This version of Carne Guisada came about because I have leftover uncooked stew meat and didn’t know what to do with it. Since hubby was craving for some Mexican food, and I didn’t feel like going out to eat, I created this quickie recipe.
It only took me about 1/2 an hour to cook it, and it’s surprisingly flavorful and easy!! Very quick and easy version than the real Tex-Mex/ Mexican/ real version of Carne Guisada. But, it works for me! I didn’t want to wait for 10- 18 hours before I could enjoy the meal although some people recommend to use crockpot.
Since the thought of making this dish only came out a few hours before hand, I really didn’t know that making it, requires 10- 18 hours stewing on a pot! So, I created this method. Give it a try, and be sure to let me know if it works for you and you like it! Any comment is welcomed.
1/2 lb cubed meat/ stew meat
unseasoned powder meat tenderizer
2 packets of taco seasoning
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
salt to taste, if you need more
1/4 can of 6 oz. canned tomato paste
2 tsp cornstarch- dilute with a little water
2 tbps oil to fry
1 cup of water
Sprinkle the meat with the unseasoned powder tenderizer. Set aside for at least 1 hour. Marinade meat with taco seasoning for at least 2 hour.
When the meat is marinated, put 2 tsps oil in a frying pan. Quickly stir fry the cubed meat until they are evenly brown. Stir in just enough water to cover meat. Next, put in tomato paste, and mix well until it comes to a boil.
Cover, and simmer for about 1/2 hour. Add all the remaining seasoning- oregano, garlic powder, cumin, additional salt, if needed, and diluted cornstarch. Mix well. Set aside for about 5 minutes or until the gravy becomes thicker.
Remove from heat, and enjoy!! You can also add potatoes if you like, and side of beans. Yumm!!