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Carne Guisada

Carne Guisada

This Mexican beef stew is oozing with lots of flavors from herbs and spices. Every bite of this tender and juicy beef is an explosion of savory flavors and delectable goodness. The thick and rich sauce dripping over the warm rice is gorgeously enticing. With spiciness not too overpowering.
Course Entree
Cuisine Mexican, Tex Mex
Keyword carne guisada
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Calories 364kcal
Author Imma


  • 2 pounds stew beef, cut into chunks
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Teaspoons Sazon seasoning or more (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano spice
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 serrano pepper, slightly toasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves, chopped


  • Add beef to a large bowl then season with salt, pepper, and sazon seasoning (optional). Lightly flour with about 3 tablespoons flour.
  • Heat a large skillet or pot on medium-high heat and pour the vegetable oil. Add the beef and brown on both sides. As soon as beef browns up add garlic and onions, sauté for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in diced tomatoes, cumin, oregano, and chili powder. Cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in water and/or beef stock and mix well making sure every inch of the pot has been closed.
  • Bring to a boil, cover pan, and reduce heat to low. Cook for 1 ½ hour, or until meat is tender. Throw in diced serrano pepper and continue to cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Add in cilantro to taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  • Serve with rice and or tortillas.


  • Choose the beef with lots of marbling. Leaner cuts of beef tend to come out dry and extremely chewy.
  • Low and slow is the way to go to achieve fork-tender meat.
  • Make sure there is enough water or beef broth to cover the beef, simmer on low fire for 1 ½ hour, covered.
  • Use a pressure cooker if you want to shorten the cooking time.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only. Please keep in mind that it is a rough estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary greatly based on the products used.


Serving: 400g | Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 616mg | Potassium: 1723mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 5837IU | Vitamin C: 173mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 8mg