Carne Guisada (Braised Beef) with Slow Cooker Option

Carne Guisada (Braised Beef) with Slow Cooker Option

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Carne Guisada (Braised Beef)


Serves/ Yield: 6

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook/ Assembly Time: minutes

Total Time: minutes



  • Cooking oil
  • 2-3 pounds cheap steak or roast, chopped into one-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped well
  • 3 c. water or beef bone broth
  • 1 – 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp.  cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste



Heat a 5 qt. braiser (large, high-sided skillet), over medium-high heat.

Salt and pepper the beef chunks.

Add a tablespoon of oil to the pan and coat the bottom of the pan. When the pan is hot enough a flick of water will sizzle.  If it is smoking, it’s too hot.

Brown the meat in three batches.  You do not want the meat to touch or it will steam, and you will not get nicely browned pieces. Remove the meat. If the pan is dry add more oil. Then add the onions to the pan and sauté for 5-8 minutes, until mostly cooked through.

Return the meat to the braiser and add the water or beef bone broth, tomato sauce, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cumin.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer.  Continue to simmer for 2-3 hours. The meat should be tender, and the gravy will thicken. Stir occasionally.

Serve and Enjoy!

Options and Notes: To make this in a slow cooker prepare as above through the meat browning. Add the meat to a greased slow cooker. Combine the tomato sauce and seasonings with ¼ c. of hot beef bone broth.  Pour over the meat, stir to coat.  Cook on low for 6-7 hours. If there is too much liquid take the lid off for the last half hour and increase the heat to high.


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