South Texas Carne Guisada

South Texas Carne Guisada


"In this recipe, chunks of lean beef are simmered with fresh tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, garlic, and Mexican seasonings to make a rich spicy gravy (guisada). Serve with warm tortillas and garnish with guacamole, sour cream, and/or cheddar cheese for awesome guisada tacos. If your gravy is too thin, whisk a 1/2 cup of the gravy with 1 tablespoon of flour and stir it back into the meat mixture; cook until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes."


1 h 10 m servings 309 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 309 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 16.9 g
  • 26%
  • Carbs:
  • 11.8g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 27.4 g
  • 55%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 81 mg
  • 27%
  • Sodium:
  • 457 mg
  • 18%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat vegetable oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Place the beef sirloin in the Dutch oven and cook until the cubes are brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion, red bell pepper, tomatoes, garlic, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, paprika, and water.
  2. Continue cooking, stirring often, until the meat is tender, about 30 minutes.
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  1. 117 Ratings


Made this about a month ago and am making it again for dinner tonight. Few changes I made were I browned the beef, then the onions and peppers and put it in the crockpot. Added the rest of the i...

This is "sorta" my recipe. It was changed quite a bit after it was submitted. Add some green bell pepper.. or if you're feeling lazy.. just add a can of Rotel (medium) to the meat as it's cook...

I've rated this recipe before but changed one thing, which I believe, makes it really special. Add a splash ( or two ) of red wine while simmering. This deepens the flavor and complements the ...

I used to live in a town named Del Rio, Texas, and there was a wonderful restaurant there called Don Marcelino's. They served breakfast burritos with Guisado, beans and cheese. This recipe is ...

I made this for my gang when they were all home for Christmas – and I was nervous. Two tablespoons of cumin seemed like a lot when I read the recipe, smelled like a lot while it was cooking, a...

This is THE one! I was so pleased with this recipe, that I became a member just to rate it! I followed the recipe, using stew beef (had it already) and tomato sauce equivalant of a small can and...

We are from West Texas and eat Mexican food regularly 6+ days a week. I LOVE carne guisada. It is how I judge any cook or restaurant. Unfortunately this is NOT carne guisada. This recipe makes u...

If you are looking for excellent flavor without heat, this is the recipe for you. I was delighted to find that, even tho I did not have all of the ingredients on hand, the recipe adapted beauti...

I love beef and buy sirloin frequently on sale for cooking in recipes. This site helps me tremendously to make interesting meals on the fly. And this was good stuff - and called...