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Carne Guisada Recipe (Mexican Style)

This easy carne guisada recipe is for Tex Mex style or Mexican beef stew. Chunks of beef simmered in fragrant brown gravy until tender. It’s so simple to prepare and you probably already have the ingredients on hand!

How to make authentic carne guisada recipe on the stove top

Recipe for Carne Guisada

Carne means “meat” in Spanish. Carne de res is how you say “beef” and it often gets shortened to just “carne.” Authentic carne asada is grilled and carne guisada is stewed.

Carne guisada is a comforting, filling, flavorful dinner that is traditionally served with homemade flour tortillas, rice and beans.

My cousins in Texas like to serve it over mashed potatoes which is really yummy, too. 

You can also roll it up taco style and top with cheddar cheese – yum!

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I highly recommend serving with the homemade flour tortillas if you can. They melt in your mouth and complement the meat perfectly.

You don’t even need utensils to eat when you can scoop it up with a tortilla!

The beef cooks low and slow so that all the ingredients melt down into a stew.

To make it an even heartier meal, you can add potatoes and carrots while it’s simmering.

I love to cook it all in my cast iron skillet for even more flavor.

How to make authentic Tex Mex carne guisada with this easy carne guisada recipe!

How to make Carne Guisada

What type of meat is carne guisada? You’ll want to use stew meat which can be any kind of beef chuck or beef round.

I typically pick up the packet of meat that says “stew meat” and is already conveniently diced up.

If using a chunk of meat such as top round, you’ll need to cut the beef into 1-inch cubes.

Carne guisada recipe using stew meat

Dice up an onion. Optionally, you can also dice up a green bell pepper.

We typically don’t make it with the green pepper, but it’s a common ingredient in carne guisada.

Some people will even substitute a spicy pepper such as jalapeño or poblano.

You’ll also need tomato or tomato sauce. We usually use Spanish style tomato sauce since we always have it on hand, especially when tomatoes are not in season.

Carne guisada recipe with onions and gravy

The beauty of this recipe is that is can be made on any night with whatever you have on hand.

Besides the beef and vegetables, the sauce is seasoned with ground cumin. Of course, if you can freshly grind your own it tastes the best.

All-purpose flour is used to thicken it up into a nice gravy.

This carne guisada recipe cooks low and slow for at least 1 ½ hours.

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The meat should be fall-apart tender and the gravy thick and rich.

It’s not a quick meal, but it produces the best flavor!

If you want a delicious dinner in about 20 minutes, try my Mexican Pork Stew (Puerco en Salsa Roja) recipe instead.

That guiso has only two ingredients yet tastes like it was simmering for hours!

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How to make authentic carne guisada recipe on the stove top

Carne Guisada Recipe (Mexican Style)

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Tender chunks of beef simmered in a flavorful Mexican gravy. Flour tortillas are the perfect accompaniment for this carne guisada recipe.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs stew meat
  • 1 tablespoon oil (lard, bacon grease, etc)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato sauce or 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water or chicken stock
  • Flour tortillas, rice or mashed potatoes, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large pan, brown the stew meat in oil of choice with onions and green pepper (if using) over high heat.
  2. Add the tomato sauce (or tomato), garlic powder (or fresh garlic), cumin, salt and pepper and stir well.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the meat and mix well. Add the water (or stock) and mix well so there are no lumps.
  4. Bring to a boil, cover pan and reduce heat to low. Cook for 1 ½ hours, or until meat is tender.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  6. Serve with rice, tortillas or mashed potatoes.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 8oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 606Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 226mgSodium: 982mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 78g

Nutritional information provided is an estimate only. Please consult the labels of ingredients you use for more accurate results.

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Magen

Thursday 22nd of September 2022

I made this for the first time ever and it was SO delicious. My whole house ate it and there was hardly anything left.

Tony

Sunday 21st of August 2022

I’m from San Antonio, and this is the closest wonderful Carne Guisada recipe I’ve made since. Thanks!!

barb

Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

Looks delicious. I thought we shouldn't cook any tomato products in cast iron because of the acid or something.

Terri

Wednesday 7th of September 2022

@barb, you are correct, Barb. Only no liquids in an iron skillet, especially acidic liquids. It can make the iron bleed into the food. It’s for safety.

Rebekah

Friday 5th of August 2022

I haven't heard of that. It is for safety or taste?

Krystin

Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

This was easy and Very good. Definitely a win and will be doing often. My husband mentioned maybe doing it with chicken sometime too. I’d assume same concept would work, but don’t simmer as long?

Rebekah

Wednesday 10th of August 2022

Yes, just until the chicken is cooked.

Justin warnock

Tuesday 26th of July 2022

Very good base recipe. I have made it several times. I've adjusted less salt and more cumin to fit my tastes better. But I do recommend this recipe.

Rebekah

Friday 5th of August 2022

Can never have too much cumin 😄

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