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Paella de Carne (Meat Paella)

Paella de Carne (Meat Paella) is a delightful twist on the classic Spanish paella that caters more to the preference of meat-lovers. Unlike its seafood counterpart, this meaty variation is incredibly simple to make, making it accessible to even novice chefs. This variation, featuring succulent meats and red chili pepper flakes on the beloved Spanish rice, has emerged as a tantalizing favorite of many.


To prepare the meat paella recipe, gather the following main ingredients: short-grain rice, beef, onions, garlic, red bell peppers, beef broth, and white wine. Ideally, a paellera would be perfect for cooking this dish, but a large pan can also be used as a substitute.


  • 500g sirloin steak

  • 500g chicken breasts

  • 2 Chorizos (6-inch).

  • 3 1/2 cups (840ml) beef broth

  • 1 cup (200ml) white wine

  • 2 cups (400gr) short-grain rice

  • 1 cup (160gr) peas

  • 5 tomatoes

  • 2 onions

  • 1 red bell pepper

  • 3 garlic cloves

  • 1 bay leaf

  • A pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley (optional)

  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Now, let's dive into the step-by-step guide on how to make this delightful meat paella:

  1. Begin by cutting the sirloin steak and chicken breasts into thin strips. Dice the chorizos In a pan, heat a splash of olive oil and sear the meats over medium heat on both sides. Once done, remove the meats from the pan and set them aside.

  2. Next, chop the onions and red bell pepper, and mince the garlic. In the same pan, add a little oil and cook the onions, red bell pepper, and garlic for 5 to 7 minutes until they develop color and achieve a soft texture.

  3. Add the seasonings and red chili flakes to the pan, stirring everything together. Then, introduce the rice, ensuring it is completely coated with the seasonings and oil. Cook for 3 minutes.

  4. While the rice cooks, dice the tomatoes into small squares.

  5. Now, add the bay leaf, lemon zest, beef broth, white wine (or the same amount of water), and tomato squares to the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

  6. Afterward, add the peas and the meats and continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes. Check if everything is cooked to your desired texture. Turn off the heat and allow the paella to sit for 5 minutes.

  7. Your delectable meat paella is now ready to be served. Make sure to serve it warm, and if desired, garnish with freshly chopped parsley on top.

For those who like to experiment, feel free to make substitutions in this versatile recipe. While we recommend using short-grain rice, you can also try medium-grain rice. The versatility of this dish allows you to customize it to suit your taste and dietary needs.

Whether you're hosting a gathering, craving a comforting meal, or simply looking to expand your cooking repertoire, this recipe is sure to impress and satisfy your taste buds.

¡Buen provecho!


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