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Panamanian Beef Stew Recipe Card

Panamanian stew is a traditional Latin style carne guisada or beef stew that is a hearty and delicious dish that can be eaten alone or over white rice. If you live in a cold area, it is perfect for those cold winter nights when you crave to eat something that will stick to your bones. This is a prime example of Latin American comfort food. 

Course Main dish
Cuisine Latin American
Keyword beef, carne, easy stew, one pan meal, Panama, stew, stove top
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 8 servings
Calories 238 kcal


  • 2 lbs. sirloin cut into small cubes
  • 3 tomatoes diced
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt paleo diet: sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 1 jalapeno cored, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1 cup carrots sliced about 1/4 " thick
  • 1/3 cup celery chopped
  • 1 baking potato peeled and cut into cubes, paleo diet: sweet potato or cauliflower
  • 8-10 sprigs cilantro tied with butcher's twine
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 Tbsp sofrito
  • 3 Tbsp recaito


  1. In a soup pot on medium, heat the oil. Add the onions, and cook until translucent. Add the beef and stir fry for about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, jalapeno, cumin, celery and the potatoes. Cook for about 5 minutes. Turn the heal to low. Add the water, the tied bunch of cilantro and the carrots. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add the sofrito and the recaito.
  2. Cover and cook for about 1 hour on low. Remove from heat. Serve over rice or if you are feeling international eat with a piece of naan bread. You could also eat with noodles if you want.
Nutrition Facts
Panamanian Beef Stew Recipe Card
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 701mg30%
Potassium 624mg18%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 3030IU61%
Vitamin C 6.4mg8%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.