Pusundao de Carne Serrrana (Salted Beef Stew)

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Pusundao de Carne Serrrana (Salted Beef Stew)

Pusundao is a traditional dish from the Nariño department of Colombia, which is located in the Pacific region of the country. There are different variations of this popular dish, but these comforting stews are usually made with salted beef, chicken, or fish (bagre). The meat, fish or poultry is slow cooked with broth or coconut milk. Vegetables, such as potatoes, plantains, yuca, tomatoes, onions, and peppers are added, along with different spices and herbs such as garlic, cumin, achiote, cilantro, and parsley, among others. The ingredients vary from one type of Pusundao to another, depending on whose cooking, but the goal is always to obtain a delicious and very flavorful stew with root vegetables.

Pusundao de Carne Serrrana (Salted Beef Stew)

Traditionally this Pusundao de Carne Serrana is served with sliced cooked egg on top. Also, for a more substantial meal, serve over white rice with avocado and hot sauce on the side.

Pusundao de Carne Serrrana (Salted Beef Stew)

This recipe calls for salted beef, chicken and beef for stew, but you can certainly experiment with another type of beef, or a blend. Hope you like this pusundao de carne recipe as much as I did. It’s simple, hearty, and comforting. I also have a Pusundao de Pescado(fish) recipe here if you want to try it.

Buen provecho!

Pusundao de Carne Serrrana (Salted Beef Stew)



(4 to 6 servings)

  • 1/2 pound of salted beef cut into pieces
  • 8 pieces of chicken
  • 1/2 pound beef for stew, cut into chunks
  • 10 cups water
  • 1/2 cup aliños sauce (See recipe here)
  • 1/2 cup hogao (See recipe here)
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 2 green plantains, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 pound yuca, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • Salt and pepper to your taste
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro or parsley

Pusundao de Carne Serrrana (Salted Beef Stew)


  1. Put the salted beef in boiling water for 10 minutes.
  2. Discard the water and put the meat in a large pot with the chicken and the beef chunks.
  3. Add 8 cups of water and aliños sauce and cook for about 20 minutes.
  4. Then add the hogao, potatoes, plantains and cassava.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 20 minutes.
  6. When everything is tender, serve, garnishing each plate with slices of boiled egg. Serve white rice on the side.
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  1. says

    In the preamble it says “slow-cooked” but the cooking time seems to be only about 40 minutes. We have a slow-cooker (US = crockpot) and normally for Saturday lunch I use a recipe that starts cooking at 3 a.m. and cooks for about 10 hours on a low setting allowing all the flavours to meld and even the toughest bit of saddle leather to come up “fork-tender”.

    Do you think that this recipe could be modified to suit what I call “slow-cooking”? I know I would have to be a little choosy about what potatoes to use (probably more waxy than floury so that they don’t turn to purée).

  2. says

    I love salted beef, and have not had it for a long while…this stew looks very hearty and I love the hard boiled egg on it.
    Have a great week Erica 😀

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