Guisos is a popular hearty dish enjoyed in Spain and Latin American countries. Guiso translates as stew and uses a variety of ingredients depending on the region it is made.
There is no pinpointing exactly where Guisos was first made, but it’s fair to see many Latin countries have taken on their own interpretations of the dish.
Traditionally, the dish is meat or fish-based and may contain legumes, noodles, vegetables in a rich broth or sauce.
Guisos can be served on its own or accompanying rice, potatoes, vegetables, and pasta noodles depending on how hungry you are.
We’ll be guiding you through 25 of the most amazing guisos recipes from all the Latin countries so you can recreate them at home.
1. Guisos de Chipirones con Patatas (Squid and Potato) by Spanish Sabores
If you’re a sucker for seafood (no pun intended) then you’ll love this Guisos de Chipirones con Patatas recipe. This traditional Spanish dish has few ingredients so it’ll be no bother even if cooking is not your forte.
2. Guiso de Verduras (Vegetables) by The Recipe Website
Just because the traditional recipe calls for meat doesn’t mean you have to use it, just like this Guiso de Verduras recipe that’s packed with nutritious vegetables and has plenty of flavoring from the herbs and spices.
This warming recipe is great as a winter warmer and is also pretty healthy so great if you’re looking for a low-calorie option.
3. Guiso by Food.com
This is a traditional Argentinian recipe with sweet potatoes, squash, and even apricots being used to make this Guiso taste spectacular. Pair with some warm crusty bread and a big glass of red and you’re good to go.
4. Uruguayan Guiso by AllRecipes
Why not try this Uruguayan Guiso which is packed with ingredients that will soak up the rich sauce. This recipe contains chorizo, lentils, and beef and has tons of flavor.
It serves 12 people so you’ll have plenty to share around with friends or even freeze for a later date.
5. Lentil Guiso by The Food of Argentina
This lentil guiso is the ultimate comfort food with intense flavor and deep red coloring that the Argentinians love to make in the cooler winter months. Make sure to serve with hot lemon wedges to make it completely authentic.
6. Guiso de Trigo (Wheat) by Eat Puru
This guiso de Trigo looks pretty different from the usual recipes you’ll find on this list. It’s made with wheat and queso fresco cheese and flavored with aji Amarillo yellow chili paste which also gives it that bright yellow coloring.
It’s so simple to make and can be done in under 45 minutes.
7. Guiso de Pescado (Fish) by Cookiepedia
This fish Guiso is from Paraguay and is traditionally made with dolphin fish and has a lighter and more aromatic flavoring than more traditional Guisos you’ll find in Latin America.
8. Guiso – Argentine Goulash by Marions Kochbuch
What is so special about this Argentinian guiso is that the broth must be made from cattle marrow bones as it’s the only way of achieving such a rich taste.
The dish is paired well with some fresh white rice underneath which also absorbs some of the liquid of the broth.
9. Turkey Guiso a la Tex-Mex by OregonLive
Turkey can sometimes be quite a dry meat to cook with, which is why I love using it in this rich saucy Tex-Mex guiso recipe. I love this different take on what is traditionally a Latin-only recipe.
10. Chicharrones Guisados (Deep Fried Pork) by Serious Eats
If you’re unsure what to do with some leftover pork rinds, then why not make them into some stewed fried pork and serve them up with tortillas and lashings of sour cream and guacamole.
11. Beef Guiso by PunchFork
There’s nothing better than some tender cooked beef with your guiso and this recipe has everything you need to make the perfect warming delight for yourself or to treat your family to.
12. Guiso de Maiz (Corn) by Sofrito & Sons
Corn is a popular ingredient in Cuban food and this family recipe from Sofrito & Sons is such a great way of using up any you have lying around at the end of the week.
The ingredients are simple yet effective and you can tell that this recipe was truly made with love.
13. Guiso de Jamon y Frijoles Blancos (Ham & White Bean) by The Spruce Eats
This recipe is a great one to make if you’ve got any leftover Christmas ham to use up. You can cook it on the stove or in a slow cooker and is best served with creamy polenta.
14. Guiso de Berenjena (Eggplant & Tomato) by Chowhound
This guiso de berenjena recipe is perfect for you vegans out there, it uses one of the most underrated vegetables – the eggplant but trust us, it doesn’t lack in the flavor department.
15. Chipotle, Chicken & Pumpkin Guiso by Kitchen Wrangler
This is one of my favorite unique renditions of guiso as it has so many different components and textures that work so well together. You won’t need to serve with carbs on the side as this recipe incorporates fideo noodles.
16. Chickpea, Chorizo & Vegetables Guiso by Cookidoo
If you want something quick and easy to make on a weeknight, then this recipe will be right up your street. This chickpea, chorizo, and vegetable guiso is the ideal way to end the day and gives you that happy belly feeling.
17. Garbanzo Beans Guiso by Delish D’Lites
This Puerto Rican take on the guiso dish is super tasty and even contains stuffed olives. It’s normally served as a side dish but I’m sure you can make the portions bigger and serve it up as a main.
Any leftovers you have you can just store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
18. Camarones Guisados by Dominican Cooking
Shrimp stew is popular across all of Latin America but you’ll find different renditions depending on what region you’re in, for example, what you may have in Cuba may be different from what you have in San Juan.
The recipe is simple enough to make and is an easy way to use up leftovers at the end of the week.
19. Chicken Thigh Guiso by Cocina Fácil
Chicken thighs are perfect for a guiso recipe as they can easily soak up all the flavor in the meat and they’re also more succulent and will fall apart as you’re cutting into them to eat.
Use boneless chicken thighs if you want to make this dish more fuss-free for you to eat.
20. Guiso de Arroz (Rice & Meat) by Paulina Cocina
If you want to make a more dense version of guiso then why not follow this Guiso de Arroz recipe that has rice as the main component then has beef as an extra.
You’ll want to take care when cooking the rice as you don’t want it to turn to mush.
21. Guiso de Carne by Diariamente Ali
This 60-minute recipe is ideal for whipping up when you’re looking to impress but you haven’t got the skills to do so. The method is easy to follow so you’ll be able to perfect this dish without any issues.
22. Mackerel Guiso by La Voz de Galicia
Mackerel may not be everyone’s first choice of meat to pair with guiso, but it is a unique option to try. The ginger, garlic, and turmeric in this dish make the flavors so vibrant and different from any other guiso we’ve tried so far.
23. Beef & Potato Guiso by Goya Foods
Another take on the classic beef and potato guiso recipe is this one by Goya Foods. It’s the perfect type of grub to lift a bad mood and is ideal for making in bulk as a meal prep dinner choice.
Slow cooking this dish will get you the best results and will leave the beef so tender and moist.
24. Shrimp Guiso by Recepedia
Another seafood guiso you should try to replicate is this shrimp guiso recipe by Recepedia.
It’s a light, fresh dye that can be enjoyed for lunch and dinner as it is paired well with lots of coriander and lemon juice to bring out the flavors of the shrimp.
25. Potato, Peas & Ham Guiso by Estoy hecho un Cocinillas
This recipe may not look the most appealing but remember what they always say about not judging a book by its cover. The saltiness of the ham matched with the crumbling potatoes and rich broth is so tasty.
It’s traditionally topped with hard-boiled eggs, but they’re not a necessity in this dish (we always leave them out).