Mexican Beef Stew Recipe is slow-braised with taco seasoning, jalapenos, limes, and tomatoes. Lots of herbs and spices for an incredibly flavorful stew complete with vegetables and tender beef!
Mexican Style Beef Stew
Mexican Beef Stew Recipe is an explosion of flavor. The beef is ridiculously tender, and it’s braised in a savory sauce made of broth, herbs, and seasonings. Bringing in the Mexican flair are the jalapenos, taco seasonings, and limes. We’re also adding some red wine and butter for extra richness.
Finally, we’re finishing the dish with hearty veggies like carrots, spuds, and mushrooms. This is a fantastic dish that’s so tasty, you’ll be proud to serve it to a company!
What is the best meat cut for stew?
Chuck, definitely. It has all the elements of a great beef stew cut— lots of connective tissue, tough meat that becomes tender when cooked low and slow, and a nice amount of marbling.
As a bonus, it’s also one of the least expensive among all the stewing cuts, so it’s really budget-friendly.
Homemade Mexican Beef Stew Ingredients:
- Meat, plus a little flour for coating: We prefer using chuck, with all excess fat trimmed and sliced into cubes about 2-3 inches big.
- Aromatics: To build flavor, we’re using the classic combo of onions, fresh garlic, and celery.
- Herbs and seasonings: This Mexican stew is full of herby, warm flavors from thyme, a few bay leaves, plus fresh parsley for garnish. As for our seasonings, taco seasoning gives this dish that defining Tex-Mex flavor, complemented with Worcestershire and tomato paste for additional depth.
- Vegetables: Making this a really hearty meal are tasty veggies like carrots, diced tomatoes, mini red potatoes, colorful bell peppers, and meaty baby Bella mushrooms.
- Beef broth: This is our primary stewing liquid, and we recommend using the low-sodium kind to keep the salt down.
- Lime: The juice and zest of one lime really brighten up the sauce!
- Jalapenos: Optional if you like it mild, but we cannot recommend it enough! That slightly tangy spiciness is amazing in this dish.
- Red wine: Our deglazing liquid, and makes the sauce more complex.
- Butter and vegetable oil: For sautéing and searing our ingredients.
How to make Tender Mexican Beef Stew from scratch?
- Brown. Toss the chuck cubes in flour, then sear in batches until all the meat have a beautiful, brown crust. Set this aside.
- Sauté the aromatics and the seasonings. Next, pour in the wine and scrape all the brown bits left at the bottom of the pot. Melt the butter in this, then sauté your minced garlic and diced onions in there. Then, add in your bell peppers, jalapenos, taco spices, lime zest and juice, Worcestershire, and tomato paste, plus diced tomatoes. Stir all that up before pouring in the broth.
- Cook. In that seasoned broth, arrange your chuck cubes, plus the herbs, onion chunks, and garlic. Cool for 1.5 hrs. on low heat until the chuck is tender. Remove the bay leaves and sprig of thyme.
- Finish with the veggies. Mix your veggies into the pot, then stick it into a preheated oven for about an hour or until the veggies are done to your liking.
- Serve. Enjoy hot, with fresh parsley on top.
Recipe Variations and Substitutions:
- Include more vegetables: This dish is also excellent with sweet potatoes, parsnips, frozen peas, winter squash, rutabaga, and green beans.
- Slow cooker: Follow the instructions in our Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe using the ingredients for Mexican Beef Stew.
- Use other cuts: Can’t find chuck? Other cuts like a bottom round roast, round tip roast, and even brisket will work really well.
- Extra spice: Want more heat in your meal? Add cayenne or chili powder, chopped red-eye chilis, dried red pepper flakes, or serrano.
How to thicken Mexican Beef stew?
To get that thick, silky gravy, stir in some cornstarch slurry (a simple 1:1 mix of cornstarch plus water), then simmer until it’s as thick as you like.
What to serve with Mexican Beef Stew?
How to store leftovers?
Once the leftovers are completely cool, transfer them to a big container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Alternatively, you can transfer them into freezer bags and store them frozen for up to three months. Thaw before heating up.
To reheat, microwave until hot, or warm it up with a splash of stock on the stove.
More homemade Beef recipes to try:
- If the dish starts looking dry while cooking, just adds some water or broth.
- Also, skim the braising liquid from time to time while cooking to remove excess fat.
- Chop the veggies in roughly the same size so they cook at the same time.
- Don’t be afraid to brown those chuck cubes really well! Those brown bits are loaded with flavor and will take your stew to the next level.
Mexican Beef Stew Recipe
- 2 pounds beef stew meat (trimmed and cut into 2-3 inch cubes)
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup red wine
- 2 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
- 1 medium onion (peeled and finely diced)
- 1 medium onion (cut into quarters)
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 4 cloves garlic (whole)
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 can 14oz diced tomatoes
- 3 jalapenos (diced )
- 2 bell peppers (red or yellow, or combo - chopped)
- 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
- Juice of 1 lime
- Zest of 1 lime
- 3 cups beef broth (low-sodium, more if needed)
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 bunch of fresh thyme
- 3 medium carrots (peeled and cut into 1/4-inch rounds)
- 1 cup celery (diced)
- 1 pound mini red potatoes (peeled and cut into halves)
- 8 ounces baby Bella mushrooms (cleaned, stem removed and cap cut into halves)
- Chopped fresh cilantro (for garnish)
- Add beef chunks to a large bowl, and sprinkle with flour, salt, and black pepper. Toss to combine.
- Add a heavy-duty, oven-safe large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil.
- Once the oil is hot, add the beef (a few pieces at a time) into one layer, making sure to not overcrowd. Brown, turning the pieces on all sides, for about 5 minutes per batch. Remove from pot and transfer to a plate, cover with foil.
- Add another 2 tablespoons of oil to the pot and cook another batch of beef.
- Once done cooking the beef, reduce the heat to medium and add the wine to deglaze the pot. Use a wooden spoon to scrape well the bits that stuck to the bottom.
- Add two tablespoons of butter and melt it. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute.
- Add Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, bell peppers, taco seasoning, lime juice, and zest, stir to combine.
- Add 4 cups of beef broth and stir.
- Add back the beef pieces. Add the quartered onion, whole garlic cloves, bay leaves, and a fresh bunch of thyme.
- Cover and cook on low heat, skimming broth from time to time, until the beef is tender, for about 1 1/2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Discard the thyme and bay leaves.
- Add the carrots, celery, mushrooms, and potatoes. Stir to combine. Cover and cook in the preheated oven for about 1 hour, or until the veggies are tender. If needed, add broth or water if the stew is dry.
- Remove the stew from the oven, taste, and adjust for salt and pepper. If you prefer the stew to be thicker, add a cornstarch and water slurry to thicken it. Stir and boil it for 2 minutes.
- Serve the stew warm, garnished with freshly chopped cilantro.