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Mexican Recipe: How to Make Fideo con Carne y Papas

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Fideo con carne y papas (vermicelli with beef and potatoes) is a family dish that tastes great and can feed 4–6 family members for under $10. Fideo is a common staple in most Hispanic households: It's versatile and economical.

Fideo con carne y papas (vermicelli with beef and potatoes) is a family dish that tastes great and can feed 4–6 family members for under $10. Fideo is a common staple in most Hispanic households: It's versatile and economical.

Fideo con carne y papas is a delicious and common meal in many Hispanic households. This recipe will serve 4–6 people for under $10.

  • Fideo means vermicelli.
  • Carne means beef.
  • Papas means potatoes.

What Is Fideo?

Fideo is a macaroni-type pasta that originated in Spain. It is available long, like spaghetti, or boxed in 1-inch lengths. Fideo is a nice substitute when a cook does not want to use rice or other forms of pasta. Fideo can be prepared with other foods or enjoyed alone.

There are a variety of ways to prepare fideo. You can make it soupier by adding more water or drier by adding less. There are also a variety of ingredients one can add to fideo. This makes it a versatile dish for you and your family.

Guisado: Fideo con carne y papas.

Guisado: Fideo con carne y papas.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

25 min

30 min

Makes 4–6 hearty servings.


  • 1 pound stew meat
  • 1 (5-ounce) box fideo (vermicelli)
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 peeled potato
  • garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil


  1. Add 1 tablespoon of canola oil to a skillet. Brown stew meat over medium to high heat.
  2. Add chopped onion over the browned beef stew meat.
  3. Add peeled and cubed potato over the beef stew meat and onions.
  4. Add one cube of beef bouillon to 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil in a microwave-safe dish in the microwave.
  5. Brown the fideo as the bouillon cooks: Add 1 tablespoon of canola oil to a second skillet. Add 1 (5-ounce) box of fideo (vermicelli). Stir fideo over medium heat until it's golden brown.
  6. Pour browned fideo over the stew mixture.
  7. Pour beef stock over the fideo and stew mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover with a lid, and let simmer on low for 10 minutes. The fideo will soak up the broth during this time.
  8. Serve your prepared fideo con carne y papas in a soup bowl or dish. Enjoy!

Cooking Tip

Inexpensive cuts of beef can be tough and difficult to tenderize. Consider adding 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to stew meats. Vinegar helps marinade and tenderize the beef and makes it easier to cut and chew.

Fideo Options and Variations


There are a variety of meats you can use in fideo dishes.

  • ground beef
  • stew meat
  • chicken

Vegetables and Beans

Fideo can be eaten alone or with a variety of vegetables. Fideo is compatible with:

  • tomato
  • onion
  • potato
  • squash
  • carrots
  • corn
  • peas
  • a variety of peppers
  • lima beans
  • garbanzo beans


Broths can be varied when preparing fideo:

  • beef broth
  • chicken broth
  • vegetable broth
  • tomato sauce

Herbs and Spices

  • cilantro sprigs
  • bay leaf
  • garlic
  • ground peppercorns
  • cumin

Serving Suggestion

Ladle fideo con carne y papas over a serving of refried beans.

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© 2012 Marisa Hammond Olivares


Jamie Palmer on March 21, 2020:

Love Fideo! Grow up with it in all kinds of variations. Now I make it at times for my family. I also add a little more water and tomato sauce for more of a soup feeling. Now I can try your version. Super excited

Joanna on March 13, 2020:

I havent had that type of fideo in years when my friends mom made it for us. Making it myself this weekend.

Marisa Hammond Olivares (author) from Texas on December 22, 2013:

RealHousewife, thank you Kelly! This is a great meal when you need a nice warm lunch. Glad to see you.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on December 12, 2013:


Looks great MO!

Marisa Hammond Olivares (author) from Texas on September 02, 2012:

Senoritaa, thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, this dish is actually pretty easy and inexpensive too. I do hope you try it.

Rinita Sen on September 01, 2012:

Very simple and I bet tasty. Must try!

Marisa Hammond Olivares (author) from Texas on August 29, 2012:

Just Ask Susan, this is one of those simple staple meals mom would have simmering for lunch or dinner. It tastes good, it is inexpensive and it is heartwarming. Hearty too. I do hope you enjoy it.

eddy4me, the hard part is not letting the waistline expand along with the recipe book. hehehe Glad to see you Eddy.

Eddy Jones from Wales. on August 29, 2012:

Mmmm another for that ever expanding recipe book;thanks for sharing and I will certainly be trying this out.

Take care and enjoy your day.


Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on August 29, 2012:

You know how much I love Mexican food :) Will be putting your recipe on the menu this upcoming week. Thank you.

