Carne Guisada

25
Emma Menchaca

By
@Emma69

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

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Muy Bueno! Seasoned perfectly, this Carne guisada is very, very good. The combination of fresh vegetables and cumin is fabulous. Once cooked, the meat is tender with a sauce that gets thickened at the end. This stew is simple to prepare but does take time to cook down. Don't rush it... The key to this recipe is low and slow. Serve with Emma's Mexican Rice recipe for a comforting Mexican meal.

Note: Make sure to occasionally stir while this is simmering and check if more water is needed. After about 2 hours, we added 1/2 cup of water. The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 62 votes

Comments:
Serves:
7-10
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
3 Hr
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 1
    green bell pepper
  • 1 medium
    onion
  • 3 clove
    garlic (large)
  • 2 large
    tomatoes
  • 3 lb
    boneless beef shoulder roast (or stew meat)
  • 2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp
    (heaping) lard (vegetable oil or olive oil can be substituted but will not give it the same flavor)
  • 1 Tbsp
    salt
  • 1 tsp
    ground pepper
  • 1/2 c
    water
  • 1 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour

How to Make Carne Guisada

Step-by-Step

  1. In a large stovetop pan, add lard (or oil) and turn heat to medium.
  2. Cut up shoulder roast to 1-inch cubes and add to pan. Roughly chop the tomato and add on top of meat.
  3. Remove seeds from bell pepper. Rough chop and add to the top of ingredients.
  4. Rough slice onion and add to the pan.
  5. Chop garlic cloves small and thin and add to the top of the pan.
  6. Add cumin, salt, and pepper.
  7. Now stir all ingredients together. At this time the aromas should be AMAZING!
  8. Place lid on top and cook on LOW for 3 hours. Stir occasionally.
  9. 30 minutes before carne guisada is ready, add flour to the 1/2 cup water. Stir flour mixture into the pot.
  10. Now you will notice that the vegetables have cooked down to practically nothing. They have converted to pure flavor!
  11. 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.
  12. The final product sits with traditional Mexican rice and homemade flour tortillas. 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




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