Puerto Rican Beef Stew

Staff Writer
Puerto Rican Beef Stew

This traditional Puerto Rican stew recipe is easy to preapre and makes for a hearty meal. 

Deliver Ingredients


  • 2 Pounds beef round steak, trimmed and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon tomato sacue
  • 1 Tablespoon achiote
  • 10-12 pimento-stuffed olives
  • 1 Tablespoon capers
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1 Pound Idaho potatoes, peeled and cubed


Wash meat and pat dry with paper towels.

In a Dutch oven or heavy kettle, heat the oil, add beef chunks, onion, bell pepper, oregano, garlic, and stir-fry over moderate heat until meat is brown. Add the salt, tomato sauce, achiote, olives, capers, and bay leaf. Mix and cook for 5 minutes. Add the water, bring to a rapid boil, cover, and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Add the potatoes, stir to combine, and bring to a rapid boil. Cover and simmer for another 30 minutes.

Serve over steamed white or yellow rice.

Puerto Rican Shopping Tip

A blend of European and African cuisine, Puerto Rican food is familiar with a flare. Keep Spanish stables like rice and beans on hand and brighten up the dish with citrus and fruit flavors.

Puerto Rican Cooking Tip

Puerto Rican cuisine is all about the combinations of flavors, but most build on the foundation of a sofrito - onions, garlic, tomatoes, red peppers, and cilantro.