Slow-Cooker Carne Guisada

Beef simmered with garlic and peppers in a thick tomato sauce makes for a warm and satisfying dinner. A slow cooker turns a less expensive cut of meat into a flavorful stew. Serve it in flour tortillas or spoon over rice.

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  • Servings: 10
Slow-Cooker Carne Guisada

Source: Everyday Food, November 2010


  • 2 1/2 pounds beef chuck roast or bottom round, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium white onion, diced medium
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and diced medium
  • 1 large jalapeno, seeded and diced small
  • 5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Flour tortillas, warmed, grated cheddar, and cilantro, for serving


  1. Season beef with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over high. In two batches, cook beef until browned on all sides, 5 minutes per batch (add 2 teaspoons more oil for second batch). Transfer to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.

  2. In same skillet, cook 2 teaspoons oil, onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic over medium, stirring and scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon, until vegetables are tender, 5 minutes. Add cumin, chili powder, oregano, and flour and cook 1 minute. Slowly pour broth into skillet, stirring until liquid is smooth. Simmer 2 minutes, then transfer mixture to slow cooker, along with tomatoes and bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Cover and cook on high 6 hours. Serve in tortillas with cheese and cilantro.

Cook's Notes

Refrigerate cooled mixture in an airtight container, up to 3 days.


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