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.


    • 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
    • ⅓ 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.
  3. Cook, stirring frequently, until beef is tender, about 30 minutes.

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