This is a Sonoran style dish, every mexican restaurant you go to, worth a dime, serves this dish. For variety I sometimes like to use different combinations of chiles. A favorite is a mixture of ancho, New Mexican mild, NM hot, pasilla and chipotle. —Martin69
4 - 6
beef chuck, cut in bite size cubes
6 - 8
dried chiles, break off stems and shake out seeds
2 - 3
garlic cloves, minced
medium onion, chopped
ground black pepper
mexican oregano (1 1/2 t if not mexican)
Prepare chile puree. Place chiles in large nonreactive bowl. Add boiling water to cover and try to ensure that chiles stay submerged. Let stand 30 40 min to soften. Remove chiles to blender. Taste soaking water; if it's bitter discard it and use plain water for the rest, else use a mixture of soaking water and plain water. If you don't want to taste it, it's safer to toss it and use plain water. Add 1 to 1 1/2 c water to chiles and blend until very smooth, 1 to 2 min. Pour mixture through strainer, pressing pulp with spoon or rubber spatula to get all the puree out. Set aside.
Heat 2 T oil in heavy skillet. Add meat and cook until browned. Add 2 c water, cover and simmer 1 hour. Add chile puree to meat and stir in. Mash salt and garlic together to make a paste. Saute chopped onion in 1 1/2 T oil until tender. Mix in salt/garlic paste and 1 1/2 T flour. Stir 1 min to get raw taste out of the flour and add mixture to simmering beef. Add cumin, pepper and oregano. Cover and simmer 2 hours.