Puerto Rican Style Corned Beef

Corned beef?? That was my husband's response when I told him what I was concocting in my slowcooker. Corned beef!! One of my favorite dishes in my entire life is my grandmother's corned beef. Its been many many MANY moons since she last made it for me, but I can taste it as if it were yesterday. I will admit this is not a dish you should probably make often, and come to think of it the fatty, salty, deliciousness that is this dish is probably why it's been so long since my grandmother made it.

In Puerto Rico this dish is usually made with canned corned beef, but eeek! when I saw the sodium and calories per serving on each can I almost scrapped the whole idea. After doing a little research online, my slowcooker and I decided to forge our own path. Keep in mind, you're more than welcomed to stick to the classics and sub the canned back into the recipe.

Ingredients--Makes about 8-12 servings

  •  1 lb Kroger Flat Cut Corned Beef Brisket
  • 2 Packets Goya Sazon Culantro y Achiote
  • 1/4 C Goya Adobo Seasoning
  • 5 Roma Tomatoes (Boiled and pureed)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/2 C Sofrito
  • 4 Large Potatoes (cut and fried into french fries)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (I like mine on the saltier side)

Directions:

  1. Wash, pat dry corned beef. Place in slowcooker, cover with water and add included seasoning. Cook on high until tender. Allow to cool and remove from water and shred.
  2. Add olive oil (enough to coat the bottom) to a large frying pan Add shredded corned beef and sofrito. Stir until fragrant.
  3. Add pureed tomatoes, adobo, sazon packets, salt. Stir until ingredients are well mixed. Allow mixture to come to a boil and place over low heat for about 10-15 minutes or until sauce is almost fully absorbed.
  4. If you are making ahead, you can allow meat to cool and follow next steps when you're ready to eat.
  5. Turn heat to high, pan fry meat to desired crispiness. ( l usually pan fry for about 3 minutes, stirring to avoid meat sticking to the pan). Then add french fries and continue stirring over high heat until fries are well mixed into the meat.
  6. Serve with garlic rice and avocado.

Success! I'm in love with this recipe! The flavors were everything I remembered them to be, and I could not stop eating it. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Check back soon and I will be sure to link in my sofrito recipe. In the meantime, here's a good recipe to make your own.