Sweet Life Presents Texas Talent Part 3-Diana Barrios Trevino from Los Barrios In San Antonio, Texas-Cortadillo Zuazua and Spanish Rice-Enter to win your own copy


Hello all another beautiful day, another two great recipes in our week featuring Diana Barrios Trevino from Los Barrios in San Antonio, Texas.  Today I feature a dish from the town of Zuazua in the state of Nuevo Leon.  Here is how Diana describes this earthy dish in her cookbook 

“Cortadillo is one of my favorites of the dishes my mother’s beloved godmother, Madrina amelia, used to make when we visited her.  Similar to a stew , it is braised cubes of beef tenderloin, with lots of oregano for its distinctive flavor.”

Diana suggest serving this dish with Spanish rice, I have followed her suggestion and featured both.  My home smelled heavenly of oregano last night and dinner was amazing.  Enjoy! Sweet Life

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Sweet Life- Can you share with us one of your fondest food memory?

Diana – Oh my gosh there are so many.  Probably what I really loved the most was cooking side by side with my mother as we wrote our cookbook, Los Barrios Family Cookbook~Tex-Mex Recipes from the Heart of San Antonio.  None of our recipes had ever been documented so we sat there for about two years, when time was allowed, testing the recipes and documenting them.  You know most great cooks just cook without measuring or timing.  I learned a whole lot more and spent great quality time with my mom.   I always tell friends to make sure they document those special family recipes so that they may be passed down through generations.  


Sweet Life- What would be your last meal on this earth?

Diana- Los Barrios cheese enchiladas with a yummy puffy taco on the side, a great salsa and a margarita or two!

Cortadillo Zuazua

Beef Stew Zuazua- Style

Los Barrios Family Cookbook

serves 6

3 tbsp vegetable oil

3 pounds beef tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes

pinch of garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

3 tomatoes, chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

1 cup water

2 tbsp dried oregano

1 heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a large deep skillet or a Dutch oven over medium heat.  Season the beef with the garlic powder and salt, pepper.  Add to the pan , in batches, and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes per batch.  Drain the juices into a small bowl and set aside.  Return all the meat to the pan.

2  Add the remaining 1 tbsp oil to the pan, then add the tomatoes and onion and cook about 8 minutes.  Return the reserved juices to the pan, add the water and oregano, and bring to a simmer.  Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 5 minutes longer.


Spanish Rice

Los Barrios Family Cookbook

serves 6 to 8

1/4 pound  (1stick) butter

1/2 onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

2 cups white rice

2 carrots, peeled and diced

2 chicken bouillon cubes, dissolved in 2 cups hot water.(i used chicken broth)

1 melt the butter in a large skillet, over low heat.  Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.  Add the rice and cook stirring, until coated with butter.  Add the carrots and the bouillon broth, then add 4 cups water and bring to a boil, increase the heat to high and cook, uncovered for 3 minutes.

2. reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the rice is tender and all the water has been absorbed about 10 minutes longer.



  1. says

    like the sound of the roast, quick cooking too and flavorful, so is the rice – a perfect combo… I bet Diana makes a great Margarita…

  2. says

    Ahhh I want to eat all of the food from this cookbook! Diana’s last meal sounds like what I would want my last meal to be. Plus cheesecake.

  3. says

    I love that the cookbook was developed with her mother – figuring out amounts and timing when mothers just “know.” All looks utterly delicious. She knows what she is doing!

  4. says

    Bonnie, how delicious is this? Sounds like Ms. Diana really knows what she’s doing. I’ve had a dish like this before and it’s all about a good cut of beef stewed just long enough to pull the flavor of the oregano but not so long as to overdo the nice cut of meat-so easy and delicious. I love it!
    p.s. I dreamed I got your package last night, and then I woke up thinking I had it (smile). It always takes a while for me to get stuff here, so I get antsy about it…


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