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Easy Beef Stew (Estofado de Res)

This easy beef stew is a simple dinner yet it’s full of flavor! Serve it with some white rice and warm corn tortillas and you’re all set.

estofado de res

This recipe uses stew meat. I like it because it comes already chopped into pieces. So that’s less work for me.

How to make beef stew

While this is a simple recipe it is very flavorful. I start off by seasoning the meat well.

This is an important step as you want your stew to have flavor. I used salt, pepper, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and chicken bouillon.

Put the stew meat in a large bowl and add in all your seasonings. Then mix well to make sure all the meat is coated.

seasoned stew meat

Let the meat rest for a bit while we prepare the sauce the meat is going to cook in.

This delicious sauce is made from roma tomatoes, garlic cloves, serrano peppers, onion, whole clove, thyme and oregano.

Just toss those ingredients into the blender with water and blend until smooth.

sauce for stew

Now that the sauce is made we can start browning the meat.

Heat up 2 tbs of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the oil has heated up add half of the meat. I add half first so the skillet isn’t crowded. If the skillet is crowded then the meat will end up steaming instead of browning.

Let the stew meat cook for a few minutes or until browned then flip over to the other side and cook for a few more minutes. Transfer the browned meat to a plate. Then add the rest of the meat to the skillet and cook for a few minutes on both sides.

browning stew meat

Now add all of the browned meat to the skillet.

browned stew meat

Pour the sauce over the meat. Add bay leaves and a packet of Sazon with culantro and achiote. Stir. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.

stew meat and sauce in a skillet

The packet of Sazon with culantro and achiote looks like this. You should be able to find it in your local grocery store in the latin american aisle.

sazon goya

After the 2 hours have passed add some chopped potatoes and carrots. Continue cooking for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are tender.

beef stew with carrots and potatoes

The stew is now done. I like to garnish mine with some chopped cilantro. I really like the flavor but you could also use parsley if you prefer.

beef stew with cilantro

I love this stew and especially the flavor of the sauce. For me it wasn’t too spicy but I have a high tolerance for spicy foods. However, you can always reduce or omit the serrano peppers completely if you’re worried about it being too spicy.

This easy beef stew goes great served with white rice and warm corn tortillas.

easy beef stew with white rice on a yellow plate

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Easy Beef Stew

This easy beef stew recipe is simple yet flavorful. It's a delicious and filling meal that pairs well with white rice and warm corn tortillas.

Course Mexican
Cuisine latin american
Keyword beef stew recipe, easy beef stew, estofado de res
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 354 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 2 potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 2 whole carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro chopped
  • 1 packet Sazon Goya with culantro and achiote
  • 2 bay leaves

For the stew meat

  • 1 1/2 lbs stew meat
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil

For the sauce

  • 5 tomatoes roma (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 2 serrano peppers chopped
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 3/4 tsp oregano
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Put the stew meat in a bowl and add the salt, pepper, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and chicken bouillon. Mix together well to make sure all the meat is coated. Set aside.

  2. Put the sauce ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

  3. Heat up the oil in a skillet over medium heat.

  4. Once the oil is hot add half of the meat. Let it cook on each side for a few minutes. Then transfer the meat to a plate.

  5. Add the other half of the meat to the skillet and cook on each side for a few minutes. Add the meat on the plate back to the skillet.

  6. Pour the sauce over the meat. Add the bay leaves and packet of Sazon with culantro and achiote. Stir. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 2 hours.

  7. After the two hours have passed add the potatoes and carrots.

  8. Continue cooking for 20-25 minutes or until the veggies are tender.

  9. Remove the skillet from heat and add the cilantro.

  10. Serve the stew with white rice and warm corn tortillas

Nutrition Facts
Easy Beef Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 832mg36%
Potassium 1089mg31%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 6472IU129%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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