Hilachas is a popular Guatemalan dish made of cooked and shredded beef that is simmered in a mildly spicy tomatillo-tomato sauce. Pair it with a side of rice and fresh corn tortillas for a full meal.

Guatamalan Hilachas Recipe

Prep Time1 hr 50 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Guatemalan, Latin American
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs beef flank steak or 2skirt steaks cubed
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 -3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes chopped
  • 1 cup tomatillo chopped
  • 2 -3 guajillo chilies warmed over a flame, deseeded and chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb potato peeled and chopped
  • 2 -3 Carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup ⁄2breadcrumbs
  • 1 bunch cilantro chopped

Instructions

  • Place the beef, water and a big pinch of salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the beef is very tender.
  • Remove the beef to a bowl, reserving the broth, and set aside to cool
  • When cool enough to handle, shred the beef with your fingers and set aside.
  • While the beef is simmering, place the onion, tomatoes, tomatillos and chiles in a food processor or blender and puree, adding a little water if necessary.
  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium flame. Add the onion-tomato puree and simmer until the puree is cooked down and darkens somewhat in color, about 10 minutes. Do not burn.
  • Add the shredded beef and about 3 cups of the broth to the onion-tomato puree and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the potatoes, onions and a little more broth or water if necessary Simmer until the potatoes and carrots are cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Stir in the breadcrumbs to thicken the sauce.
  • Then stir in the chopped cilantro, adjust seasoning and serve hot with corn tortillas or rice.

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