Super Delicious Carne Guisada Recipe – Easy and QUICK!


Super Delicious Carne Guisada Recipe

Yall! When I moved to Texas — I had never heard of Carne Guisada.  But it quickly became a staple in our house because my hubby is quite the self taught chef.

He tweaked the recipes that were passed down to him over the years – mainly the male family members who would make this favorite beef stew while at the hunting ranch.

Picture of a place setting with a bowl of carne guisada and a tortilla

You are in luck – because today – I am sharing with you my husband’s favorite way to make Carne G.  And it won’t take all day to make it either. 

Picture of the all the ingredients that will be used to make carne guisada


  • 5 thin cut ribeye steaks — cut into chunks 
  • 1 large white onion chopped
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic pressed
  • ½ bell pepper chopped
  • ½ poblano pepper  or 1 jalapeño chopped (if you like heat)
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste (we like the kind out of a tube)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 4-6 yukon gold potatoes — peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cumin (fresh ground has best flavor)
  • 16-24 ounces of beef broth
  • 1 Knorr tomato bouillon with chicken cube
  • 2-3 bay leaves (this is important)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cilantro (optional)


In a stew pot – over medium high heat, sauté the onions, bell pepper, jalapeno and garlic for a few minutes.  Then add the cubed steak pieces and – cook until brown.

Making Carne guisada stirring pot with raw onions, garlic, bell peppers and jalapenos

In the same pot – add the 16oz. beef stock, bay leaves, tomatoes, tomato paste, Knorr and cumin. Cover with lid, lower the heat to low and simmer for 30-45 minutes (stirring occasionally).  Check the tenderness of the meat because ribeye will fall apart quicker than other meats.  

Taste the broth – if you think it needs more seasons – this is the time to do it.

Carne Guisada being made - this picture shows the raw potatoes going into the pot

Add the potatoes to the liquid.  If you need more liquid – add more beef stock or water (enough to cover potatoes).  Cook on low-med heat – stir occasionally until potatoes are to YOUR tenderness (could be 20-30 minutes).

Carne guisada in large pot showing bay leaves

While you are waiting for this to be perfect.  You can heat up some flour tortillas to serve.

Also as a side note – you can also garnish with cilantro and chopped onions.

Click this link to see our Instagram Reel on making this recipe.

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Darcy Esparza
Darcy started her professional career in CC in 1994 and immediately moved away for her job, got married to her husband, Louie, and started her family before moving back to the Coastal Bend in 2012. Darcy grew up in Florida before making Texas her home. She has a journalism degree from the University of Florida but is more known for her middle school math teaching career and her now title as co-owner of a local mattress store, BoxDrop Mattress (social medial handle @boxdropcc). Darcy and Louie have been married for more than 20 years, have 4 children, 2 granddaughters, and 2 dogs.