Carne Guisada for the Slow Cooker

Carne Guisada (Mexican Beef Stew)


Carne Guisada (Mexican Beef Stew)

Carne Guisada for the Slow Cooker

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 lbs beef stew meat
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilies or plain diced tomatoes (reserve juices)
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T. flour
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder


  • fresh cilantro
  • grated cheese
  • pico de gallo
  • sour cream


Put water in slow cooker and add meat. Salt and pepper as desired. Drain juice from tomatoes with green chilies into a 2 cup measuring cup and place tomatoes with green chilies over meat. Add garlic, onion, and green pepper. Cook on high for about 30 minutes. Add spices to slow cooker and stir. Add enough water to the reserved juice from tomatoes with green chilies to make 1-½ cups liquid. Heat liquid in microwave or on stovetop. Add flour to liquid and mix well. Add flour mixture to slow cooker and stir to blend well. Cook on low for 3-4 hours until sauce is thickened and meat is tender.


  1. These instructions are for making Carne Guisada in the slow cooker; you can find the instructions for the Instant Pot here.
  2. If you prefer mild vs. spicy food, substitute the canned tomatoes for the tomatoes with green chilies.
  3. Leftovers from Carne Guisada can be used to make beef enchiladas, Tex-Mex Beef Casserole, or burritos.
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex

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Carne Guisada (Mexican Beef Stew)

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