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Caribbean Beef Stew - Carne Guisada

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Caribbean Beef Stew Recipe - Carne Guisada Receta

Caribbean Beef Stew Recipe - Carne Guisada Receta

Copyright 2009 by Hector Rodriguez. Licensed to About.com.
Even the toughest cuts of beef will fall apart after the low and slow simmering action of this stew. The juices from the vegetables cook down into a thick sauce that is flavorful. Serve the stew alone or with white rice, tostones and a tossed salad.

This recipe calls for ajíes dulces, which are small sweet chili peppers. If none are available to you can leave them out or substitute pimientos.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat (fresh, cut into 1 inch chunks)
  • 1 large Cubanelle or green bell pepper (seeded and chopped)
  • 4 ajíes dulces (small sweet peppers, seeded and chopped)
  • 1 large onion (peeled and chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 cups cilantro leaves (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (white, distilled)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano (dried)
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 3 large carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 15-oz can peas
  • 1/2 pound potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 12 Spanish olives (pimento stuffed)
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  1. In a large soup pot brown the stew meat in the olive oil over medium heat for about 20 minutes.
  2. Add the next 10 ingredients - Cubanelle pepper, ajíes dulces, onion, garlic, cilantro, vinegar, oregano, tomato sauce, bay leaves and salt
  3. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 1 hour. The juices from the vegetables and tomato sauce should cook down into a thick sauce. You may add a little water at a time if the sauce is too thick.
  4. After 1 hour, turn the heat to medium and add the last seven ingredients – carrots, peas, potatoes, olives, capers, salt and pepper to taste.
  5. When the stew begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for 1 more hour.
  6. Serve stew hot by itself or with white rice, tostones and a tossed salad.
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 4 out of 5
Sticks to your bones!, Member Justbecca

I love beef stew! I have many different ways to jazz it up! For instance, you can add chick peas or calabasa (a spanish style pumpkin)! This dish should be cooked for no less than 2 hours if you want amazing results! As Hector suggested in his recipe, this dish goes well with white rice...the rice soaks up all the gravy from the beef stew YUMMY! Great recipe and easy to follow! Gracias Hector!

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