Carne en su Jugo (Meat in its Juices)


Carne en su jugo is a Guadalajara favorite. Small pieces of flank steak are cooked in their juices, then mixed with whole beans and crispy crumbled bacon. It makes me feel at home!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins


  • 6 slices bacon

  • 3 cups water

  • 4 fresh tomatillos, husks removed

  • 3 serrano chile peppers, seeded and chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • 2 pounds flank steak, cut into 1/2-inch squares

  • 1 cube chicken bouillon

  • 2 (15.5 ounce) cans pinto beans

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 lime, cut into 6 wedges


  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Crumble bacon and set aside.

  2. Combine water, tomatillos, serrano peppers, and garlic in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Transfer contents to a blender; blend until smooth and set aside. (You can skip the simmering step and blend raw tomatillos, peppers, and garlic with water and a few pieces of browned flank steak if you like.)

  3. Place a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir flank steak in the hot skillet until completely browned. Pour tomatillo mixture over beef and bring to a boil. Stir in chicken bouillon and reduce heat to medium. Cover the skillet and simmer until tender, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  4. Meanwhile, heat pinto beans in a saucepan over medium heat until warm; reduce heat to low to keep warm until needed.

  5. Stir bacon and pinto beans into flank steak mixture; divide mixture between 6 bowls. Garnish each with onion, cilantro, black pepper, and a lime wedge.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

373 Calories
16g Fat
28g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 373
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 860mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 11mg 55%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 763mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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