Source of Recipe
Kacie told me about this recipe. Carne Guisada can be a meal in itself, served in a bowl with tortilla chips. Itís also wonderful nestled between refried beans and rice. I like to wrap it up in flour tortillas for tacos or like a fajita.
List of Ingredients
4 pounds of chuck or bottom round beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
5 cloves of garlic, minced (about 1/4 cup)
2 (14.05 oz.) cans of diced tomatoes or 6 fresh tomatoes, diced
2-3 jalapeno peppers, diced
2-3 Serrano peppers, diced
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
2 cups of water
1 (12 oz.) bottle of dark Mexican beer or any beer I use Coors)
1 tablespoon of flour (optional)
In a large pot or a Dutch oven, brown the beef on medium high heat in 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil, may have to do in batches.
Remove beef from pot, add the final 2 tablespoons of oil and cook on medium heat the onions and chilies for about 10 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
Throw in the browned beef, add the herbs, spices, water, tomatoes and beer and mix everything really well. Turn up the heat to high, bring the stew to a boil and then turn heat down to low and simmer for five hours, stirring occasionally. At this point, some of the meat will have turned to strings thus thickening the gravy.
Note: If you want your meat to be distinct cubes rather than strings, lessen the cooking time. If you cook the stew for less time, you may also need to add some flour to thicken the gravy. Take out a 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid, stir into it a 1 tablespoon of flour and then incorporate this back into the stew. Stir until gravy has thickened. Also, I like my meat in big stringy chunks, but if you prefer smaller pieces, cut the meat into 1/2 inch cubes.