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Delicious carne desmenuzada (recipe)

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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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