America's Test Kitchen LogoCook's Country LogoCook's Illustrated Logo
Cook's Country

In the Library with Toni Tipton-Martin: What Is Carne Guisada?

  This stewed dish is delicious in all its iterations. 

Published Jan. 26, 2024.

In Spanish, carne guisada means “stewed meat.” The term most commonly references a bold and satisfying stew of beef, tomato, and potato eaten in many Latin American countries. 

Sign up for the Cook's Country Dinner Tonight newsletter

10 ingredients. 45 minutes. Quick, easy, and fresh weeknight recipes.

Recipes can vary wildly, but they nearly always include a few core ingredients: beef, broth, chiles, cumin, oregano, potatoes, and sofrito. Sofrito is an aromatic puree of peppers, cilantro, onions, and garlic that forms the base of many Latin Caribbean dishes. 

The classic Puerto Rican version of carne guisada is most often served simply over a bed of white rice. There are Dominican recipes that feature oregano alongside the pepper and tomato base. Adaptations of carne guisada show up in communities along the Texas-Mexico border as well. There, the stew is most often thickened with flour and served as a taco filling.

Cooks Country’s Editor in Chief Toni Tipton-Martin chats about carne guisada in the video below. 

And if you want to try your hand at making it, check out our recipe for Carne Guisada.

This is a members' feature.