Here is what I used:
2 pounds of sirloin tips, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (Lisa swears by chuck or bottom round and she uses 4 pounds)
2 Tablespoons oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced (you'll notice that missing in this pic)
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
1 can of diced tomatoes (or 3 fresh tomatoes, diced)
1-2 jalepenos, diced
1-2 serrano chilis, minced (I couldn't find this)
1 Tablespoon cumin
1 Tablespoon of Chili powder
1 tsp. oregano
1 bottle of dark Mexican beer (couldn't find so I settled for Dos XX)
1 T. flour (optional)
2 cups water (I decided to substitute chicken stock for extra flavor)
1 pound of small red potatoes cut into 1/2 inch cubes. (I didn't used this. Lisa doesn't either)
The deal with the peppers is... I ended up raiding my friend's pepper plant because I was watering for her and they needed to be picked!
The Coke Zero is for me to drink so I'll stay out of the Dos XX. :)
Here is what The Homesick Texan had to say:Throw in the browned beef, add the herbs, spices, water, tomatoes and beer and mix everything really well. Turn up the heat to high, bring the stew to a boil and then turn heat down to low and simmer for five hours, stirring occasionally. At this point, some of the meat will have turned to strings thus thickening the gravy.
Note: If you want your meat to be distinct cubes rather than strings, lessen the cooking time. If you cook the stew for less time, you may also need to add some flour to thicken the gravy. Take out a 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid, stir into it a 1 tablespoon of flour and then incorporate this back into the stew. Stir until gravy has thickened. Also, I like my meat in big stringy chunks, but if you prefer smaller pieces, cut the meat into 1/2 inch cubes.
You are welcome to serve this up with beans and rice but we didn't need that much food and we were starving by the time this got done. So I heated some tortillas and, no, they weren't low carb :( I feel like a low carb failure. But some things are just worth it.
I tossed some chopped fresh cilantro in at the end for the bright green color and fresh flavor. I even had sour cream out but neither of us wanted to use it.
This will be perfect for the days or nights during football season!! (Boomer Sooner!)