Carne Guisado - Colombian Stewed Beef

"A delicious dish with beef, spices and tomatoes. Serve over rice with fried crispy plantains called 'patacon' and a simple salad with a twist of lime and olive oil, salt and pepper."
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Ready In:
1hr 50mins




  • Heat the oil in a skillet and sauté flank steak until browned.
  • Remove from the skillet and sauté chopped tomatoes, thinly sliced onions, minced garlic and cumin until veggies are tender.
  • Add the flank steak, water, bouillon, salt and pepper.
  • Allow to simmer on low until tender and meat pulls apart with a fork.
  • Pull the steak apart into bite sized pieces.
  • Allow the sauce to cook down to desired thickness for serving on rice, or add more water depending on how much it has cooked down.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. after my complaints about colombian recipies posted on this site its great to see this... spot on, after 10yrs living and running a restie in colombia, this is just about bang on.... well done
  2. What a horrible recipe! No flavor at all. Do yourself a favor and skip the water, and use rotel in place of it. Also, use a can of tomato paste as well. This recipe is a good start, but waaay to bland as is. Also add some jalepenos when you cook the veggies if you like it spicier.
  3. There is this wonderful breakfast taco stand down in South Austin that has carne guisado tacos. We moved WAY on the other side of town and haven't been able to find a recipe to match those tacos. This comes so close, it's not even funny. This was SO good. We, of course, used it as taco filling and added potatoes to the mix. Yum. Yum. Yum! Thank you so much for sharing!
  4. This is a great recipe, I am an Irish girl married to a Colombian man, and I tried this recipe several times and it is always a hit with everyone.. It is fairly easy to make and goes a long way...I made this for an office party at my husbands company & at a new years eve party...both were a huge success. the taste is unbeleivable ..... Mix & Match
  5. This was excellent!! One of my 6th grade Spanish students made this for extra credit and it was a huge hit. YUM!


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