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Monday, April 5, 2010

Mexican Pasta

This meal is sure to satisfy even your most finicky appetites. If you love tacos, this is your meal with a healthier twist. I use whole wheat pasta instead of taco shells. I also used a roast for the meat, but you could certainly use hamburger or chicken! For the meat, I use whichever roast is on sale that day. For this particular recipe, I used a sirloin tip roast. They were BOGO so I couldn't pass it up!


Meat Sauce
3 pound roast
2 cans of fire roasted tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
1 small onion, diced
4 gloves of garlic, chopped
1 can of chilies
1 bottle of beer (corona works well) & 1 cup of beef stock or 2 cups of beef stock
2 Tbsp. of canola oil
2 Tbsp. chili powder
2 Tbsp. of coriander
2 Tbsp. of cumin
1 Tbsp. of cracked black pepper

1 package of pasta (whole wheat penne used here)

Allow your roast to come to room temperature. About 20 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, coriander, cumin, and black pepper. Mix and rub on all side of the roast. In a dutch over, place 2 Tbsp. of canola oil. Heat on medium high for 2 minutes. Brown the roast on both sides. Set roast aside. Add the tomatoes, garlic, beer & stock, onions, and chillies. Mix well. Return roast to the dutch oven. Liquid should cover the roast entirely. If it does not, add beef stock to just covering. Place the roast, covered, in a 325 oven for approximately 3 hours. When done, shred the meat with two forks. If meat does not tear apart easily, place back in the over for an additional 35 minutes. Keep the roast in the dutch oven as you shred because the juice will absorb with the beef. The shredding process takes a little while, be patient. It is worth it. Once you shed the meat, place the lid back on the dutch oven to keep the sauce warm.

Boil your pasta in heavily salted water according to the packages direction. For whole wheat, about 11 minutes. Drain and return to pan. Ladle in about 1/2 of the sauce and mix.

To serve, add additional sauce on top and add your favorite taco toppings! Lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheddar cheese, sour cream, taco sauce, and jalapenos.

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