Ancho-Spiced Beef Stew

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Total Recipe Time:  2-1/2 to 2-3/4 hours
Makes 6 servings

2 pounds beef Shoulder Roast Boneless, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 dried ancho chiles
1 cup boiling water
3 tablespoons cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) spicy diced tomatoes
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch pieces

Chopped red onion, chopped fresh cilantro, sour cream, lime wedges (optional)
1.Remove and discard stems and seeds from chiles. Pour boiling water over chiles in medium bowl; let stand 20 minutes or until chiles are softened. Drain chilies, reserving 1/2 cup of liquid. Place chiles, reserved 1/2 cup liquid, cornmeal and 1/2 teaspoon salt in food processor container. Cover; process until smooth. Set aside.
2.Coat beef with cumin. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in stockpot over medium heat until hot. Brown half of beef; remove from stockpot. Repeat with remaining oil and beef. Pour off drippings; return beef to stockpot. Add tomatoes and ancho chile mixture to stockpot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1-1/2 hours.
3.Add sweet potatoes to stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and continue cooking 25 to 30 minutes or until beef and sweet potatoes are fork-tender, stirring once.
4.Serve stew with Toppings, as desired

Cook's Tip:  Two cans diced chili-style tomatoes may be substituted for spicy tomatoes.

Nutritional Information
Nutrition information per serving: 286 calories; 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat); 57 mg cholesterol; 549 mg sodium; 20 g carbohydrate; 4.1 g fiber; 26 g protein; 8.6 mg niacin; 0.6 mg vitamin B6; 2.6 mcg vitamin B12; 4.9 mg iron; 26.3 mcg selenium; 5.7 mg zinc; 92.3 mg choline.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of fiber and choline.
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