The Perfect Puerto Rican Meal. Everywhere you go this is the one of the main dishes that is served. It goes very well served over steamed rice.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 to 6 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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  • In a large pot, combine tomato sauce, sofrito sauce, sazon seasoning, adobo seasoning, oregano, and salt. Simmer over medium low heat for 5 minutes. Add meat, and cook until evenly browned. Stir in just enough water to cover meat. Cover, and simmer for about 1 hour. Add potatoes, and cook for about 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

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Nutrition Facts

677 calories; protein 44.6g; carbohydrates 18.5g; fat 46.5g; cholesterol 155.3mg; sodium 971mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2005
This recipe was very good. I've learned from past experiences that Sazon and Adobo seasoning are basically seasoning salts. So using tomato sauce w/o salt is good, and/or omitting the extra salt "to taste" or even cutting the adobo seasoning in 1/4-1/2 the amount helps out. As a shortcut I boiled the meat for 30 min, then added the potatoes and cooked until tender; it turned out wonderful and saved me 30 min. This is definitely a keeper for the family. Read More
(85)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/14/2007
This was good but definitely reduce the salt made as the recipe is written it is WAY too salty. Read More
(2)
200 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 146
  • 4 star values: 42
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2005
This recipe was very good. I've learned from past experiences that Sazon and Adobo seasoning are basically seasoning salts. So using tomato sauce w/o salt is good, and/or omitting the extra salt "to taste" or even cutting the adobo seasoning in 1/4-1/2 the amount helps out. As a shortcut I boiled the meat for 30 min, then added the potatoes and cooked until tender; it turned out wonderful and saved me 30 min. This is definitely a keeper for the family. Read More
(85)
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2006
I made this in a slow cooker using the sofrito (also by fivebrig's), and homemade adobo seasoning. I let this cook about 6-7 hours, adding the potatoes the last hour. I used a chuck roast. This was wonderful with habichuelas guisadas and steamed calrose rice. Leftovers are going to be wonderful with some flour tortillas! I can't say thank you enough for sharing this! :) Read More
(67)
Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2006
I had never had Puerto Rican food before, and this was a perfect experience for me. I do, however, agree that it was salty. My Puerto Rican mother-in-law raved over it. I made it in my crock pot, as she suggested and the meat was simply falling apart tender. Will make it again and again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2011
I has 3 lbs of beef cubes that I had to use up and I wanted to make a delicious prican meal....FOUND IT! First thing I did was sear my adobo seasoned cubes in olive oil to brown all sides (about 15 min total stirring once they were browned). In the same pot I added about 1 cup of water and boiled the cubes for 45 min (kept adding water) and then turn down the heat and simmered for another 45 minutes. Doing that really tenderized my meat. Then I followed the directions exactly. Really flavorful!!! Just like my Mama used to make!!! BUEN PROVECHO! Read More
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2008
Very good! I use a 12 oz. can of Coors Light in my carne guisada. It adds alot of flavor and tenderizes the meat. Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2007
Wow I can't believe how close to my mom's beef stew this came! Very fast to put together. My husband complemented how flavorful it was. Only changes I made were that I first seared the beef on the stove (lightly seasoning the beef and coating with flour first--which helps to thinken the gravy) and I used low sodium beef broth in place of the water. My 6 year old is already requesting me to make it again soon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2010
Excellent dish! This was my first taste of Puerto Rican cooking and I'm hooked. Very easy to follow recipe and I let it cook in the crock pot (after browning the beef) for 7 hours on low and the meat was so tender and fell apart. Yum! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2006
This recipe brought me back! My parents are from Puerto Rico and it reminded me of my younger days! I followed everything but omitted the salt. This one is a keeper! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2010
Very good:) I added a carrot for some extra flavor and color. Easy on the salt if you're not into saltiness. The seasonings already have salt. Read More
(11)
Rating: 3 stars
11/14/2007
This was good but definitely reduce the salt made as the recipe is written it is WAY too salty. Read More
(2)
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