a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Bake enchiladas, covered, in a 350F oven about 25 minutes or until heated through. Uncover and cook another 5 minutes for browning cheese.

In a bowl, combine two 10-ounce cans enchilada sauce and 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid from Shredded Chicken Filling or Shredded Beef Filling (see recipes, left) or Vi cup vegetable broth. Stir in one 4-ounce can diced green chile peppers. Spread V2 cup sauce in a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Add enchiladas and top with remaining sauce. Cover; bake in a 350°F oven until heated through. Sprinkle enchiladas with l/2 cup cheese; bake, uncovered, for 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted or Cotija cheese, if using, is softened and lightly browned. Makes 8 servings.

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