The word “machaca” derives from the verb machacar, to pound or crush, and that description of this meat dish is apt. The shredded meat is often used as a filling for burritos or chimichangas and is sometimes dried.
Machaca Sierra Madre Ingredients
- 3 pound arm roast
- 10 to 15 chiltepins, crushed
- 1 and 1/2 cups chopped green New Mexican chile, roasted, peeled, stems removed
- 1 cup tomatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup onions, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Put the roast in a large pan and cover it with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until tender and until the meat starts to fall apart, about 3 or 4 hours. Check it periodically to make sure it doesn&rquo;t burn, adding more water if necessary.
- Remove the roast from the pan and remove the fat. Remove the broth from the pan, chill, and remove the fat. Shred the roast with a fork.
- Return the shredded meat and the defatted broth to the pan, add the remaining ingredients, and simmer until the meat has absorbed all the broth.
- Serving Suggestions: Serve the meat wrapped in a flour tortilla along with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, grated cheese, and sour cream, which would reduce the heat scale.
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