Carne Guisada con Zanahoria ( Steak with Carrot Sauce)

by Erica Dinho on July 29, 2010

Carne con Salsa de Zanahoria

This is another one of those meals that I like to cook when I crave a good home cooked meal. My mom often made this meal for my family and me and we all loved it. It was one of those dishes she made when she ran out of ideas.

She serves this dish with rice, salad and avocado on the side, which are common sides for many Colombian dishes. It is simple, but I love this Carne Guisada con Zanahoria. Just the smell reminds me of home.

Buen provecho!



(4 servings)

  • 2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed and cut into 4 equal portions
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 large carrots, peeled, and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups water


  1. Place the steaks between sheets of wax paper, then pound until each steak is about ¼ inch thick.
  2. Place the pounded steaks in a zip lock plastic bag. Add the cumin, garlic, onions, salt and pepper.
Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Be sure the steaks are evenly covered.
  4. In a large sauce pan, heat the oil and butter over medium heat. Place the steaks into the skillet and cook for 3 minutes per side.
  5. Add the carrots and water. Reduce the heat, cover and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes. Add more water if necessary.
  6. Uncover the sauce pan and using a fork mash the carrots. Cover and cook 5 minutes more. Serve over white rice.
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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa July 29, 2010 at 8:42 AM

I love your home-inspired meals. Rice, steak, carrots. Comfort.


2 norma July 29, 2010 at 9:47 AM

I remember my mom making same….it’s funny this her was “let me make it and get out of the kitchen fast”


3 momgateway July 29, 2010 at 10:05 AM

what can I say…this is glorious comfort food!


4 Mari July 29, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Se ve delicioso!! Rico plato

Feliz Dia!


5 Sarah Naveen July 29, 2010 at 11:02 AM

lovely color..looks so yummy!!


6 Angie's Recipes July 29, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Looks so yummy! I love the carrot sauce..sounds so healthy!


7 Chris July 29, 2010 at 12:52 PM

A very nice pairing of the carrots and beef. I wouldn’t have thought of this but it makes sense! Great post, Erica.


8 Sandra G July 29, 2010 at 2:50 PM

This looks So Appetizing, You Want To Eat The Picture!


9 Kim July 29, 2010 at 4:03 PM

I never really thought about a carrot sauce before, but this sounds like a fun and quick recipe to make. Very colorful and pretty!


10 Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog July 29, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Excellent dish and very comforting – I like it often in my menu, with lot of onions :)




11 Baking is my Zen July 29, 2010 at 5:14 PM

I can just imagine how this tastes….wonderful!



12 Faith July 29, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Carrot sauce is something I never thought to make! It sounds super delicious and it’s so pretty too!


13 Heather July 29, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Im confused. Do you cook the steaks in a separate skillet and make the sauce in a separate saucepan, then combine them only to serve?

Or cook both in the same pan?


14 Erica July 29, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Heather- The same pan.


15 Heather July 29, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Thank you! This will be dinner tomorrow!


16 grace July 30, 2010 at 7:42 AM

excellent way to get one’s intake of beta carotene! :)


17 Angie July 30, 2010 at 11:20 AM

This looks so good! I have never heard of anything like this sauce before, great idea!


18 Joan Nova July 30, 2010 at 7:10 PM

I know the carrots must add a sweetness to this dish. Looks yummy.


19 Gloria July 30, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Erica This look really delicious! x gloria


20 Oysterculture July 31, 2010 at 6:32 PM

I love the sound of this recipe, but mostly I am intrigue because its common stuff that I use everyday, but just never as you have done in this recipe. Can’t wait to change that.


21 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen August 2, 2010 at 2:50 PM

I would have never thought of carrot sauce! Wow!


22 Carla August 10, 2010 at 12:56 PM

I like this idea. A difference from tomato/salsa sauces. Sure does dress up white rice.


23 Isabel M August 7, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Family hit… added red pepper and beef broth, and to serve cilantro and avocado….Delicioso con sabor a Colombia


24 Esther February 1, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Made this one yesterday and it was simply delicious.


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