Carne Guisada

READY IN: 3hrs 15mins
Recipe by stimied

A mexican style beef stew. You can also serve this over rice or noodles, but I prefer it on tortillas like a burrito. This doubles and freezes well.

Top Review by Sher P.

This is the Carne guisada my mama used to make! I love everything about this recipe. Sometimes I add diced potatoes to the recipe and eat the meat and potatoes with the tortillas and sometimes I eat the stew with leftover refried beans in the tortillas.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown beef well in a large cast iron dutch oven, a heavy stainless steel pot can be used with good results.
  2. Add onion and garlic and cook until onions are translucent.
  3. Add stock, chili powder, comino, salt, and pepper.
  4. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2-3 hours or until beef is very tender.
  5. In a separate skillet mix flour and oil together to form a roux.
  6. Cook over medium high heat until a dark beige color, about 5 minutes.
  7. Be careful not to let it burn.
  8. Carefully add roux to stewed beef.
  9. Be very careful because it can splatter.
  10. Bring back to a simmer and thicken, simmer for 5-10 minutes to allow flavors to meld.
  11. Serve like a soft taco on flour tortillas with fresh cilantro, chopped onions, shredded cheese and sour cream for garnish.

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