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Tasajo recipe - How to Make Cuban Style Beef Jerky 

2 lbs. dried beef (tasajo can be purchased at many Latin shops, or online)
1 green pepper, diced
4 cloves of garlic
1 small onion, diced
1/4 spoonful pepper
1/4 spoonful paprika
1/4 spoonful oregano
1 bay leaf
2 fresh tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup lard or butter
1/2 cup dry cooking wine
Salt to taste

Soak the jerked beef overnight and then discard the water. Boil it for one hour to get the salt out of the meat, and then change the water before boiling the meat again. Boil the meat for another hour or an hour and a half until it becomes soft enough to pull apart in strands.


Discard the water, then smash the beef into threads. Use the lard or butter to saute the garlic, oregano and onion until the onion is tender. Make a criollo sauce (you can use green pepper, onion, tomatoes and tomato sauce for this) You can also use a bottle of criollo sauce from the store, or from the recipe on this site.


Add the jerked beef to the sauted onions and other ingredients, and cook until the meat is brown. Add the criollo sauce. Add cooking wine and cook for 5 minutes.

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