Carne Picada Recipe

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Lawler Modified: October 29, 2021
Carne Picada Recipe


How To Make Carne Picada

Roughly translated, carna picada would mean spicy minced beef. This savory recipe is indeed brimming with spices and perfect with tortillas.

Prep: 1 hr
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 1 hr 12 mins


  • 1 tbsp dried ancho chile powder
  • 3 tsp salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tsp dried cumin
  • 1 tsp dried coriander
  • 2 lb carne picada
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded, deribbed, and minced
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 28 fl oz whole plum tomatoes, 1 can, drained and crushed with your hands


  1. In a small bowl mix together first 7 ingredients.
  2. Toss meat with garlic. Sprinkle meat with spice mixture and mix to evenly coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1-hour minimum.
  3. In a large straight-sided skillet, add 2 tablespoons of oil, jalapeno, and onions and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the onions begin to soften. Add half the meat mixture and cook over medium-high heat until browned on both sides. Remove to a plate and set aside
  4. Add more oil as needed and brown the remaining meat on both sides. Turn the heat to low. Add the cooked meat back to the pan. Add drained tomatoes and cook, cover, until heated through, which will be about 7 minutes.

  5. Serve with warmed tortillas and desired optional toppings.


  • Sugar: 2g
  • :
  • Calcium: 24mg
  • Calories: 252kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 69mg
  • Fat: 16g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 351mg
  • Protein: 23g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Sodium: 933mg
  • Vitamin A: 48IU
  • Vitamin C: 4mg
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