Carne Guisada

Emma Menchaca


This is the same recipe my mother and grandmother used. Very simple and DELICIOUS!!!


★★★★★ 38 votes

20 Min
3 Hr
Stove Top


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green bell pepper
1 medium
3 large
cloves of garlic
2 large
3 lb
boneless beef shoulder roast (or stew meat)
2 tsp
ground cumin
1 Tbsp
heaping tablespoon of lard (vegatable oil or olive oil can be substituted but will not give it the same flavor.)
1 Tbsp
1 tsp
ground pepper
1/2 c
1 Tbsp

How to Make Carne Guisada


  • 1In a large stove top casserole pan add lard, (or oil), and turn heat to medium. Cut up shoulder roast to 1 inch cubes and add to pan.Roughly chop the tomato and add on top of meat.
  • 2Remove seeds from bell pepper, rough chop and add to top of ingredients.
  • 3Rough slice onion and add to pan.
  • 4Chop garlic cloves small and thin and add to top of pan. Add cumin, salt and pepper.Now stir all ingredients together. At this time the aromas should be AMAZING!
  • 5Place lid on top and cook on LOW for 3 hours. 30 minutes before carne guisada is ready add flour to water.
  • 6Now you will notice that the vegetables have cooked down to practically nothing. They have converted to pure flavor! Stir flour mixture into pot and let simmer on low for the next 20-30 minutes.This recipe is so amazingly simple. No fancy ingredients. If this is not the best carne guisada recipe you have ever tried please let me know! Please feel free to add your special touches if you wish but this recipe has not changed for 100 years. It will bring your family together and is so Mexican and traditional.
  • 7The final product sits with traditional Mexican rice and homemade flour tortillas. (Those recipes to come!) I hope you enjoy it as long as my family has enjoyed it. Love to cook and cook with love!

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About Carne Guisada

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #stew, #simple, #traditional

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