Smoky Chili Braised Beef (Carne Guisada)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 20 mins

Bite-sized chunks of beef chuck are rendered fork-tender after cooking low and slow in a richly seasoned sauce. This Smoky Chili Braised Beef, also known as Carne Guisada, is a flavorful, satisfying meal that will have everyone going back for seconds!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Tex Mex
Servings: 8
Calories: 331 kcal
Smoky Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil divided (or as needed)
Smoky Chili Braised Beef
  • 2 1/2 pounds beef stew meat cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 16 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 green onions chopped (optional)
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 large red-skinned sweet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup light sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt to taste
  1. Combine chili powder, smoked paprika, oregano, cumin, cayenne, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl and set seasoning mix aside
  2. Add two tablespoons oil to a large Dutch oven and place over MEDIUM-HIGH heat. Add half of the beef cubes to the hot oil and sprinkle with about 1/3 of the seasoning mix. Cook, stirring as needed, until browned on all sides, about 6 to 8 minutes. If the spices begin to burn, reduce the heat under the Dutch oven a bit and keep stirring. Transfer the beef to a plate and set aside. Repeat with remaining beef, adding additional oil, if needed, and another 1/3 of the seasoning mix (reserve remaining seasoning mix for later) .

  3. Add more oil to the pan if necessary and add onion. Cook and stir until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for just another minute or until fragrant. Add the tomato paste and cook another minute or two and then add the tomato sauce, beef broth, and remaining seasoning mix and stir until well combined. Let sauce simmer for two to three minutes. Return beef to the pan, bring sauce to a low boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until beef is fork tender.
  4. Meanwhile, place sweet potatoes into a large pot and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer at a low boil until tender all the way through when pierced with a sharp knife, 40 to 45 minutes.
  5. When cool enough to handle, transfer sweet potatoes to a cutting board and use paper towels to pull off the skins. Transfer the peeled potatoes to a large mixing bowl and use a hand mixer to combine them with the sour cream, butter, and salt, to taste.
  6. Ladle the beef and sauce over mounds of sweet potatoes and garnish with green onion.
Nutrition Facts
Smoky Chili Braised Beef (Carne Guisada)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 685mg30%
Potassium 1038mg30%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 7435IU149%
Vitamin C 12.6mg15%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.