Puerto Rican Canned Corned Beef Stew


This stew recipe is simple, easy, and quick with corned beef in a can and other common pantry items. The end result is delicious and satisfying. Serve it over white rice with sweet fried plantains on the side.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 small potato, peeled and cubed

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ cup sweet corn kernels

  • 2 tablespoons sofrito

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 large bay leaf

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 (12 ounce) can corned beef

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add potato and cook, uncovered, until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Drain.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add drained potatoes, corn, sofrito, and garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomato sauce, oregano, and bay leaf; cook and stir until flavors combine, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in corned beef; cook until heated through, 6 to 8 minutes.


You can use canola oil instead of olive oil. Feel free to use your favorite ingredients instead of what's listed, such as mixed vegetables for the corn. Instead of cubed potatoes, you can fry French fries and add them at the end.

You should be able to find sofrito in your grocery store. If not, make a batch at home with your food processor. Blend (in batches) 2 onions, 1/2 pound sweet peppers, 1/2 bunch cilantro, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup pimento-stuffed olives, 1 Cubanelle pepper (or green bell pepper), 1/2 head peeled garlic, 2 tablespoons roasted red peppers, 3 recao (culantro) leaves, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, 1 teaspoon capers (optional), 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper. If you don't have all the ingredients, don't sweat it! Just use olive oil, onion, garlic, and peppers with whatever other ingredients you might have.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

354 Calories
21g Fat
15g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 354
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 1269mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 16mg 79%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 573mg 12%

* 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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