Puerto Rican stewed corned beef AKA carne bif is a popular dish in Puerto Rico with simple pantry ingredients, yet bold flavors!
For those unfamiliar with Puerto Rican cuisine, we are all about good old fashioned comfort food. Something about my mother’s Puerto Rican cooking just warms my soul. Food is family, and carne bif, in particular, reminds me of home. It’s one of those oldies, but goodies. Canned corned beef is an absolute Puerto Rican pantry staple – so much so, that in 2011, when a huge recall completely disrupted the island’s supply, people just about went nuts. Canned corned beef = gold in a can. It’s crazy, maybe, but believe me, I get it. There’s just no substitute for this stuff. Regular deli sliced corned beef just won’t cut it. You need the canned stuff.
Puerto Rican carne bif is inexpensive, uses common ingredients in Latin households, and can be made in no time. We don’t have to sacrifice flavor when trying to save money! I like to serve my carne bif with platanos maduros (fried sweet plantains), but it’s also commonly served with a big pile of french fries in Puerto Rico. A side of white rice and some avocado rounds out this delicious, comforting bowl of nostalgia.
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Carne Bif (Puerto Rican Stewed Corned Beef)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons sofrito homemade or store-bought
- 12 ounce canned corned beef
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1/4 tsp Adobo all-purpose seasoning
- 1 packet Sazon seasoning achiote y culantro
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup sweet corn kernels fresh, frozen, or canned
- 1 cup cooked diced potatoes about 1 large potato
- 2 tablespoons pimento stuffed olives optional
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish
Heat a saute pan on medium heat, and add the olive oil and sofrito.
Saute the sofrito until fragrant, but make sure it doesn't start to brown. This should take a minute or two.
Add in the canned corned beef and break it up with the back of a spoon, the same way you would with ground meat.
Next, add the Adobo, Sazon & tomato sauce.
Stir in the seasonings, and add the water.
Lastly, stir in the corn and cooked diced potatoes.
Cover with a lid and allow to simmer on a low flame for 5-10 minutes.
Serve with rice, avocados and maduros or french fries for the full, authentic experience!