I love food, always have and I think I always will, and I may sound very biased, but without a doubt, for me, one of the best foods on earth, is Portuguese.
You may say that I only think that because I'm Portuguese, but that's not necessarily true, seeing that I also think Mexican, Chinese, Indian and Italian are some of the best too.
For me though, growing up in a Portuguese home, learning to cook from a very young age and being surrounded by flavor, fresh ingredients and nothing but the simplest of homemade meals, created a love for real comfort easy dinners.
I was never one for gourmet, never one for expensive or intricate recipes or exquisite weird ingredients. Cooking needs to come from the heart, and most importantly from your home and what you have on hand. A little of this, a pinch of that, and a finished dinner that will stick to the ribs and leave everyone asking for more.
The recipe I'm sharing with you today is one of the simplest ways to prepare a pot of beef tips that can be served with mashed potatoes, or rice, pasta, whatever your heart desires.
I paired mine with some simple buttery white rice and some homemade pressure cooked beans with bacon. (the recipe for those will be up shortly)
Carne de Panela - Portuguese Beef Tips
1 pound of stewing beef
4 garlic cloves
Tablespoon of kosher salt
Chili flakes to your liking
Cheiro Verde (This is a mixture of parsley and cilantro, to taste
1 medium onion, diced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
Half a green pepper, diced
15 oz. can of tomato sauce
2 cups of water
Using a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic cloves along with the salt, paprika and chili flakes.
In a pot, add a little bit of olive oil and the garlic mixture you just crushed. Stir, then add the beef cubes. Cook over medium heat until nicely browned.
Next, add in the rest of the ingredients and mix well to combine, check the seasonings and add more salt if needed. Cover and let cook over medium heat until meat is tender and the sauce has reduced to a nice thick gravy.