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Slow-Cooker Carne Guisada

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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

Source: Everyday Food, November 2010

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Season beef with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over high. In 2 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.

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  • MS11402627
    20 JUN, 2015
    I found this recipe in a desperate attempt to do something with the roast in our freezer in time for (surprise!) dinner guests. Everyone really liked it. It did have a lot of juice, almost more like a stew than a taco filling. We used Mexican oregano instead of usual, since we had it on hand. Also used potato flour instead of wheat flour for less gluten and more authentic Southwest; it was good!
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  • moniquerachael
    25 APR, 2015
    My husband is very Mexican and I can never make any Mexican dish to satisfy him. This is probably one of the first meals he has liked. Thank you Martha.
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  • mamaleila
    24 OCT, 2014
    Pleasantly surprised by this! To avoid browning anything I set slow cooker to high while empty. Instead of broth added veggie BetterthanBuillon (Costco). 2t of that + 1.5C water first to go in. Next smashed garlic + half can tomato paste instead of diced. Then added all herbs & spices. Instead of chili used chipotle & instead of flour used 2t cornstarch. Let that sit unmixed while chopped veggies. Mixed into thin paste before adding onions & 1 lb frozen stew meat w/ salt then diced bell peppers.
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  • Ivis
    10 MAY, 2014
    I like this recipe however I agree too much sauce. I forgot the chicken broth one time and it turned out more like the picture and just perfect. I also used more jalapenos!
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  • lilylady
    11 JAN, 2014
    Great slow-cooker recipe. Good flavors, but may leave in jalapeno seeds next time. Served in flour tortillas with shredded sharp cheese, sour cream & salsa. Half recipe great for 2 people with leftovers.
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  • Jartz
    7 DEC, 2013
    I like extra spice, so I was generous on the seasoning and added an extra half jalapeƱo to kick it up a notch. Nothing wrong with the original recipe though, it worked beautifully! Delicious tacos I will definitely make again.
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  • RAB
    12 FEB, 2013
    This one was great, it had too much liquid to serve as tacos, so I mixed up some corn starch to thicken and it made a great stew on a cold snowy night. Fried up some corn tortilla strips and topped with cheese. Will make this one again, but may use pork instead of beef, think it would be good with either.
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  • froggie7
    15 JUN, 2011
    Seriously, the best tacos ever!
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  • MS10553092
    14 MAR, 2011
    This was super easy. I didn't follow the exact measurements on the spices/salt, just added what I thought would be right and adjusted before I turned the slow cooker on. I think it was very flavorful
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  • MS10553092
    14 MAR, 2011
    This was super easy. I didn't follow the exact measurements on the spices/salt, just added what I thought would be right and adjusted before I turned the slow cooker on. I think it was very flavorful
    Reply