Carne Guisada

Carne Guisada.  It's one of those recipes that Nana Rosa (Grandma) doesn't even have written down.  It's a dash of this.  A handful of that.  You know, some beef and tomatoes.  How many?  You know... Enough.

Well, we've gleaned the recipe from numerous creations and derived a formula you can follow to have Homemade Carne Guisada in your kitchen.
Instructions: Toss the cut beef in the flour and salt and pepper mixture to coat and season.  Set aside.  Throw all the ingredients in a crock pot and cook.

When it's done, brown some flour in a skillet and add the amount of flour and water needed to thicken appropriately and create the amount of gravy you want.

Yes, I know you want to know exactly how much water and flour to add, but its not only a personal preference, but varies based on the water content of your ingredients.


Item Amount
Main Ingredients:
Stew Meat 1½ lbs 
Onion, medium 1 each
Tomato, medium - sliced1 each
Bell Pepper, chopped½each
Garlic Clove 1 each
Cumin Seeds, fresh ground2 tsp
To Coat and Brown Beef:
Flour 1 cup
Salt 2 tsp
Pepper 2 tsp
To thicken:
Flour, toasted 2 TBS
Wateras needed

Tips: Cooking time varies based on the setting of your crock pot.  But if you were to cook it covered on a stove, you would simmer it for three hours.

Low-Fat Options: It's fairly low fat as it is, just make sure you choose a lean cut of beef.