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How To Make Homemade Carne Guisada (Mexican Style-Stewed Meat)

Updated on December 28, 2012

Hey it's me again, Bubba Jasper. I want to share with you one of my personal favorite Mexican dishes that I learned from my beautiful wife! As you may or may not know my wife is Mexican and she has introduced me to many traditional Mexican recipes that I have made over the years. These recipes are so very delicious and my hope is that everyone learn how to make them so they can enjoy them as we do.

This time out it's Carne Guisada which is a delicious blend of tender cooked chunks of beef smothered in a thick cumin and chile spiced gravy! There are also soft cooked potato slices and onion and green bell pepper slices cooked in the gravy with the meat. The dish is served on a plate with corn or flour tortillas on the side to tear into pieces and scoop up the meat and gravy or you can make tacos out of it. I also serve some Mexican rice and refried beans alongside this dish. Super easy to make and so very delicious! I have the recipe below and I hope you will make it and share with your family and friends!

Carne Guisada (My wife's way)

  • 2lbs. beef stew meat
  • 2 tbls flour
  • 1 to 2 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 2 tbls cooking oil
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 large potato, cut in half and sliced in pieces
  • 2 fresh whole jalapeno peppers
  • 1 fresh tomato. chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 2 cups water

Cut stew meat into about 1/2" cubes. Season flour with the cajun seasoning. Coat meat with flour. Heat oil in large skillet and brown meat pieces. Do this in batches so they will brown and not steam. Remove all meat from skillet and set aside. Add onion and bell pepper slices to skillet. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add meat back to skillet.

Place tomato, garlic, bouillon cube and 1 cup of water in a blender with a lid on it. Blend until liquified. Pour tomato mixture over meat in skillet and set heat to medium to medium high. Add cumin and chili powder to skillet. Stir meat and liquid together. Add the other cup of water and the 2 fresh whole jalapeno peppers. Stir and cover skillet. Allow to simmer for about 1 & 1/2 hours stirring occasionally until meat is tender! Add in sliced potatoes after about 1 hour of cooking. You may have to add some water as this cooks to keep it from drying out. Makes a great gravy that surrounds the cubed meat and potatoes!

Serve with warm flour or corn tortillas and your choice of any or all of these accompaniments: fresh homemade tomatillo hot sauce, fresh chopped cilantro, chopped white onions, shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and sour cream.

We make tacos by placing the carne guisada in the tortillas and add whatever toppings we desire and spoon on the hot sauce. Great with a hot pot of Mexican yellow rice and refried beans!!! Don't forget the cooked whole jalapenos in the skillet to serve as well. Cold Mexican beer again is my choice for washing this down!

Mexican Rice (again my wife's way)

This goes great with many Mexican meals we have made over the years and was taught to me by my wife and taught to her by her mother. Great color and flavor! Please save this recipe because as I add more recipes I will be suggesting serving this rice along side them!

  • 1 cup raw rice
  • 2 tbls. cooking oil
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 cups water

Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add in raw rice stirring and cooking until rice starts to brown (about 7 minutes but don't burn it). Add onion, celery and bouillon cube while stirring. Cook and stir for about 3 minutes to soften onions and celery. Add garlic and water mixing well. Bring to boil, cover pan with lid and turn heat to low. Set timer for 20 minutes and do not touch pan (no peeking). After 20 minutes turn off heat and allow to "rest" covered another 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork to mix rice and serve. As I said, please save this one. You'll love it!

Please try this recipe out on your family and friends! I know you will love it as we do! As always, feel free to add your own ingredients or change as you like. Just remember to have fun and it will turn out great! Let me know what you think about this recipe in my comments section.

Food is good! Long live the farmer! Long live the chef! Long live the stove!




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      angel 5 years ago

      great recipe !

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      April 5 years ago

      I made this and it was soooo good!!! Great job!

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      Bubba Jasper 6 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Thank you Miss Julie2! I hope you will enjoy this recipe and I will be sure to thank my wife! What other ingredients do you add in this?

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      Julie2 6 years ago from New York City

      I had to bookmark this to come back to. I am Puerto Rican myself and we make the Carne Guisada with a few other seasonings. I am looking forward to trying your wife's recipe. I am sure it is delicious and my husband will love it to. Thank her for me for sharing it with us...