Spring Hill Ranch's Beef Chicana

Wiley P


I do not really understand the connection between this absolutely wonderful plate of Southwestern comfort food and a lovely chicana...unless it is the way either one makes one feel all warm inside! But that's the name I learned this dish by, so who am I to argue?

Beef chicana is the cattle rancher's answer to carne adovada, a sauced pork dish. And like carne adovada it can be served by itself, over rice or noodles, in burritos or with warmed flour tortillas. I could eat this wonderful concoction every day!


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  • 3 lb
    sirloin or round steak, cut into 1/8" thick slices about 2-2 1/2 inches long
  • 2 c
    southwestern marinade (chicana-style, such as spring hill ranch's southwestern marinade 1)
  • 2 Tbsp
    lard (or vegetable or canola oil)
  • 1 large
    green bell pepper, 1/2" chopped
  • 1 medium
    yellow or white onion, sliced
  • 1 can(s)
    (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained (liquid reserved to adjust consistency if needed)
  • 1 can(s)
    (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    freshly coarse ground black pepper

How to Make Spring Hill Ranch's Beef Chicana


  1. Marinate the beef strips with the Southwestern Marinade in the refrigerator for 1-3 hours. (More time is fine...even overnight)
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the beef strips in batches. Combine all the beef strips, green bell pepper and onion. Pour the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce in and season with the garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir well. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes (stirring occasionally), then remove the lid and simmer an additional 15 minutes. Serve over rice or noodles, or in burritos or warmed flour tortillas. Garnish with sour cream, cheese, guacamole, salsa or pico de gallo, or whatever sounds good to you.

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About Spring Hill Ranch's Beef Chicana

Course/Dish: Beef Tacos & Burritos
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Southwestern
Dietary Needs: Low Carb
Hashtag: #spicy

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