Cherry Chipotle Beef

Cherry Chipotle Beef

This recipe is an adaption of a more expensive recipe I have been wanting to try.  This Cherry Chipotle Beef has great rustic gourmet flavors at budget prices. It satisfies the taste buds, AND keeps more of your hard earned dollars in your pocketbook for other things.   Our family thrives on good food and good times, so in order to do both,  sometimes it’s very important to cut back, reevaluate and not over spend when possible. Like most families in America we need to be budget minded to fulfill all our wants and needs.  This was the case regarding this recipe.

Initially,  I literally moped and pouted with disappointment when I saw the price of the original key meat ingredient.    My husband Eric, looked at me and said; “Why can’t we just make it with stew meat?”  I only had to ponder that question for a minute. “Let’s do it!” I said.   Beef chuck in  hand, my pouts turned to smiles and we went home to revamp and rethink the recipe. 

When using cherries, balsamic vinegar and red wine, coupled with the kick of chipotle peppers, you know this flavor profile is going to pack a delightful punch.   Although, you can use your preferred stewing meat, we tend to gravitate toward beef chuck because it just melts in your mouth.  Some cuts of beef tend to be dry and chewy when braised or stewed. 

Cooking with wine can really change the dynamic of a recipe.  Keep in mind that not all red wine will taste the same in a recipe.  We used a Syrah from a unique local winery we adore called Chateau Aeronautique Winery.  Vintner Lorenzo describes the Syrah as a complex combination of oak and tarriness, not for the faint of heart.    I used this because I wanted the flavors to be bold and robust yet smooth.   If you want the same experience, I suggest a Syrah/Shiraz, but you can also use Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot.  We suggest that you use a wine that you will also enjoy to drink.  Most people will tell you that you can use an inexpensive bottle of wine, and this is true, especially if you don’t drink.  However, if you cook with the wine you enjoy to drink, you can serve the wine that wasn’t used in the recipe with the meal for the perfect wine pairing. 

Rich and flavorful, this cherry chipotle beef is perfect over soft or creamy fried polenta

Cherry Chipotle Beef
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs beef chuck - cut into bite size pieces
  2. 3/4 cup dried cherries
  3. 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  4. 1/2 cup dry red wine (I used Syrah)
  5. 1/4 cup olive oil
  6. 2 Tbsp chili powder
  7. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  8. 1 Tbsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce - chopped
  9. 1 Tbsp dry oregano
  10. 1 Tbsp dry mustard
  11. 1/4 cup ketchup
  12. 1 cup yellow onion - diced
  13. 1 cup beef stock
Instructions
  1. In a Dutch oven, or other heavy pot once heated to medium, add olive oil and sear beef chuck pieces on all sides.
  2. Remove the beef and saute onions until they are soft. This will take about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  4. Return the beef chuck into the Dutch oven or pot; reduce heat until the liquid is simmering. Cover and cook until the beef chuck is melt in your mouth tender. About 2 - 3 hours. Serve over polenta or rice.
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