Spicy Beef Caldereta
up to 1 lb. cubed beef appropriate for stewing
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
1 bell pepper, roughly chopped
1 tomato, roughly chopped
1-2 carrots, slices in 1/2'' discs
1-2 potatoes, roughly chopped (any kind is fine, though I prefer the starchy kind for this)
1/4-1/2 c. tomato sauce
1 chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (plus 1 T. of the sauce)
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper for seasoning
1. Marinate beef in soy sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper (at least 1 hour, at most overnight for safety).
3. Brown beef cubes in oil. Add onions. Once onions are are softened, and sautee bell peppers and carrots. Add tomato, tomato sauce, chipotle pepper/adobo sauce, bay leaf. Cover and let simmer on low until all ingredients are tender (depending on the cut of beef used, ~45 min-1.5 hours).
4. This step is optional, but it prevents having potatoes that are too soft and fall apart. You can also add the potatoes in w/ the rest of the veggies if you like yours that way. While the beef and veggies are simmering, fry the potatoes. These should be added in with the rest near the end of the simmering (when I took these pics, I fried the potatoes before I had prepped the other veggies and then added them a little too early...eh, it's not a precise science, remember?).
5. You know it's done when the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened up. Serve with white rice. Enjoy!