Kreas Kokkinisto (Beef Stew)

Kokkino in Greek means red. Kokkinisto is the way food is cooked in a tomato sauce and becomes reddened. You can cook almost any meat as “kokkinisto”. The most common are chicken and beef.

This is such a yummy, hearty meal. It’s an easy, one pot kinda deal, and it’s really GOOD!

It’s basically a beef stew, but the Greek way. It’s definitely the cinnamon and ground cloves which give this dish its rich Greek flavors. There’s not much more to say about this dish, it’s just one of those things that you have to make and try for yourself! Definitely serve this with rice, or even better, mashed potatoes!

Ingredients:

1.5 lbs (680 gr) beef chuck for stew

1/2 cup olive oil

3 small carrots, or 2 large carrots

1 large onion diced

1/2 cup red wine

1 red bell pepper cut into strips

1 can diced tomatoes

Garlic powder

Cinnamon

Crushed cloves

Salt & Pepper

Directions:

In a large pot, heat your olive oil on a medium-high heat. Throw in your onions and carrots, and sauté until onions are soft. Add your meat, season with salt, pepper, and onion powder. Brown both sides. Poor in your wine, and boil until liquid has reduced. Add your tomatoes, and fill the same can with water, and add that to the pot. Season with cinnamon and cloves to taste. Give it a good stir.

Once it starts to boil, turn your heat down low, add bell peppers. Cover your sauce, and let simmer for about 45 minutes, or until it has thickened a bit. You don’t want all your sauce to boil out, but you don’t want it soupy. Switch off heat, and let sit for about 15-20 mins. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes.

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