Carne Seca (machaca)

Prepare garlic purée by blending 16 cloves of peeled garlic in just under 1 cup of water.

To dry the meat, toss it with the lime juice and 2 tablespoons garlic purée, place it on a cookie sheet, and bake it for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The meat should be quite dry and beginning to stiffen. If not, continue baking a few more minutes. The meat can be prepared to this point and then refrigerated, if desired.

To prepare the filling, heat a large skillet over moderate heat. Add the oil, then the onion, and sauté it until it is just soft but not browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the green chile, tomato, dried meat, salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons garlic purée and cook, stirring often, for 3 to 5 minutes