Slow Cooker Carne Guisada Recipe

Carne Guisada - Mexican Beef Stew
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 8 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
387 Calories
19g Fat
17g Carbs
37g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 387
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 327mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 37g
Calcium 96mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe is a very simple carne guisada (a Tex-Mex style beef stew), made with stewing beef and beef broth, along with peppers and spices.


  • 1 pound stew beef
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste, optional
  • 10 1/2 ounces condensed beef broth, undiluted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 or 2 small jalapeno or serrano chile peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch, dissolved in a small amount of cold water

Steps to Make It

  1. Brown meat in oil on all sides. Pour off excess grease. Add tomato paste, beef broth, salt and pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, chile peppers, and water.  

  2. Transfer to the slow cooker insert.

  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 12 hours, or until meat is very tender.

  4. Turn to high and dissolve about 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in small amount of cold water and slowly pour into​ the stew, which is simmering, until the liquids are thickened.


  • Serve with rice and warm tortillas, along with refried beans and garnishes.