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Puerto Rican Beef Stew Recipe

A friend of mine told me that Puerto Rican beef stew is delicious, and I decided to have a taste. At first, I was very doubtful of it because I am not a big fan of experimenting. Eventually, I cooked it for my family and, thankfully, I was not disappointed.

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My kids liked it so much and my wife promised to cook for us some other time. Since that day, we made it one of our main foods, especially when we are having a special occasion. It is a really nice meal.

How to make Puerto Rican Beef Stew

When cooking Puerto Rican beef stew, all that is required is simmering the meat until it is tender enough for you to enjoy your meal. For a thick stew, make sure that you add some potatoes. Carrots add up some sweetness to the meal whereas green olives bring a nice salty flavor to this tasty stew.

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What Makes a Good Puerto Rican Beef Stew?

There are several things about Puerto Rican Beef Stew that makes it really good. The first thing that will definitely attract you is the tender, tasty meat. If you have ever tasted tender meat, then you know what I am talking about.

how to make puerto rican beef stew

The potatoes and carrots are also part of what makes this food so good. I love taking a thick stew, and what makes it come out this way is the addition of potatoes as part of the ingredients. Moreover, carrots add the much-needed flavor to this Puerto Rican dish, making it one of the best stews I have ever taken.

Lastly, the technique of cooking makes it so delicious and appetizing. It is cooked in a slow way, commonly known as simmering. Through this cooking method, you are certain that the meal will be well cooked and have the tasty flavor you need to enjoy it.

puerto rican beef stew recipe

Puerto Rican Beef Stew

Puerto Rican potato and carrots beef stew recipe

Course Main Course
Cook Time 2 hours 7 minutes


  • 2 1/2 lbs Beef cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Sofrito
  • 1/2 tbsp Adobo Seasoning
  • 1/2 tbsp Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Alcaparrado
  • 1 cup Green Bell Pepper chopped
  • 2 lbs Potato peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 packet Sazon
  • 1 lbs Carrots peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 packet Beef Bouillon
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 1/2 cup Onion chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic chopped


  1. Use adobo seasoning to season the beef.

  2. Place olive oil in a large pot and heat it using medium heat. Add the meat gently and stir the occasionally until you notice it turning brown. This should take about 10 minutes.

  3. Next, take the garlic, onion, and pepper and add them to the pot and cook for about 5 minutes. During this time, make sure that you stir several times. Continue this way until you notice the vegetables starting to soften.

  4. After the 5 minutes are over and you are sure that the vegetables are soft enough, add the following: vinegar, sauce, and Sofrito. Allow these ingredients to cook for 2 minutes as you continue to stir the mixture. Add water, Sazon, and beef bouillon and ensure that they mix well. Allow the mixture to boil. After it has boiled well enough, lower the heat and simmer for about 60 minutes. After the one hour period, the meat will have become tender.

  5. You now need to add potatoes and carrots to the stew. Boil it. Add salt if desired. Monitor the stew to make sure that it doesn't dry up. If it happens to dry, add some water. Check out that you don't add a lot of water so that the stew remains thick. Lower the heat, cover the stew, and switch to a simmering mode for around 45 minutes. After the 45 minutes are over, both the vegetables and meat should be tender.

  6. Next, add Alcaparrado and stir gently. Uncover the stew. Allow it to simmer for 5 more minutes. Check the stew to make sure that it is thick. If it is not yet thick, wait until it thickens well enough.

  7. Taste the stew to check whether there is enough salt and, if need be, add the desired amount.

  8. Serve the stew with rice and enjoy a tasty meal.

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