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Carne Guisada with floor tortillas

Dive into Carne Guisada: A Slow-Cooked Beef Stew Fiesta!

Carne Guisada with floor tortillas

Tonight's dinner destination: Flavortown, population – you and a steaming bowl of Carne Guisada! This slow-cooked beef stew is the epitome of comfort food. Imagine tender, melt-in-your-mouth stew meat bathed in a rich and savory tomato sauce, seasoned with warm spices. It's a symphony of deliciousness, perfect for a cozy night in.

Carne Guisada: More Than Just Meets the Bowl

  • Slow-Cooked Perfection: This dish simmers low and slow, allowing the flavors to meld beautifully and resulting in incredibly tender beef.
  • Flavorful Fiesta: A combination of aromatic spices like cumin and zesty tomatoes creates a flavor explosion in every bite.
  • Versatile Star: Carne Guisada is traditionally served with warm flour tortillas, but it also pairs wonderfully with rice or mashed potatoes for a complete and satisfying meal.

Ingredients to Gather for Your Carne Guisada Fiesta:

  • Hearty Stew Base:
    • 3 pounds stew meat (cut into bite-sized pieces) - the star of the show!
    • 1 tablespoon cooking oil (lard, bacon grease, or vegetable oil all work well) - for browning the beef
    • 1 medium onion, diced - adds aromatic depth
    • 1 small green bell pepper, diced (optional) - for a touch of sweetness and color
    • 3 tablespoons tomato sauce (or 1 large tomato, diced) - the base for the rich sauce
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 3 cloves garlic, minced) - adds a savory kick
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin - a key flavor player
    • 2 teaspoons salt - to enhance all the flavors
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper - for a touch of warmth
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour - thickens the sauce for a satisfying stew
    • 1 cup water or chicken stock - adds liquid and depth
  • For Serving (Choose your Adventure!):
    • Flour tortillas, warmed - the traditional way to enjoy Carne Guisada
    • Rice or mashed potatoes (optional) - for a heartier and more complete meal

Step-by-Step Guide to Carne Guisada Bliss:

  1. Brown and Beautify the Beef: Heat your oil in a large pan or Dutch oven over high heat. Add the stew meat and cook, stirring occasionally, until it's browned on all sides. This step is essential for building rich flavor in the final dish.
  2. Sautéing the Savory Squad: Once the beef is beautifully browned, add the diced onion and green pepper (if using) to the pan. Sauté for a few minutes, or until the vegetables soften and become fragrant.
  3. Flavor Builders Unite!: Now comes the flavor explosion! Add the tomato sauce (or diced tomato), garlic powder (or minced garlic), ground cumin, salt, and black pepper to the pan. Give everything a good stir to ensure the meat is coated in this flavorful sauce.
  4. Thicken Up the Stew: Sprinkle the all-purpose flour over the meat and vegetable mixture. Stir everything together until the flour is fully incorporated. This roux will act like magic, thickening the sauce and creating a rich and satisfying stew.
  5. Slow Simmer for Ultimate Tenderness: Pour in the water or chicken stock and stir well to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for 1 ½ hours. Let the magic of slow cooking work its wonders – the beef will become incredibly tender and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
  6. Season to Perfection: After the simmering time, take a moment to savor the aroma of your creation! Then, taste the stew and adjust the seasonings with additional salt and pepper, if needed.
  7. Serve and Devour!: Spoon the savory Carne Guisada over warm flour tortillas for a traditional experience. Alternatively, serve it over rice or mashed potatoes for a more complete meal. No matter how you choose to enjoy it, get ready to savor a delicious and comforting dish that will leave you wanting more!