Rio Grande Valley Style Carne Guisada

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This TexMex beef stew recipe was adapted from the recipe used by Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, a popular Houston restaurant. I add one chopped jalapeno pepper with the green bell pepper (not listed below), and serve it with a mound of mexican rice (like #41167) in the bowl.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cube meat (about 1"), removing all fat and gristle.
  2. Sear meat in oil.
  3. Add water and cook on medium-low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Toast cumin seeds in a small sauté skillet on medium-high until they begin to smoke slightly.
  5. Grind the hot cumin seeds with a mortar and pestle.
  6. Add oregano, ground toasted cumin, black pepper, salt and garlic to the meat.
  7. Add vegetables (bell pepper, onion and tomato) and continue to cook about 30 minutes.
  8. Add tomato sauce, chili powder and paprika.
  9. Continue to simmer for another 15-20 minutes.
  10. While the meat is simmering, heat 2 tbsp oil in a small sauté pan and add flour over medium-low heat.
  11. Stir the flour and oil constantly until the flour turns a light golden brown (roux).
  12. Add the roux to the meat and continue to simmer for about another 30 minutes.
  13. Serve carne guisada with rice and beans and flour or corn tortillas.
  14. Note: can speed the cooking time by using a pressure cooker.


Most Helpful

We loved this one. I did add beef bouillon instead of just water and was a bit salty so won't do that next time. This is so good, served with cilantro rice and black refried beans. What a great Sun. meal.

adopt a greyhound November 19, 2012

I am originally from South Texas--this recipe reminds me so much of the wonderful Tex-Mex foods and flavors of that area. Delicioso! Thanks for posting, PanNan!

babytoothdoc March 25, 2008

Oh WOW! This is the best Guisada I have had....thank you for the recipe! Much better than any other recipes I have tried before. Made according to directions except added a little more garlic and paprika, just because I could. Highly recommended!

Thymestudio April 25, 2006

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