A traditional Tex-Mex dish featuring beef and gravy. Serve over mashed potatoes or in tacos or flour tortillas.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt the shortening in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the meat and brown well on all sides. Add the onions and saute for 5 minutes, or until tender. Add the canned tomatoes, jalapeno chile peppers, fresh tomatoes, cumin, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.

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  • Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until meat is tender. (Note: If mixture is too thick, add water as needed. Or if mixture is too thin, combine some cornstarch and water and add to thicken.)

Nutrition Facts

366 calories; protein 38.5g 77% DV; carbohydrates 12g 4% DV; fat 18g 28% DV; cholesterol 104.7mg 35% DV; sodium 314.2mg 13% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2004
A true tex-mex recipe If you know what carne guisada is then this is the real mcoy if you don't know this is the way to find out! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2011
Nahh this ain't it. Read More
(51)
54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2004
A true tex-mex recipe If you know what carne guisada is then this is the real mcoy if you don't know this is the way to find out! Read More
(53)
Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2011
Nahh this ain't it. Read More
(51)
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2004
I used 3 tsp. of ground cumin and 2 x-large or 3 small garlic cloves minced. Plus I added 1 tsp garlic powder. Also 1 Green Pablano Chile instead of 2 jalapenos makes this recipe child friendly. I love this recipe though! Thanks Mike Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2004
my whole family really enjoyed this I cooked it in the pan like it said and then threw it all together in my crock pot and went Christmas shopping and after a long day we came home to the wonderful aroma and all we had to do was fix our plates. How wonderful was that??? only downfall was it wasn't as spicy as I woudl have liked so next time I will add an extra jalepeno. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2004
Yes this was unlike any other Carne Guisada I had ever had. Much more tomatoey. But what ever you call it it is absolutely delicious. I will cook it over and over again. I served it with flour tortillas and it was a huge hit with my family. You must like tomaotes! I omited the shortening and just used Pam cooking spray. After living in South Texas for many years this was a refreshing version of Carne Guisada. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2003
I used this recipe as a starting point. Used about 3lbs of wild pork instead of beef 2 1/2 tsps cumin 1 tsp chili powder and a can of Rotel tomatoes & chilis instead of the fresh tomatoes. It was awesome! Note: If you omit the cumin it AIN'T Carne Guisada! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/30/2010
I've had this dish served in Texas in many places known for Carne Guisada and this recipe doesn't even resemble it. I followed the directions to the letter but was tough and the dish on the whole was bland and runny. I tried to thicken it up some with arrowroot and water but that just made it slimy. I hate to say it but look elsewhere for a passable version of this dish; I know I shall. You just cannot get slow-cooked/braised tenderness in 30-60 mins. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2003
This is a Really good recipe! I let it simmer for about an hour and a half. But I'm sure just an hour would be ok: ) my husband and 8 year old really like it when I make this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2011
One of my favorite recipes....I make this as printed and we all love it. Delicious.......updated! I just made this again and I used the can of rotel tomatoes instead of the fresh ones and I also added Chili powder and a tad bit extra cumin. I also cut up the stewed tomatoes. Thanks for posting this recipe Read More
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