Carne guisada - Tex-Mex stew

Jul 7, 2008 at 1:12 a.m. ET

Carne guisada is a popular Tex-Mex recipe that is often served in Texas and other parts of the southwestern United States. This Mexican-inspired stew is a dish your whole family will love.

Jalapeno peppers

You can reduce or increase the amount of peppers in this recipe, depending on how spicy you like your food.

Carne guisada


  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs. beef stew meat or chuck roast (cubed)
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 6 oz. (1/2 can) tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. ground comino (cumin)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 3 seeded jalapeno or serrano peppers
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. water
  • salt to taste


  1. Saute onions in oil on medium heat until soft.
  2. Add meat and cook until outside is browned.
  3. Pour in broth along with tomato paste, comino, garlic, black pepper, chili powder and peppers.
  4. Reduce heat to low. Simmer until beef is tender and cooked through, up to two hours.
  5. In a cup, mix cornstarch and water, then add to beef and stir until thickened. Add salt if desired.
  6. For an extra hearty meal, you can add zucchini or even potatoes to the recipe.

Tex-Mex carne guisada

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