How To Make Res Guisada From Scratch?

The Dominican Republic’s national lunch food, La Bandera Dominicana, includes the soft beef dish Res Guisada (Dominican Braised Beef). The preparation time for this recipe is only ten minutes, and the total cooking time is one hour.

How To Make Res Guisada From Scratch?

Hence, if you are looking to create a hearty yet comforting dish for lunch, you may wish to give this recipe a try. Below we have super simple steps for you to follow, to help you to recreate this flavorsome dish, which highlights how delicious beef can be.

Quick Answer: How To Make Res Guisada From Scratch?

Res Guisada is a type of beef stew which uses cheap cuts of beef. Your beef is cooked with onion, garlic, peppers, and garlic and cooked until the vegetables are soft.

Then a tomato sauce is created and added to the pot to reduce alongside the meat and vegetables. This recipe takes around an hour to cook, and you will have perfectly tender meat and soft vegetables in a rich yet tasty sauce.

The Cut Of Beef Is Important

In the Dominican Republic, all you have to do is go to the grocery store or butcher and request “res para guisar.” However, when you aren’t in the Dominican Republic, this can be somewhat more difficult.

You should be aware that this stewed beef is a simple recipe, for which inexpensive cuts are typically used (Also check out How To Make Bo Kho- The Traditional Vietnamese Beef Stew). They are slowly cooked at low temperatures. As a result, the meat becomes extremely soft.

While, the sauce becomes rich and dark as the meat juices caramelize. Hence, you don’t need any pricey cuts of beef here, the cheap cuts are perfect.

Ingredients Needed For Res Guisada

How To Make Res Guisada From Scratch?

You need to collect the following ingredients to be able to follow the steps below. Thus, you will require the following:

  • 2 pounds of either beef skirt or beef round, sliced into small chunks.
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce.
  • 2 chopped bell peppers.
  • 1 chopped red onion.
  • 2 chopped tomatoes.
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
  • 1 sprig of chopped parsley.
  • Juice from 1 lime.
  • 3 cloves of mashed garlic.
  • 1 teaspoon of either ground or dried oregano.
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons of salt.
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper.

Res Guisada Instructions

How To Make Res Guisada From Scratch?

Once you have collected everything that you need, you are ready to make res guisada.

Step 1: Season The Beef

A teaspoon of salt, pepper, and oregano are used to season the meat in a large bowl. Then, to the meat, add the lime juice. Stir to evenly distribute the seasonings over the meat. Place the beef in the fridge and allow it to rest for 20 minutes.

Step 2: Cook The Beef

In a large pan set over high heat, add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the beef and brown it all over. Once all the meat is brown, stir in 4 tablespoons of water before covering the pot with a lid. Now you can reduce the heat to a medium to low heat.

Keep adding water, mixing, covering and cooking the meat until it is incredibly soft. However, you need to be careful not to burn the beef. Depending on the type of beef, this process could take 35 minutes to 1 1/2 hours.

Step 3: Add Your Vegetables

Add the onion, peppers, tomatoes, and garlic after the meat is tender. Stir everything together and place the lid back on the pot. Now you can simmer the vegetables until they are tender.

Step 4: Create The Sauce

To make the sauce, add 1 cup of water and your tomato sauce. Then add this to your meat and vegetables. Allow the sauce some time to reduce slightly.

Step 5: Season And Serve

Once the sauce has reduced and thickened up, you can sprinkle the parsley over the top. This is also the time to add salt and pepper to season to taste. Now you can remove the pot from the heat and serve.

What Can You Serve Alongside This Dish?

How To Make Res Guisada From Scratch?

Red Guisada is a very rich and hearty meal, hence it should be served alongside simple side dishes. This can include simple white rice, and beans to create a really authentic Dominican meal.

However, you could also serve this dish with mashed potatoes or a side salad. What you serve alongside this dish is really up to you. Although, you want it to be simple, so that the sole focus is on the flavors from the res guisada and nothing else.

Tips And Tricks For Making Res Guisada

How To Make Res Guisada From Scratch?

To make this dish the best it could possibly be, there are just a couple of tips you may wish to follow.

Browning The Meat

Browning the meat is a vital step, as this gives the meat its appealing color. Yet, this step also adds a lot of flavor. Any marks that are left from browning are used to create another depth of flavor to the sauce.

However, when it comes to browning the meat, you may give the meat time to rest after browning. This can improve the flavor and tenderize the meat even more. You can allow the meat to rest for up to 12 hours or overnight.

Quickening The Process

Since this recipe does take a while to complete, there is a way to quicken the whole process up. If you are short on time but still wish to follow this recipe, then you may make res guisada in a pressure cooker instead.

As a result, once you have browned them, you may add the beef along with a 1 ½ cup of water to your pressure cooker and cook for only 20 m minutes.

After this time, you can uncover and see how tender the meat is. Once tender, the meat can be returned to the pot and the rest of the recipe can be followed as normal.


Res guisada is a type of beef stew from the Dominican Republic (Also check out Spanish Beef Stew). It is a fairly straightforward recipe that anyone could follow, as it uses basic ingredients and cheaper cuts of beef.

By following all the steps and tips we have outlined above, you will be able to make this dish yourself in no time. We hope you have found this article helpful. Now you can enjoy a bowl of this comforting and hearty dish when you next wish to make something a little different.

How To Make Res Guisada From Scratch?

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Res guisada is a popular dish in the Dominican Republic. Read on to discover our simple steps on how you can create this delicious dish yourself!


  • 2 pounds of either beef skirt or beef round, sliced into small chunks

  • 1 cup of tomato sauce

  • 2 chopped bell peppers

  • 1 chopped red onion

  • 2 chopped tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

  • 1 sprig of chopped parsley

  • Juice from 1 lime

  • 3 cloves of mashed garlic

  • 1 teaspoon of either ground or dried oregano

  • 1 and ½ teaspoons of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of pepper


  • Season The Beef
  • Cook The Beef
  • Add Your Vegetables
  • Create The Sauce
  • Season And Serve
Lana Rivera
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