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Happy Cinco de Mayo! It’s getting pretty festive on Instagram & Pinterest, so I thought I’d share my Carne Guisada (Mexican Stewed Beef) recipe with all of you. And yes, this is a great recipe for those of us choosing baby led weaning with our infants. This recipe is a Tex-Mex specialty and bursting with flavors. This recipe is also frugal-friendly, because we use beef stew meat. For those who can’t hang out in the kitchen for hours, this is a perfect meal to cook all day in your slow cooker. We served it up as a grain bowl (they’re so trendy & pretty), but you can serve it in a tortilla or over scrambled eggs. Carne Guisada makes for a delicious breakfast taco in the morning…if you have leftovers!

Wendy Jo’s Carne Guisada

Serves 4


  • 2 pounds cubed stew meat (confused about stew meat? look here )
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin


  1. In a mixing bowl toss together stew meat, flour, salt and pepper. Remove meat and dust off excess flour. Discard flour and seasonings.
  2. In a large skillet heat 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil over medium high heat. Brown meat in small batches for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a slow cooker.
  3. Once done with meat add the onion to the skillet and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.  Transfer onions and garlic to slow cooker.
  4. Deglaze the pan with beef stock and transfer to slow cooker.
  5. Add in tomatoes and cumin and cook for 6-8 hours on low heat or 4 hours on high.

Simple grain bowl ideas

quinoa, chopped cilantro, red onion, pinto beans, sliced avocado, and grated carrots


rice, shredded lettuce, baby corn or canned corn, black beans, sliced avocado, cheddar cheese, cilantro

Baby Bites:

Beginner…finely chop meat and serve mixed with rice or quinoa + steamed carrots (mix with minced cilantro & olive oil) + avocado

Novice…serve in little bites + avocado wedges + mashed beans + raw finely grated carrot (mix with minced cilantro & olive oil)  (see post)

Advanced…serve chopped and as you would serve your family or deconstructed per toddler’s preference

Need some added grain bowl inspiration? We’ve got you covered!  How would you serve up your carne guisada?