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Delicious carne desmenuzada (recipe)

Gotta love carne desmenuzada from Nicaragua

Carne desmenuzada is a popular Nicaraguan dish made from shredded beef that is often served with rice and beans. You might get it throughout the country but Managua, Nicaragua is a haven for good recipes. Here is a recipe to make carne desmenuzada:


  • 2 pounds of beef chuck roast
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil


  1. Cut the beef into large chunks and season with cumin, oregano, and salt.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef and brown on all sides.
  3. Add the chopped onion, red bell pepper, and minced garlic to the pot and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened.
  4. Pour in 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid.
  5. Let the beef simmer for about 2-3 hours or until it is tender and easily shreds with a fork. Check on the beef occasionally and add more water if necessary.
  6. Once the beef is tender, remove it from the pot and shred it with two forks.
  7. Return the shredded beef to the pot and mix it with the remaining sauce. Cook for another 10-15 minutes on low heat to allow the flavors to meld together.
  8. Serve the carne desmenuzada hot with rice and beans or as desired.

Enjoy your delicious carne desmenuzada (carne deshilada) from Nicaragua!

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I found another recipe to follow, if you would like:


  • 2 to 3 pounds of beef (e.g., chuck roast)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup beef broth or stock
  • Optional: additional seasonings like cumin, chili powder, paprika, etc.


  1. Season the beef generously with salt and pepper on all sides.
  2. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the beef to the hot oil and sear it on all sides until browned. This step helps to develop the flavors.
  4. Remove the beef from the skillet and set it aside.
  5. In the same skillet, add the chopped onions and garlic, sautéing them until softened and fragrant.
  6. Place the seared beef back into the skillet with the onions and garlic.
  7. Add the beef broth or stock, and any additional seasonings you prefer.
  8. Bring the liquid to a simmer, then cover the skillet and reduce the heat to low.
  9. Allow the beef to cook slowly for several hours, or until it becomes very tender and easy to shred with a fork.
  10. Once the beef is fully cooked and tender, use two forks to shred it into small pieces or strands.

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