Braised Beef Hearts with Vegetables

    3 hours 30 min

    A fairly inexpensive meal. made by braising beef hearts with bacon, onion, celery, carrots, parsnips, potatoes and butter beans. Serve as is, with rice or corn bread.

    9 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 stick celery, sliced
    • 1 carrot, cubed
    • 1 rasher streaky bacon, sliced into small strips
    • 900g beef hearts, rinsed and cubed
    • 2 teaspoons beef stock granules
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 125ml red wine
    • 750ml water or as needed
    • 4 tablespoons mole sauce
    • 1 parsnip, cubed
    • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
    • 240g butter beans

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr30min 

    1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over low heat. Add onion, garlic, celery, carrots and bacon. Cover and let the vegetables sweat for about 10 minutes.
    2. Remove vegetables to a plate and place the beef heart into the pan, adding a bit more oil if necessary. Saute over medium heat until browned. Return the onion mixture to the pan, sprinkle in the cumin and beef stock. Pour in the red wine, mole sauce and enough water to cover. Put the lid on the pan and simmer over low heat for 2 hours.
    3. Add the parsnip and potato to the stew and stir in the beans. Continue to simmer for another 30 minutes, until vegetables are tender.


    Ask at your local butcher for beef hearts. You may need to pre-order them.

    Mole sauce can be purchased online.

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    I had a beef heart in my freezer from our purchase of a 1/4 cow from a local organic farm. I had no idea what to do with it. It was kind of daunting, I was afraid to cook it, until I found this recipe. All I can say is WOW! This is so good that I might buy another heart just to make it again. I did not tell my family, what cut of beef was in this dish when I served it in order to avoid the drama of thier reaction, and everyone ate seconds on it. It will be my little secret. Now I just need to figure out what to do with the tongue and oxtails!!  -  04 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I didn't put all of the vegies and beans in the recipe. The heart was cooked all night in the crock pot, drained, then stewed in my own mole. We had it with rice and beans. Got rave reviews from all!  -  07 Feb 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I'm making this recipe without the mole sauce, i.e, I don't know what mole sauce is and never heard of it, Can you buy it in the grocery store and is it known by another name.  -  21 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)