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Tex-Mex Carne Guisada

Carne guisada translates to stewed meat in English. It's simply beef stew with fresh and dried peppers in a thick, savory gravy.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Servings 6 people



  • 2 lbs. top sirloin - trimmed (fat reserved) and cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 2 medium poblano peppers - seeded and diced
  • 2 large serrano peppers - minced
  • 1 large yellow onion - diced
  • 1 lb. small red potatoes (or other waxy potatoes, like fingerlings) - cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes - diced
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper - freshly ground
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour


  • Chop the fat you reserved from trimming the beef into small cubes. Cook in the pot over medium heat until it's released about three tablespoons of fat. Discard the solids. If you don't have enough beef fat, you can substitute vegetable oil.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high and brown the cubed beef on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. You may need to do this in three batches to prevent overcrowding.
  • Add the diced peppers and onions and saute until the onions are translucent and beginning to brown. About ten minutes.
  • Add the beef stock, potatoes, tomatoes, seasonings, garlic, and meat. Stir well, bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover and cook for one hour until the meat is tender. Taste for salt and adjust.
  • Remove 1 cup of liquid and stir in the flour until smooth. Add back into the pot and thoroughly mix in. Cook uncovered until thickened. About 10 minutes.
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