Carne Picada

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Prepare your taste buds for a delicious and flavorful dish with Carne Picada. This traditional Mexican dish features tender and seasoned bite-sized pieces of beef cooked to perfection in a savory sauce. With a blend of spices and vegetables, Carne Picada is a comforting and satisfying meal that is sure to become a family favorite.

Why Make This Recipe

Carne Picada is a versatile and hearty dish that is perfect for a cozy family dinner or entertaining guests. It is easy to prepare and allows you to customize the level of spice to suit your preferences. With its rich flavors and tender beef, Carne Picada is a comforting and satisfying meal that will leave everyone coming back for more.

How to Make Carne Picada


  • 3 pounds carne picada (or bottom round roast cut into small bite-sized pieces)
  • 2-3 tablespoons avocado oil (as needed for frying)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 large sweet onion (chopped)
  • 6 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 large red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 large green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 10 ounce cans Rotel fire roasted diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 cup beef broth (more as needed)
  • Fresh chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of avocado oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and seasonings and mix well.
  3. Sprinkle over the meat and mix to evenly coat each piece.
  4. Sear the beef in batches until browned, about 3-5 minutes on both sides. Transfer the seared beef to a plate.
  5. In the same dutch oven, saute onions and garlic until softened, then add the bell peppers and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  6. Return the seared steak to the dutch oven, add diced tomatoes and beef broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes until the steak is tender.
  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with rice, tortillas, and toppings.

How to Serve Carne Picada

Serve Carne Picada hot and garnish with fresh cilantro. Pair it with rice, warm tortillas, beans, and your favorite toppings for a complete and satisfying meal.

How to Store Carne Picada

Store leftover Carne Picada in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat before serving for the best taste and texture.

Tips to Make Carne Picada

  • Ensure the beef is cut into small, bite-sized pieces for even cooking.
  • Adjust the spice levels to your taste preference by increasing or reducing the amount of chili powder and cayenne pepper.
  • Stir the Carne Picada occasionally while simmering to prevent burning and ensure the flavors meld together.


  1. Can I use a different cut of beef for Carne Picada? Yes, you can use bottom round roast or flank steak as alternatives to carne picada.
  2. Is Carne Picada spicy? The level of spiciness can be adjusted by altering the amount of cayenne pepper and chili powder used.
  3. Can I freeze Carne Picada? Carne Picada freezes well; store it in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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