Your Life A to Z Recipe: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014: Quesadillas de Costilla

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by Chef Jeff Smedstad of Elote Cafe

azfamily.com

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 4:00 PM

Quesadillas de Costilla

3 lb bone in beef short ribs
2 cups chopped onion
1 tbsp chopped garlic
8 guajillo chiles stemmed
1 bottle dark beer such as negro modelo
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp kosher salt
2 tbsp mexican oregano
2 cups water
4 large flour tortillas
3 cups shredded oaxaca cheese
guacamole , pico de gallo, sour cream and cabbage to serve along side or whatever you like

In a large saucepan over medium high heat sear short ribs until well browned on all sides. remove the ribs then using the fat from the ribs brown the onion and garlic. Add remaining ingredients  and simmer for a couple minutes to soften the chiles, let cool then pour into a blender and puree until smooth.

put ribs in a large roasting pan and pour sauce over them , cover and bake at 300 for 3 1/2 hours until tener. let meat cool  then pull out bones and chop, reheat meat in the sauce. Place a flour tortilla in a large lightly oiled pan spinkle with cheese and then put some meat on 1/2 and fold over cook over medium heat until light brown and melted, cut into wedges and serve. Repaet for remaining quesadillas.

Flour Tortillas

1/2 cup lard
4 cups flour
1 cup warm water
1 tsp salt
pinch of baking powder

combine everything in a large bowl and knead into a smooth dough, cover with a towel and let rest ten minutes divide into 2 to 3 ounce balls and roll out into rounds, cook on a dry skillet over medium high heat until lightly browned on both sides let cool covered with a clean kitchen towel.

 

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