When I go to the market I always ask for haas dalam, which translates filet mignon.  Even though I usually purchase filet, the tenderness of our beef is really hit or miss.  This is a great recipe to whip up if you are unsure of the quality of the meat.  You can start it in the morning and simmer as long as it takes to make your meat tender (adding water as you go).  Start it in the morning and set aside to reheat before you serve.  This also makes a great freezer meal.  Make a double or triple batch and throw it in freezer to dethaw on a rainy day (which is pretty much every day around here).  Don’t forget the salsa, lime and cilantro at the end.  It gives this simple recipe a real boost!

Tip: If you can’t find black beans in your area, look for black soy beans.  They are very common in Asia and make a great substitute.


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Southwest Beef Soup