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Carne guisada served with rice, beans and avocado.

Carne Guisada

This Mexican style carne guisada is beef that is stewed with tomatoes, peppers and spices until it becomes tender and flavorful. Serve your stewed beef as-is, or use it to make burritos, enchiladas, or many other different specialty dishes!
Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 370kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 pounds beef stew meat or chuck roast cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup fresh tomatoes seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth plus more if needed
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped


  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Place the beef in a single layer in the pot. Season the beef with the salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown. You may need to work in batches.
  • Return all the meat to the pot. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook for 4-5 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, cumin, oregano, chili powder, paprika and beef broth.
  • Stir to combine, then turn up the heat to medium-high until the mixture comes to a simmer.
  • Cover the pot. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, or until beef is tender. If you feel like the mixture is getting too dry you can add more beef broth, 1/4 cup at a time.
  • Uncover the pot. Sprinkle with cilantro, then serve.



Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 846mg | Potassium: 954mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 513IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 6mg