Carne Guisada (Keto)

Imagine traditional American beef stew, but with flavor!

So, there I was, minding my own business on Twitter this morning when someone in my Twitterverse tweeted about eating Carne Guisada, something I had never heard of, but it looked tasty in his picture.


I poked around and checked out a variety of recipes, deciding on some minor variations to make it my own, but they all seemed fairly straightforward and the ingredient list is mostly stuff that you could have around the kitchen anyway.

So, let’s do this!

What you’ll need:

Okay, let’s go…

  • 2 Tbsp Lard/oil/bacon grease
  • 3 pounds stew meat, in 1″ cubes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 medium green pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 can Rotel (diced tomatoes & green chilies)
  • 2 Tbsp + 1 Tsp of Cumin
  • 1/4 Tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp ancho chili powder (can use regular chili powder)
  • 2 Tsp salt
  • Black Pepper (grind it yourself, to taste)
  • 1 Cup chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp Corn Starch (this is the really non-Keto part)
  • Flour Tortillas, Rice, or a Keto alternative to serve with it

Okay, let’s go…

Finished Product
  1. Prep your stuff. Dice your onion and green pepper, mince your garlic
  2. In a deep pan (preferably cast iron), melt your fat and brown the beef over high heat
  3. Add in the onion, green pepper and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, or so, until they soften
  4. Put in the cumin, cayenne, ancho chili powder, salt, pepper, and chicken stock. Stir to combine and bring to a boil
  5. After boiling for a minute or so, cover and reduce heat to low
  6. Cook on low for around 90 minutes, stirring once or twice and deglazing the pan, if needed
  7. When the beef is tender, uncover and raise the heat, bringing the dish back to a boil. Add in the corn starch and stir until it’s incorporated. Let boil for a minute, then reduce heat to medium and let the dish simmer, stirring occasionally, until it thickens up nicely
  8. Serve with your favorite keto accompaniment, or over rice/with tortillas if you aren’t doing the low carb thing.
  9. Taste it and adjust as you see fit. I added in a healthy squirt of Trader Joe’s Green Dragon sauce to brighten it a touch.

So, with prep and cooking, this took around 1:45. Of that, only about 20 minutes would be considered “active” time.

This makes 6 servings, each with 571 calories, 25.7g of fat, 68.4g of protein and 8.7g net carbs. The nutrition counts don’t include the rice/tortillas.

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