This year we are having a long and wet winter in Houston, which I do not appreciate at all. So I try to fight it with hot soups like this Chilean Carbonada.
The Carbonada, a traditional Chilean dish, can be a soup or an entree, I like both versions. It’s the same dish with the same ingredients. This recipe allows you to use leftover roast.
As in all these family recipes, there are many variations. I put Swiss chard in mine because we always have in my family, but it is a choice.
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- 1/2 kilo or 1 pound of minced top sirloin (or eye of round steak)
- 1 onion
- 3 carrots
- 2 stalks celery
- 1/2 bell pepper (red or green, to taste)
- 3 medium red potatoes
- 6 handfuls of rice
- spinach or Swim chard
- salt, pepper, parsley, oil
- Cut meat into cubes, onion into small cubes, same with carrots, pepper, and celery.
- In a large pot, heat one tablespoon of oil and brown the meat 2 minutes per side over medium-high heat. Add the onion and season with salt and pepper. Let sauté for about 5 minutes.
- Add carrots and celery, sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add water until it is all covered, 1.5 to 2 liters.
- Add potatoes and rice, stir well and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
- Cook for 20 minutes over medium heat covered.
- Test, adjust the seasoning. Add the chopped chard or spinach and peas, cook 5 minutes more. Serve hot.