Hearty Carne Guisada (Mexican Beef Stew)

The ultimate comfort food - literally anyone who tries this carne guisada recipe falls in love!

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 384 kcal
Author Stacey aka the Soccer Mom


  • 2 lbs sirloin steak cubed
  • 2 white onions 1 diced, 1 quartered
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 2 large baking potatoes cubed
  • 1 cup carrots sliced
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes Italian seasoned
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves pressed
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and 1/2 teaspoon each of: cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and Mexican oregano.

  2.  Dredge sirloin cubes in spice mixture until well coated.

  3. Add diced onion to large sauté pan over medium heat with a Tablespoon of your choice cooking oil.

  4. Once onion begins to caramelize, add meat and diced peppers. Stir occasionally until meat starts to brown on the outside (about 2-4 minutes).

  5. Once meat is just browned on the outside, add 4 cups beef stock to pan, along with 1/2 teaspoon each of: cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, Mexican oregano, and salt. Add 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 3 pressed garlic cloves, 2 bay leaves, and 1 can of stewed tomatoes.

  6. Stir well then add cubed potatoes, sliced carrots, and 1 quartered onion. Reduce heat to low and allow to cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. (2 hours is more than sufficient, but the longer it stews, the more tender the meat will be).

Recipe Notes

PS- Don't be intimidated by the lengthy ingredient list, about half of them are spices that you probably already have in your pantry and the rest are basic grocery items!

Note: Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.

Nutrition Facts
Hearty Carne Guisada (Mexican Beef Stew)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 384 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 644mg28%
Potassium 1371mg39%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 4370IU87%
Vitamin C 54.4mg66%
Calcium 103mg10%
Iron 6.8mg38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.