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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, 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: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 612

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David R Guerra

Monday 13th of September 2021

My family on both sides has been in Texas since before it was a state! This recipe is as close to my mother's carne guisada that I have seen however if you need to make it thicker use a half packet of brown gravy and when you serve it either on a plate or in a burrito use chil con queso.... I promise it is amazing

Melody

Saturday 31st of July 2021

I have never had carne guisada but this smells amazing. However, I just did a taste test (still have to simmer it) and it is wayyyyy too salty. I would knock it back to 1 tsp of salt. Salt is one seasoning that doesn’t have to cook to improve the dish. You can leave it out altogether and add at the table. My husband took one little bite and said we need to cook another batch without salt and combine them. He said it is inedible right now. I have to agree. Perhaps it wouldn’t be bad over rice of potatoes which tend to offset salt, but on tortillas. Nope.

Jack Goldberger

Monday 26th of July 2021

I have made the carne guisada twice now, and the family loves it. This is now a staple in our house. One time we ate it with rice; the second time I gave a choice of tortillas or mashed potatoes. All were very good. Easy to make and delicious to eat.

Ashley Hawkins

Tuesday 20th of July 2021

My family LOVED IT thanks for sharing definitely making again

Tammy Smith

Sunday 13th of June 2021

We love this recipe! It took me 6 hours on low . Delicious

Rebekah

Monday 14th of June 2021

Thanks!

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