My Classic Puerto Rican Carne Guisada


This is one of Puerto Rico's favorites. My family loves it when I make this, especially my husband. I hope you enjoy it too! Because of the time it takes, this is good to make on the weekends. Buen Provecho!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ½ tablespoons corn oil

  • 2 pounds beef round steak, cut into serving-size pieces

  • 3 cloves cloves garlic, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoons sofrito

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 cube beef bouillon

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 1 ½ tablespoons Spanish olives

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste


  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium to high heat and saute meat on all sides until brown, about 10 minutes. Crush garlic with pepper and oregano in a mortar.

  2. Pour wine into skillet with beef. Add crushed garlic mixture, sofrito, salt, beef bouillon cube, and bay leaves; stir to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until meat is tender, about 1 hour. If meat is not tender yet, add 1/2 cup of water and continue to cook until meat can easily be pierced with a fork.

  3. Stir in potatoes, carrots, olives, and tomato paste. Cook on low heat until vegetables are done and sauce thickens, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can use red or white wine in this recipe and also add 1/2 cup of sweet peas when you are adding the carrots and potatoes.

I used a sofrito recipe from this website for my Carne Guisada and served it with rice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

568 Calories
23g Fat
34g Carbs
50g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 568
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 2129mg 93%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 50g
Vitamin C 36mg 181%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 1277mg 27%

* 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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