Colombian Beef Stew (Carne Guisada)

Savory beef, tender potatoes, and a richly spiced sauce make this Colombian Beef Stew recipe a new twist on an old classic. Topped with creamy avocado-cilantro sauce, this satisfying dinner will quickly become a family favorite!

Looking for Colombian recipes? Here is a great one! Colombian Beef Stew (Carne Guisada) - I could put that creamy avocado-cilantro sauce on ANYTHING!

I love, love, love making stew.

I love how the comforting aroma of this Colombian stew floats through the house. I love how it practically cooks itself.

I love curling up on the couch with a steaming bowl of beef, potatoes, and rich broth.

I love this Colombian recipe, in particular, because it has a wonderful Latin flavor and is topped with an unexpected creamy avocado-cilantro sauce.

Savory beef, tender potatoes, and a richly spiced sauce make this Colombian Beef Stew a new twist on an old classic. Topped with creamy avocado-cilantro sauce, this satisfying dinner will quickly become a family favorite! Delicious Carne Guisada Colombiana!

You can eat this Colombian Beef Stew straight out of the pot, or serve it with rice and beans if you like to mix things up a little bit.

This is a great carne guisada recipe to prepare when you’re expecting company because it happily simmers away on the stove while you “clean” the house (a.k.a. hide the messy stuff).

It does take a few hours on the stove, but it doesn’t need to be babysat so you are free to take care of that daunting pile of laundry.

Or, you know, just drink wine and browse Pinterest for hours at a time.

Looking for Colombian food recipes? Here is a great one! Savory beef, tender potatoes, and a richly spiced sauce make this Colombian Beef Stew a new twist on an old classic. Topped with creamy avocado-cilantro sauce, this satisfying dinner will quickly become a family favorite!

You don’t need any fancy equipment to make this delicious Colombian dinner; as long as you have a sharp knife and a good, lidded pot you should be all set.

If possible, I’d highly recommend preparing this in a Dutch oven.

I’m a little bit obsessed with mine and cook everything but pancakes in it.

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Colombian Beef Stew (Carne Guisada)

Colombian Beef Stew (Carne Guisada)

Savory beef, tender potatoes, and a richly spiced sauce make this Colombian Beef Stew a new twist on an old classic. Topped with creamy avocado-cilantro sauce, this satisfying dinner will quickly become a family favorite!

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

For the Carne Guisada

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds stew beef
  • 3 cups chopped ripe tomatoes (about 4 tomatoes)
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion (about 2 medium onions)
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes, cut into uniform bite-sized pieces

For the Creamy Avocado-Cilantro Sauce

  • 1/2 of a large, ripe avocado
  • Juice of half of one lime
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves and stems
  • 1 scallion (green onion)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a 5-quart or larger Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the beef in a single layer and let cook, undisturbed, until the meat is browned and releases easily from the bottom of the pan (3-5 minutes). Turn the beef and repeat process to brown on each side.
  2. Add the tomatoes and onion to the pot. Toss well and use a wooden spoon to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the garlic, cumin, and cayenne pepper and cook for 30 seconds. Pour the beef broth and vinegar into the pot and allow the contents of the pot to come to a boil. Turn the heat down to low, cover, and simmer until the beef is tender (90-120 minutes).
  3. Add the potatoes and cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 30-60 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the creamy avocado-cilantro sauce by placing the avocado, lime juice, cilantro, scallion, and salt into the bowl of a small food processor or blender. Pulse a few times, then slowly add the olive oil and continue to process until creamy and smooth.
  5. Serve the stew warm topped with the creamy avocado-cilantro sauce.

Nutrition

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 510|Total Fat: 26g|Saturated Fat: 5g|Trans Fat: 0g|Unsaturated Fat: 19g|Cholesterol: 94mg|Sodium: 494mg|Carbohydrates: 37g|Fiber: 6g|Sugar: 12g|Protein: 36g|

Nutrition information has been auto-calculated for your convenience.

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March 2, 2015 | Last Updated on January 14, 2021 by Linda

6 thoughts on “Colombian Beef Stew (Carne Guisada)”

  1. I made this recipe tonight. Followed it exactly. My husband and I loved it.! So excited that we have leftovers for another night! Thank you!

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  2. Love, love, love this recipe! I switched the potatoes with cauliflower because we are watching our carbs and it’s still amazing! So glad I found on Pinterest!

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  3. I love this idea! Beef stew is one of my favorites and this is a fun twist to try. It looks like the last comment I posted never went through, but I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and LOVE your recipes. I’m a Portlander too so its fun getting to follow your blog knowing you’re in the same city, especially with this amazing weather we’re having. Hellooo early summer. 🙂

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    • I know, right!? I’m loving this weather sooo much. It inspired me to make a fun cocktail today. Can’t wait to share it tomorrow – it’s Portland themed! 🙂

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