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Instant Pot

Peruvian Beef and Cilantro Stew

FAST: 1¼ hours
Slow: 7¾ to 8¾ hours 40 minutes active time

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Peruvian Beef and Cilantro Stew

Seco de carne is a classic Peruvian meat and vegetable stew, and a perfect contender for cooking in an Instant Pot, either quickly under pressure or using the slow-cooker function. Fresh cilantro is a defining flavor of the dish. We blend an entire bunch of cilantro with jalapeños, a stand-in for harder-to-find Peruvian chilies, then stir in the puree at the very end so both the flavor and color remain bold and bright. Use a crisp, quaffable beer that will play nicely with the other flavors in the stew. Serve with rice and beans.




Don’t be afraid to use the tender stems of the cilantro, discarding only the thick, fibrous pieces. The stems contain a lot of flavor and will break down when blended.

FAST: 1¼ hours
Slow: 7¾ to 8¾ hours

40 minutes active time


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