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Carne Guisada Recipe

This easy carne guisada recipe will make your mouth water! It’s a delicious Mexican beef stew that goes perfectly with potatoes, rice or tortillas.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 50 minutes
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex Mex
Keyword: carne de res guisada, carne guisada, carne guisada recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 498kcal
Author: TipBuzz


  • 2 lbs beef chuck steak in 1-inch cubes (see note)
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 3 large cloves garlic minced or 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 large tomatoes diced or 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano optional
  • 1 tsp jalapeño pepper minced, optional
  • 1 tsp salt less if using salty chicken broth
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour optional


  • Pat dry the cubed beef to remove excess moisture.
  • Place a large cast iron pan or Dutch oven on medium-high heat. When hot, add the canola oil and cubed beef without crowding the pan (see note).
  • Sauté the beef for 5 minutes, turning every few minutes until brown on all sides. Repeat with remaining beef if batches are necessary.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add the onion, garlic and green pepper to the beef. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, cumin, optional oregano, optional jalapeño, salt, pepper and broth. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and cover the pan. (You can also transfer to a crock pot at this point if you prefer - see note.)
  • Simmer for 60-90 minutes or until the beef is tender. Add extra broth halfway if needed to prevent sticking.
  • If the sauce looks runny, sprinkle in the optional flour and boil for several minutes to thicken up a gravy, stirring regularly to dissolve any lumps.
  • Serve with rice, potatoes or tortillas.


  • Chuck steak and sirloin cuts are ideal. Packaged stew meat varies in quality and may require extra simmering to become tender.
  • Fry the beef in batches if needed, as crowding the pan will interfere with browning.
  • Carne guisada slow cooker: complete simmering in a crock pot on a “low” setting for 6-8 hours.


Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 893mg | Potassium: 1199mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 910IU | Vitamin C: 39.1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 6.1mg | Net Carbs: 10g