Rio Grande Valley Style Carne Guisada

Recipe by PanNan
READY IN: 2hrs 15mins




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