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Peruvian Beef Stew, Seco de Res

Peruvian Beef Stew

Peruvian Beef Stew, Seco de Res- succulent beef, peas, and carrots in a flavorful cilantro sauce.This 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

I used Beef Tips that I had on hand for the 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. A little goes a long way and how spicy it may be can vary from brand to brand, so start small and add more depending on how spicy you like it!

For more ideas on how to use these pastes, be sure to check out my other Peruvian recipes, like Arroz con Pollo or Papas de Huancaina.

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 you’re going to eat traditional Peruvian food, you might as well drink a Peruvian soda!

I understand some people like to eat their stews with something other than rice (ok, maybe I don’t understand, but I know people do!)…Riced cauliflower or this roasted garlic mashed cauliflower from Evolving Table would be great!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

Peruvian Beef Stew
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Peruvian Beef Stew, Seco de Res


  • 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


  • Brown meat over medium high heat.
  • Remove from pan.
  • Saute onions in the same oil until clear.
  • Add Aji Amarillo and Aji Panca paste and sautee for one minute.
  • 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.
  • Stir in 2 cups of beef broth and 4 teaspoons salt.
  • Bring to boil.
  • Add potatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add back meat.
  • Add in peas and carrots and cook for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are done.
  • Serve over rice.

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    October 21, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    My aunts use to make this along with other Peruvian dishes. I do have a question, how many serving is this recipe?

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      October 25, 2021 at 2:53 pm

      Hi! It is 4 servings, but maybe a little more or less depending on how much your family eats 🙂 We often double it and freeze any leftovers!

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    Margaret E Clegg
    September 11, 2019 at 10:19 am

    4 stars
    This sounds fascinating! Beef and potatoes are my jam!

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    June 7, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    I’m thinking of making this and was wondering about the cooking time for the beef. When i cook stew meat i usually have to cook it a couple hours for it to be tender and fall apart. On this recipe it seems like after Browning the meat it only cooks for about 20 more minutes. Is that enough time for it to be tender enough?

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      June 7, 2019 at 4:47 pm

      Hi! We typically only cook it for about 20 minutes, but it isn’t fall apart tender like it would be if you cooked it for hours. If you would like it to be a much softer texture you can cook it for longer, you may just need to add a little extra beef broth and wait to add the potatoes until you feel like there are about 15 minutes left. I haven’t made this in a while, so I think this weekend would be a great time to retest it!

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    March 16, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Beef stew is always just what I feel like when feeling under the weather! Perfect comfort food! I love how you have added 2 cups of cilantro to this recipe, I love cilantro!

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    Renee D Kohley
    March 16, 2019 at 10:26 am

    So hearty and comforting! We have so much cold weather here still – this looks amazing!

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    March 16, 2019 at 9:27 am

    this looks so good, hope to be able to find the spices to make it just as directed! thanks for sharing

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    March 15, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Great recipe! I haven’t had an Inka Cola since I traveled through Peru in college, but I can see how that would go perfectly with this meal. 🙂 Thanks for sharing in the comments that you find these pastes online, that was really helpful!

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    Anne Lawton
    March 15, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    I love Peruvian food, and this stew is such a comforting and delicious meal!

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    Raia Todd
    March 13, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Sounds delicious. I love trying new ethnic foods and beef stew is one of my favorite comfort foods. 🙂

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    March 12, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    I’ve never even heard of this stew but it sounds SO delicious and comforting! I’ll have to try this soon.

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    Megan Stevens
    March 11, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Yummy comfort food! I love stew so much!

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    Joni Gomes
    March 11, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Total comfort food right here! So happy this has aji amarillo paste because I need to use mine up!

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    February 19, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    How is this recipe without the pastes? I went to a Mexican grocery and they didn’t have it.

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      February 21, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      I would think it would still be ok, but it wouldn’t have the same flavor. I order my paste on amazon :).

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    December 18, 2017 at 11:52 am

    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!

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      December 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      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!

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      December 28, 2018 at 6:27 pm

      I used the non spicy ajo amarillo.

