Carne Guisada (Mexican Beef Stew)

READY IN: 3hrs
Recipe by EdsGirlAngie

A luscious, tender Mexican beef stew with very basic ingredients. The oven baking makes the meat extremely tender, and the cumin gives it so much flavor! This is a typical Mexican beef stew, simple, with not a lot of vegetables. Serve folded up in warm tortillas, or on rice or with your favorite cornbread.

Top Review by kayc1218

We have made this several times now and it never fails to be mouth- wateringly good. I brown the chuck whole (without cubing), then put it all in the crockpot for the day. (Do reduce the beef broth to about 1/2 cup and keep an eye to see if it needs more liquid.) Shred the meat and put it back in the crockpot for about 45-60 minutes to absorb all the delicious juices. Then serve it with warm flour tortillas, salsa, cheese, avocado, and sour cream. With refried or chili beans and/or rice on the side. This is so yummy and mouth-watering that my Mexican-food averse DH loves it and asks for it again and again. This recipe is a keeper!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 12 lbs chuck roast, trimmed of fat and cut in bite-sized pieces
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 -3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Toss meat pieces with flour, then brown quickly in oil in an ovenproof Dutch oven.
  3. Add onion, garlic, jalapeño, beef stock, tomato paste, cumin and chili powder; bring to a simmer on the stove.
  4. Cover Dutch oven and place in the preheated oven, baking for about 2 to 2-1/2 hours, until meat is extremely tender.
  5. Serve as is, or on rice, or folded into warm tortillas.

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