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 a 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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Serve as a soup or a main dish, always delicious.
- 2 pounds of minced top sirloin (or eye of round steak)
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 3 medium carrots
- 2 stalks celery
- 1/2 bell pepper (red or green)
- 3 large red potatoes
- 6 handfuls or 1/2 cups of white rice, short grain, raw
- spinach or chard
- 1/2 teaspoon of paprika, Mexican oregano, comino
- 2 bay leaves
- 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, seasonings, 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 the bay leaves.
- 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 3 minutes more. Serve hot.
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