Braised Beef – Beef Shanks, Chuck Steak, Short Ribs

I’m pretty sure this will work with any “low and slow” cut of beef. I’m a fan because these cuts are often not very expensive and they’re super flavorful. They do require low and slow cooking though, otherwise they’ll be tough and chewy. I normally do low and slow in the crock pot, but I recently got a dutch oven and I’m obsessed with it.

There is a lot of leeway with this recipe, as you can see, so you can play around with it a lot.

Braised Beef
1-4 beef shanks, chuck steaks, short ribs (as much as you want to cook, basically)
1-2 Tbsp oil
1 bag frozen peppers and onions (or use fresh, of course.)
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 cup chopped carrot (I just threw a few handfuls of baby carrots right in, whole)
1-2 cups chicken stock/broth (depending how much meat you’re cooking)
2 cups of tomato sauce or a 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
1-2 bay leaves
1 tsp thyme
1 Tbsp parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 325. Heat the oil in a dutch oven, liberally salt and pepper the beef and sear it on all sides. Remove the seared beef and set aside. Add the peppers and onions, garlic, and carrots and saute until they start to get translucent (if you’re using frozen like me I just saute until most of the water is cooked off). Add the beef back in along with the rest of the ingredients and stir. Cover the dutch oven and place in the oven for 2 hours.

I made this over the weekend and cut the chuck steak with a spoon. Delicious!


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