Mexican Beef Stew Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 10 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 2 hours 30 minutes

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 flavors are so bright and festive, they’re always a hit in our house! Serve up a feast with crowd-favorite Chicken Chimichangas, Grilled Shrimp Tacos, and Mexican Stuffed Peppers!


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?

  1. Brown. Toss the chuck cubes in flour, then sear in batches until all the meat have a beautiful, brown crust. Set this aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

We enjoy this with fresh and colorful Black Bean Salad, Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice, and crusty bread to mop up all that wonderful sauce. Avocado Corn Salad and Street Corn are fantastic sides, too!

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:

Recipe tips:

  • 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.
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5 from 10 reviews

Mexican Beef Stew Recipe

Mexican Beef Stew Recipe is slow-braised with taco seasoning, jalapenos, limes, tomatoes, and lots of herbs and spices for an incredibly flavorful stew!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 2 hours 30 minutes Total time: 3 hrs



Nutrition information

Calories: 514 Carbohydrates: 31 Protein: 39 Fat: 23 Saturated Fat: 11 Cholesterol: 94 Sodium: 1604 Potassium: 1555 Fiber: 5 Sugar: 9 Vitamin A: 6879 Vitamin C: 73 Calcium: 99 Iron: 6
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Amber Myers

Yum, I do love regular beef stew, so I am sure I'll like this version as well. I'll try it out for dinner one night!



I’ve never tried making Mexican beef stew. This recipe looks really flavorful..



Omgoodness this beef stew looks delicious! I’ve never heard of Mexican beef stew now you have piqued my interest


Lavanda Michelle

This Mexican Beef Stew looks and sounds delicous. I would love to try this asap!


Chef Dennis

My sons will love this! I am thinking of serving them this Mexican Beef Stew over the weekend.


Nikki Wayne

This ís one of my favorite dishes. Gosh it looks so yummy 🤤


Rose Ann Sales

It looks great. Thanks for the recipe. I will try this dish as soon as I can.


Gervin Khan

Hands up to this recipe, it's delicious, and it looks so easy to prepare. I will definitely make this for my family.


Crystal Carder

I've been wanting to try making my own stew and this recipe looks amazing! I love how easy it looks to prepare.



My husband loves stews. I think he would really enjoy this especially as it has beef.


Monica Y

I have to go buy all the ingredients, my family love stew but I haven't made it at home before, this is a recipe I can follow



This Mexican beef stew looks delicious so filling and really yum.



That looks so good. It looks so hearty too. I love beef stew, perfect for any weeknight meal.



Breath-taking one!! Keep up the Good work



I prepared guinness beef stew last week. I would like to give this a try too. Yum!


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