This is an old Mexican classic and perfect for a chilly day. The term "comfort food" is not usually associated with the idea of being particularly healthy. Not the case here. Many of the Mexican Guisados rely as heavily on vegetables and seasonings as on meat to achieve their deep, rich flavor.
Freshness of ingredients is another factor here, especially since this dish is based off onions, carrots, squash, corn, green beans and tomatoes, all of which are readily available year round. Ancho and pastilla chiles can add layers of flavor without being over used.
For a meal like this, you can’t go wrong with Cabernet Sauvignon. For many, Cab is the wine of kings. Guisados, being heavy on meats with a rich sauce, require a wine that has body and strength like the Cabernet. Alexander Valley Cabernet of ‘09 would be a good choice here because of its soft and smooth aftertaste.
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