Carne Guisada with Flour Tortillas

Carne Guisada, a Mexican beef stew, is a hearty and flavorful dish that’s often served with warm flour tortillas. This recipe combines tender chunks of beef with a rich, spiced gravy, creating a comforting and satisfying meal. Let’s dive into creating this Mexican comfort classic.

Ingredients You’ll Need

For the Carne Guisada:

  • 2 pounds (about 900g) beef stew meat, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)

For the Flour Tortillas:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup warm water

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Carne Guisada

  1. In a bowl, combine the cubed beef stew meat with the all-purpose flour, salt, and black pepper, ensuring the meat is well coated.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the floured beef and brown it on all sides. Once browned, remove the beef from the pot and set it aside.

Step 2: Sauté the Aromatics

  1. In the same pot, add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and bell pepper. Sauté until they become soft and fragrant.
  2. Return the browned beef to the pot.

Step 3: Add the Tomatoes and Spices

  1. Stir in the diced tomatoes, beef broth, ground cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.

Step 4: Simmer the Stew

  1. Cover the pot and let the Carne Guisada simmer for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the beef is tender and the flavors have melded.
  2. Check and adjust the seasoning as needed during the simmering process.

Step 5: Prepare the Flour Tortillas

  1. In a bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and salt.
  2. Add the vegetable oil and warm water, mixing until a dough forms.
  3. Divide the dough into small balls, about the size of golf balls.
  4. Roll each ball into a thin circle, then cook them on a hot, dry skillet until they puff up and have golden spots.

Step 6: Serve and Enjoy

  1. Serve your Carne Guisada with warm flour tortillas.
  2. Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.

This Carne Guisada with Flour Tortillas is a comforting and flavorful Mexican classic. With its tender beef stewed in a rich, spiced gravy, it’s the perfect dish for family gatherings or when you’re craving a hearty meal. Whether you’re sharing it with friends and family or enjoying it on your own, this dish is a true comfort classic. Enjoy!

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