Carne En Su Jugo in a white bowl topped with cilantro beans bacon
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Carne En Su Jugo

Carne En Su Jugo translated means “meat cooked in its own juices.” This traditional Mexican recipe comes from the state of Jalisco. It’s a flavorful and delicious beef soup cooked in a savory tomatillo broth. Usually served with beans. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Author: Maggie Unzueta


  • 6 slices bacon chopped
  • 2 lbs chuck roast cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tbspn Salt
  • 1 tspn Pepper
  • ½ onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 6 tomatillos
  • 1-2 serrano peppers if you like it spicy, add 2 serrano peppers
  • ½ bunch of cilantro
  • 6 cups water divided
  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon
  • 2 cups pinto beans cooked
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Lime wedges optional
  • Radishes optional


  • In a large pot, cook the bacon.
  • Remove the cooked bacon from the pot and set aside.
  • Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  • Reduce the heat.
  • Add the beef to the pot.
  • (You do not want to brown the beef. You simply want the beef juices to release).
  • In the meantime, add onion, garlic, tomatillos, serrano peppers, cilantro and 2 cups of water in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Once the beef has released its juices, add the tomatillo sauce.
  • Return half of the bacon to the pot.
  • (Leave half of the bacon for garnish).
  • Add 4 cups of water and the beef bouillon.
  • Stir.
  • Taste for good measure.
  • Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  • To serve, add 3-4 tablespoons of pinto beans to a large bowl.
  • Add a ladle full of the Carne En Su Jugo and top with cilantro (if using), radishes (if using) and serve with lime wedges.
  • Enjoy!