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Carne Guisada, or Latin Beef Stew, is a hearty and flavorful dish that’s perfect for a cozy dinner. With tender beef, diced potatoes, and a blend of aromatic spices, this stew is sure to warm you up on a chilly night.


2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 bell peppers, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup beef broth
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish


In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef stew meat and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Remove the beef from the pot and set aside.

In the same pot, add the onion, garlic, bell peppers, and jalapeño pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the onions are softened.

Add the canned tomatoes, beef broth, tomato paste, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper to the pot. Stir to combine.

Add the browned beef back into the pot and stir to combine. Add the diced potatoes and stir again.

Cover the pot and simmer for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the beef is tender and the potatoes are cooked through.

Serve hot, garnished with fresh cilantro. This stew is delicious with rice, beans, or warm tortillas. Enjoy!

Note: You can adjust the level of heat in this stew by adding more or less jalapeño pepper. For a milder version, you can leave it out altogether.

Carne Guisada (Latin Beef Stew): Cooking Tips

To save time, you can brown the beef in batches and set it aside while you cook the vegetables.

For a richer flavor, you can use bone-in beef stew meat instead of boneless.

If you don’t have canned tomatoes, you can use fresh tomatoes instead. Simply chop them and add them to the pot with a bit of water.

This stew tastes even better the next day, so feel free to make it ahead of time and reheat it when ready to serve.

Serve this stew with your favorite side dishes, such as rice, beans, or warm tortillas, to make it a complete meal.

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