Carne Guisada

Carne Guisada is like a Mexican stew.  Guisada means “meat in gravy*.  Carne Asada is just meat (dry).  This recipe is my mother’s and since she reads my blog, I knew I better give her FULL credit:)  You can actually cook this in a crock pot for a few hours and it’s even more tender!!


  • 1 Round steak
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumino
  • 1tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbs. flour
  • 1 seeded and chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 2 cups chopped potatoes
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbs oil
  • water to cover


1. Cut meat up in cubes and throw in pan with oil.

2. Dice up some potatoes while meat is browning.

3. After meat has been browned, add flour, salt, pepper, cumino, and garlic powder.

4. Add onion, bell pepper, potatoes, jalapeno, tomato sauce and enough water to cover.

5. Cover and Cook about 30 to 45 minutes.

Serve this with rice, beans, and tortillas!







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  1. 1

    Mom’s specialities are the best! Looks great

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    nat says

    I must try this one!

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    valmg says

    That looks good! I know my hubby would love that one.

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    HolleeAnn says

    mmmmmmmmmm this looks YUMMY!!!

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    This sounds–and looks–heartily divine. I love the posts that included photos; they show us what we’re shooting for.

    Stews are a favorite of mine this time of year…it’ll be nice to try something new.

    Thanks for joining in Snackalicious/Recipe Round Up this month…it has turned out to be even more delicious than I imagined :).

    (It’s not too late for others to join in…I won’t be having the cookbook drawing until Monday morning.)

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    That looks great! I will try it soon. Great to have the step by step photos, too.

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    Junebug says

    Looks great! I should have posted pictures with my recipes.

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  8. 8

    this looks so good- I have printed it and can’t wait to make it :)

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    Reveille Patterson says

    This look soooo good, I can almost smell it! My mom used to make this the poor folks way with ground beef. You have given me a great idea for a new twist on our old favorite. Thanks!

  10. 10

    Thanks about this for this reason it is so important for me. Thanks again :)

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    irene says

    I have always wanted to know the recipe for Carne Guisada! Oh, by the way, Guisada means Cooked in a pan.

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    Becky McKinney says

    I can not believe I found a recipe for Carne Guisada, I have been looking in all the wrong places I guess. Thanks

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    Daniel Harmes says

    Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe. I fixed this for my family and they including my self loved it my Wife and I love Carne Guisada but we have never had it with actual chopped veggies and potatoes in it.most restaurants don`t prepare it that way. i encourage everyone to try this it is awsome.

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    A Ayala says

    I made this and it was GREAT!!

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    meha says

    I tried this recipe last night for my husband who loves Carne Guisada, but is picky about where he orders it when we eat out. He was born/raised in Texas and orders it in certain Mexican restaurants here in the Houston area. He said mine was as GOOD as his favorite restaurant dish!!! I enjoyed it too, and would definately make it again. I served it with Goya Yellow Rice, Refried Beans, and tortillas.

    I did make a few changes. I used beef stock instead of water (probably almost 3 cups total), red bell pepper instead of green (since I already had one at home), poblano instead of jalapeno (I charred the poblano over my gas flame to blacken the skin, then covered it with plastic wrap for about 20 min, removed the skin and used just the flesh). I added 3 cloves of fresh chopped garlic instead of garlic powder, and I used more cumin (about 1 Tblsp) than called for and also added a little cayenne pepper (about 1/8 tsp). I made a slurry of beef stock (about 1/4 cup and flour about 3-4 Tblsp) and added that to my meat/veg mix. I let it cook about 2+ hours since I used a cheaper cut of meat (sirloin tip roast). I did have to add a little more beef stock as it cooked down, but my gravy was thick and rich. Overall a winner, and the base recipe was a good place to start.

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    Luis says

    “Guisada” means stewed, not gravy nor cooked in a pan. So “carne guisada” means stewed beef.

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    Tere G says

    I’ve never heard of carne guisada with veggies!!I tried making carne guisada b4 but it looked weird!! I’m trying this one 2nite!! (see how it goes!!)

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    Tere G says

    It was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    lovett says

    Stumbled across your web site trying to refresh my memory about Carne Guisada. C G is pretty much a staple around San Antonio in Mex-Tex restaurants and I really miss it,now that I live in yankeeland(north of IH 20).
    I threw in about 1/2 backstrap tailings (venison)with 1/2 stew meat and followed your recipe up to peppers.3 jalapenos and 2 minced,dried chipoltes.(not the canned gunk).Salt,pepper,tabasco, and comino to taste.No tomato,fresh garlic. It’s simmering on the stove as I write.
    Gonna have it with refritos and a big ole chunk of homemade sourdough bread.
    Thanx for a taste of South Texas.
    vox clamantis in deserto

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    MaryAnne says

    This HAS to be a mexican version as I cook Domincan, and theres quite a difference

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    Robert says

    Stumbled across your blog while looking for a carne guisada recipe. Never had it with potatoes but have made it with and without and simply delicious every time! Dare I say…better than my mother’s. Thanks for sharing!

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    Nichole Cherry says

    Found your blog a couple of weeks ago and love it! I tried this recipe a few nights ago and my husband the picky eater loved it. Thanks for the great recipe. I look forward to trying some of the others.