RECIPE: Nuevo Chipotle Beef in Butternut Squash Boats


Total preparation and cooking time: 2 to 2-3/4 hours

1-1/2 pounds beef for stew
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons ground chipotle chile pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 medium butternut squash (about 3 pounds)
1-1/2 cups water
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 small ripe avocado, cut into cubes (optional)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place beef, water, tomato paste, sugar, vinegar, chipotle pepper,
cumin, salt and black pepper in stockpot. Cover and bake in 325°F oven 1-3/4 to 2-1/4
hours or until beef is fork-tender.

2. Meanwhile cut squash lengthwise into quarters; remove seeds. Place squash cut side
down in 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish, overlapping if necessary. Add water. Bake in
325°F oven 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until fork-tender.

3. Place each baked squash quarter onto serving plate. Fill with equal amounts of beef
mixture. Top with tomato and avocado, if desired. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Makes 4 servings.

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