Marisa Hammond Olivares (author) from Texas on July 22, 2012:

Hi K9! Thank you! Browning rice and pasta is a common step in cooking mexican food. It does add a different texture and flavor. I'm glad to hear this recipe is fridge/magnet worthy. :)

Thank you so much for stopping by to read and comment. HubHugs to you too!

India Arnold from Northern, California on July 21, 2012:

What a great tip regarding the vermicelli; browning it must bring out that yummy nutty flavor of the pasta. I am a HUGE fan of anything Latin, and this recipe is going up on the fridge without a doubt! Great stuff missolive!


Marisa Hammond Olivares (author) from Texas on July 21, 2012:

tsmog: Hi Tim! Wow! You made ME hungry! lol I also keep cayenne around for that extra dash of spice. Tortas are good too. Heck, all mexican food is good. Thank you so much for stopping by to read and comment. It sincerely is a pleasure to see you.

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on July 20, 2012:

Delicioius. I've got a big bottle of cayenne pepper just waiting to try this with. Tortilleria Mexicana around the corner will get a visit on that Sunday too. Hmmmmmmm tortillas, whole wheat, yeah or maybe a torta gazpachera, M'm, M'm looks good . . . (thanks for the favor too!)

Marisa Hammond Olivares (author) from Texas on July 16, 2012:

RTalloni, I bet you could make this blindfolded. I do hope your hubby is doing well. I bet you are a great chef/nurse. Glad you came by.

RTalloni on July 13, 2012:

I'm glad you gave definitions so I wouldn't have to look them up--or make a mistake! Thanks for an easy and different recipe--I need one that has lots of aroma and looks good for a recuperating husband. :)

Marisa Hammond Olivares (author) from Texas on July 12, 2012:

drbj, you sent my into a giggle frenzy! LOL You are something else! :) Thanks so much for stopping by. You made my day! I do hope you enjoy the recipe.

lord de cross - Hi Joseph! So glad to see you. I see I tempted those taste buds of yours. Give it a try sometime - I really do think you'd enjoy this dish. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

Joseph De Cross from New York on July 07, 2012:

Simply delicious! Is 2:17 a.m. and I got hungry! Hopefully I will survive until tomorrow. Omg! You know how to get us with those pics Marissa. Your easy to follow instructions are a delight!


drbj and sherry from south Florida on July 06, 2012:

I read the title of your hub quickly, Marisa, and started laughing when I thought you wrote 'Fido' instead of 'fideo.' My first thought - are we reduced to eating dogmeat now? Sorry about that. This is really a neat, easy recipe and I will try it. Thanks.

Marisa Hammond Olivares (author) from Texas on July 05, 2012:

TToombs08, Come on over - I'll give ya' yums for your VUMS! :) My hubby prefers beef and I prefer chicken. I hope you give it a try sometime.

theclevercat, I think your idea will work. Fideo with just veggies taste great too. - Enjoy!

lelleyward, I'm sure they would. It is quick, easy, inexpensive and definitely tasty. I'm thrilled to see you - thanks for stopping by.

Gypsey Rose Lee, thank you so very much! I truly appreciate it.

girishpuri, I'm so glad you think so. Thanks for reading and commenting.

teaches12345, I've got your taste-buds going? You are absolutely right - a nice bowl of fideo on a cold day is definitely heartwarming. I share in your childhood memories. :)

rebeccamealey, yes - it is simple and just a few ingredients. By the way, plain fideo with just the bullion is great too. Thanks so much for reading, commenting and voting.

Sharyn's Slant, I'd love to hear how both of you like this. You are quite welcome for the translation - I figured I'd better throw those in. Super glad to see you Sharon - have a great day.

Thanks to all of you for taking the time to read and comment. Fideo really is versatile and I'm sure many of you will find delicious and creative ways to include it in your meals. Enjoy!

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on July 05, 2012:

This truly is my kind of meal. Looks and sounds wonderful and I believe I must try this. Since I do most of the cooking for my father know, he will also definitely like this. Thanks for the "translation lessons" too, I needed that!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 03, 2012:

This looks very tasty and not a lot of ingredients or trouble making. Very cool! Voted useful and sharing all around!

Dianna Mendez on July 01, 2012:

I see you are posting all my favorites dishes this week from my childhood. This was on that we had a lot during the cold winter months as it is a stew type dish. Your recipe is simple and a great dinner choice.

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on July 01, 2012:

sounds delicious, i like it.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 01, 2012:

Sounds wonderful. Great video. Passing this on.

kelleyward on July 01, 2012:

I've never heard of this but it looks fantastic! My entire family would enjoy this meal. Voted up and 5 stars! Kelley

Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on July 01, 2012:

This looks great! I wonder if I can make it with vegetarian beef-like strips (like Gardein)?

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on July 01, 2012:

Yum! This one looks even better than the one with chicken! That's it, I'm coming over to your house for dinner!!! :) VUMS.

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