AT A GLANCE
There are many versions of this stew throughout Argentina and Chile in particular. Some include peaches or apricots, others have a hit of tomato, while others still contain corn. Some are cooked inside a pumpkin, and it's also common to roast pumpkins separately and serve the stew in them. Of course, you can simply skip this altogether - it will still taste just as good.
|01||Combine beef, spices and half the garlic in a bowl, season to taste and toss to coat well, then leave to marinate for 30 minutes.|
|02||Meanwhile, dry-roast chillies in a frying pan over medium-high heat until fragrant and darkened (1-2 minutes). Coarsely chop 1½ onions and combine in a food processor with toasted chillies (discard chilli seeds for a milder stew), remaining garlic and 250ml water. Stand for 10 minutes to allow chillies to soften, then process to a paste.|
|03||Heat oil in a casserole over medium-high heat, add beef and brown well all over (5-6 minutes), then transfer to a plate. Add chilli paste mixture to casserole and simmer until reduced by half (8-10 minutes). Cut remaining onion into wedges and add to casserole along with beef, stock, apricots, oregano and 500ml water, season to taste, bring to a simmer and cook, half-covered, until beef begins to fall apart (2½-3 hours). Add sweet potato and pumpkin and simmer half-covered until tender (25-30 minutes). Squeeze in lime juice, season to taste and serve hot scattered with Spanish onion, coriander and pumpkin seeds to taste.|
Dried guajillo chillies are available from Monterey Foods (montereyfoods.com.au), Herbie's Spices (herbies.com.au) and Fireworks Foods (fireworksfoods.com.au).