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        December 31, 2018 at 10:44 am

        Yes, I’ve definitely found different brands have different levels of spice. My mother in law makes it from scratch and it’s really spicy, the goya seems to have a lower level of spice. Always feel free to adjust it to your taste!

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    Lavender Baby & Co
    November 8, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    This looks so good and sound so yummy. Something I make have to try and make for the family

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    anne - onedeterminedlife
    November 6, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    This looks so good! I love that it’s gluten-free. I am always looking for new things to try.

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    Erica @ Coming up Roses
    November 1, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Yum! This sounds really tasty! Perfect for the cooler months, too!

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    November 1, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    This sounds amazing! Anything with that much cilantro you can count me in!

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    November 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    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! 🙁

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    November 1, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    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.

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    November 1, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I have been on the lookout for more gluten and dairy free recipes, plus I LOVE Peruvian food. I will definitely be giving this a try!

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    February 24, 2017 at 9:14 am

    This Peruvian Stew IS delicious!!!!!!!!! If you haven’t tried it you really must.

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    Platter Talk
    January 27, 2017 at 10:11 am

    This Peruvian stew looks amazing! I love the ingredients and the blend of flavors that you have added!

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    Paige Strand
    November 3, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Wow, I’ve never tried anything like this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler
    November 2, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    You know you are Peruvian or an honorary Peruvian when you drink Inca Kola with your meal! I really came to enjoy the Peruvian cuisine while traveling there last year, so it’s nice to see a recipe to recreate it at home.

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    Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    November 2, 2016 at 5:54 am

    This looks so warm and comforting. Perfect on a cold day.

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    November 2, 2016 at 4:41 am

    This sounds wonderful! I am intrigued by the pastes you’ve used. I’ve never heard of them before!

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    Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss
    November 1, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    This recipe looks so good and I love the tribute to your husband’s father. I know exactly what soda you’re talking about in Epcot too!!

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    Platter Talk
    November 1, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    This is a really interesting recipe. Sounds and looks excellent with some new ingredients, for me.

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    November 1, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Oh yum, this sounds amazing! I love a good stew, but I haven’t tried a Peruvian version yet.

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    Charla @ That Girl Cooks Healthy
    November 1, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I have yet to try Peruvian food as it’s not easily accessible in England but your recipe sounds amazing.

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    November 1, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I have yet to make Seco de Res. Yours looks amazing! I definitely need to try it. Love the combination of aji amarillo and aji panca.

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    Vicky @ Avocado Pesto
    November 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    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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    Allison - Celebrating Sweets
    November 1, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    This sounds so flavorful! I’d have to swap out the cilantro for something else (parsley?), but other than that it sounds perfect!

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      November 20, 2021 at 12:09 am

      You don’t have to use the pastes.
      It is really good! With 4 potatoes its enough

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    November 1, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I love peas in anything and this stew looks delicious! Perfect for fall!

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    Alisa Fleming
    November 1, 2016 at 11:48 am

    You always bring such exciting flavors to the table Amanda! My husband would love this dish.

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    November 1, 2016 at 1:00 am

    I love that you take ethnic food and make it accessible for those with food allergies/gluten issues!

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    November 1, 2016 at 12:32 am

    This looks amazing! Your photos are great too!

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    Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
    October 31, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Yum! Can you bring me some 😉

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    amanda -runtothefinish
    October 31, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Amazing how the tough and the fun family moments can bring us together. Love that you found a dish to connect you all

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    Sarah @ Accidentally Crunchy
    October 31, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    the flavours in this stew sound like a really great combo!

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    Kelly @ TastingPage
    October 31, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Looks like a wonderful meal to warm the soul!

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    Cricket Plunkett
    October 31, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    This looks so comforting! Love the idea of peas in a stew!

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    October 31, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Im not familiar with some of these ingredients but it sounds and looks so good!

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    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    October 31, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Wow this sounds delicious and so full of flavor! I love all of that cilantro!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    October 31, 2016 at 10:41 am

    What a nice comforting winter meal!

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