South Texas Carne Guisada


This carne guisada recipe features chunks of lean beef steak simmered with fresh tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, garlic, and seasonings to make a rich, spicy gravy. Serve with warm tortillas and garnish with guacamole, sour cream, and cheddar cheese for awesome tacos.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 pounds beef sirloin, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped

  • cup water

  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried, crushed Mexican oregano

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon paprika


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook beef in hot oil, stirring occasionally, until brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium.

  2. Add tomatoes, onion, red bell pepper, water, cumin, garlic, garlic powder, oregano, salt, black pepper, and paprika. Cook, stirring frequently, until beef is tender, about 30 minutes.


If gravy is too thin, whisk 1/2 cup gravy with 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl, then stir it back into the meat mixture; cook until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

309 Calories
17g Fat
12g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 309
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 457mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 54mg 268%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 778mg 17%

* 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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