Carne Guisada or Latin Beef Stew – Chunks of beef are simmered in beer with scallions, garlic, tomatoes, cumin and cilantro. Sometimes I make it with just the meat, sometimes I add yucca or potatoes. Serve this over rice with a little aji picante and you'll have a delicious comfort dish, Latin style!
Yield: 5 servings
3 from 2 votes

Carne Guisada (Latin Beef Stew)

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Latin
Chunks of beef are simmered in beer with scallions, garlic, tomatoes, cumin and cilantro. Sometimes I make it with just the meat, sometimes I add yucca or potatoes. Serve this over rice with a little aji picante and you'll have a delicious comfort dish, Latin style!

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup scallions (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 small tomatoes (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp cilantro (minced)
  • 1.5 lb choice round beef stew (cut into small chunks)
  • 1/3 cup light beer
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp adobo (or salt)
  • 1/2 tsp achiote (or sazon)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt to taste
  • 10 oz baby red potatoes (halved or quartered)

Instructions

Stove top:

  • In a large dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add scallions and garlic and sauté about 2 - 3 minutes; add tomatoes, cilantro and a pinch of salt. Cook another 2 minutes, stirring.
  • Add beef to the pot along with beer, water, cumin, adobo, achiote, bay leaf and salt if needed.
  • Cover and simmer on low heat 1 1/2 hours.
  • Test to make sure beef is tender, if not cook another 15 minutes.
  • Add potatoes and cook until soft, about 20 minutes depending on the size.

Pressure cooker instructions:

  • In a large pressure cooker, heat oil over medium heat. Add scallions and garlic and sauté; about 2 - 3 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, cilantro and a pinch of salt. Cook another 2 minutes stirring.
  • Add beef to the pot along with beer, water, cumin, adobo, achiote, bay leaf and salt if needed.
  • Cover pressure cooker; when the lid is locked, reduce heat to low and cook 25 minutes.
  • When the 25 minutes are up, shut stove off. When the pressure from the pot is released, remove the lid, and place the pot uncovered over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil, add potatoes and cook uncovered until potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes depending on the size.

Notes

Makes about 5 cups. Perfect served over 3/4 cup cooked rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 193kcal, Carbohydrates: 11.5g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 5.5g, Saturated Fat: 1.5g, Cholesterol: 61mg, Sodium: 255.5mg, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugar: 1g
Freestyle Points: 7
Points +: 6