Peruvian Beef Stew, Seco de Res

Peruvian Beef Stew, Seco de Res- succulent beef, peas, and carrots in a flavorful cilantro sauce.Peruvian Beef StewThis post may contain affiliate links.

Family Days

The past few years have been rough. My husband’s father became about 6 months before we got married. The first few years of our marriage were spent taking turns taking care of him and while it was exhausting, it was also a time where we came together as family.

My husband’s father was an amazing cook, and we spent a lot of time cooking and eating together. There are lots of family favorites, but Seco de Res is a personal favorite of mine. It is an easy dish to make, but has tons of flavor.

Peruvian Beef Stew

Peruvian Beef Stew

When I received Butcher Box to review (you can read my review HERE), I was excited to find a package of Beef Tips, that I knew would be perfect for Seco de Res (Peruvian Beef Stew). You could also use Beef Stew Meat or whatever you have on hand.

This is a fairly simple dish to make, but there are a few elements that really bump of the flavor.

Gluten Free Beer

We used a New Planet Blonde Ale that I had on hand. You can use any kind, just make sure it’s one that you like the flavor of. While the Peruvian Beef Stew will not taste like beer, you will have the flavor undertones.

Aji Amarillo

This is a paste made from the Aji Amarillo Pepper. You can usually find it in the International Section of your grocery store or you can buy it on Amazon.

Aji Panca

This is a paste made  from the Aji Panca Pepper. You can also find it in the Internation section or order it on Amazon.

Both these pepper pastes are ingredients you may not be used to, but they give so much flavor to food. For more ideas of how to use them, be sure to check out my other Peruvian recipes.

Inka Cola

You may be wondering what the yellow drink is. Whenever we cook Peruvian food we like to drink the Peruvian soda Inka Cola. It can be found in a lot of grocery stores now (and at the Epcot Coke Station!). If your going to eat traditional Peruvian food, you might as well drink a Peruvian soda!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

Peruvian Beef Stew, Seco de Res

Peruvian Beef Stew, Seco de Res
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  • 6 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil (enough to cover the bottom of a soup pot)
  • 1 pound stew beef
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons aji amarillo paste
  • 1 tablespoon aji panca paste
  • 2 cups cilantro (one large bunch)
  • 6 oz gluten free beer
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 pounds peeled and chopped potatoes
  • 1 cup peas and carrots
  • Rice for Serving

  1. Brown meat over medium high heat.
  2. Remove from pan.
  3. Saute onions in the same oil until clear.
  4. Add Aji Amarillo and Aji Panca paste and sautee for one minute.
  5. Blend cilantro with 6 ounces of beer (we use a nutribullet, feel free to add a bit more if needed to get it to blend well). Add to pot.
  6. Stir in 2 cups of beef broth and 4 teaspoons salt.
  7. Bring to boil.
  8. Add potatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
  9. Reduce heat to medium and add back meat.
  10. Add in peas and carrots and cook for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are done.
  11. Serve over rice.

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34 thoughts on “Peruvian Beef Stew, Seco de Res

  1. Made this tonight. I used Guinness blonde and added water since I’m not a beer fan. I only filled my tablespoons about 3/4 of the way with both ajís but it was still too spicy for our son lol duh. I should have thought of that before, next time I will use much less and add if I need to once it has cooked with the potatoes. I used a big ole chuck roast and after browning it I let it sit for a little while and then I cut it up into smaller pieces.

    This is not how I remember this being cooked at my grandmas or my moms house but it was so yummy and perfect for a chilly Monday night!

    • I’m so glad you like it…I think my mother in law leaves out the beer, but my father in law always used it. I never tried making it with a whole roast, we usually start with it already cut up. I find the aji spiciness to really depend on the brand. Some are much spicier than others. I will have Peruvian more recipes coming up soon, so be sure to check back!

  2. Peru was the first country I ever traveled to. The culture, the people, and food will always have a very special place in my heart. I’m so excited to find this recipe. I haven’t really found that many authentic Peruvian recipes. I’m so excited to try this out!! I haven’t been able to find Inka Cola anywhere though! 🙁

  3. We love stew but have never tasted or had this kind of stew. Wondering where to find the two different kinds of pastes. Will have to check around the stores.

  4. This sounds like a delicious Peruvian meal! I spent over a month backpacking in Peru in March and loooved the food there and especially all the peppers and pepper pastes that they use. Got to try Inca Cola there too – have never seen it sold in the US though!

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