Beef For Carne Picada


Beef for carne picada. Imagine that. Carne picada is a dish made of beef, within which lies hidden vegetables and peppers (unless you have a cute neighbor who doesn’t like eating vegetables…in which case it might be all beef).Carne picada is a Mexican dish that includes beef, onions and peppers. They are always served together because of the deep affinity they have with each other. Beef for carne picada is best cooked over an open flame.


My Carne Picada Recipe cooks low and slow for the most delicious beef to use in tacos, fajitas, rice bowls, and more! Richly flavorful and tender, this picada slow cooker recipe will quickly become one of your favorite weeknight meals. It’s so easy to make and is completely hands-off!



Carne Picada literally translates to “minced meat” in Spanish, and can typically be found sold in packages as cubed, thinly sliced, or shaved beef. You can find it in packages literally labeled as carne picada meat. It’s perfect for recipes like tacos, fajitas, burrito bowls, and even Mexican pizza! If you can’t find packaged carne picada, you can also cube your own beef to use from chuck roast or bottom round roast.


Most often it is cut from bottom round, chuck roast or chuck steak, which are both budget-friendly beef cuts that cook best slowly.


There are two main differences between the two that make them completely separate recipes: the way the beef is cut, and the cooking method used to prepare each dish. Carne picada is minced beef that you braise (cook in a liquid), while carne asada is slices of steak typically cooked on a grill. Carne asada literally translates to “grilled meat”. You may have also heard of steak picadocarne molidacarne moída, or carne guisada. All of these refer to the same thing: ground or minced meat, like carne picada!


  • Bottom round roast or chuck roast cut into cubes or carne picada meat
  • All-purpose flour
  • Paprika
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Olive oil
  • Fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • Optional: cilantro for garnish


  1. Cube bottom round roast. Dry the beef by patting with paper towels. Combine flourpaprikasaltpepper, and garlic powder in a bowl or on a plate, and set aside.
    Two images showing step 1: cubing the beef, and mixing the flour and seasoning mixture
  2. Heat olive oil in a heavy-bottom skillet. Sear cubed beef over medium-high heat in batches as necessary until it browns. Transfer beef to the slow cooker.
    Two images showing step 2: Searing the cubed beef in oil in a pan
  3. Stir in the flour and seasoning blend and add the fire roasted tomatoes.
    Two images showing step 3: Adding the beef and flour seasoning mixture to the crockpot, then adding the fire roasted tomatoes
  4. Cook for 3 hours on high. Garnish with fresh cilantro if desired, and that’s it! Enjoy making your recipes with carne picada!
    Two images of step 4: A crockpot set to high, and ladling carne picada out of the crockpot after cooking


  • Don’t skip out on searing the beef. It adds a ton of flavor to carne picada meat!
  • Cook the beef for longer, if you have the time. Slow cook for 5 hours and you will have the most tender and delicious crockpot meal.
  • If you like a more mild flavor, use regular canned diced tomatoes instead of fire-roasted tomatoes.
  • Additionally, if you want more sauce, you can use two cans of diced tomatoes instead of one.


I love making a big batch of picada and using it throughout the week in so many different recipes! Here are some of my favorite uses:

  • Carne Picada Tacos Tacos are one of the most delicious ways to eat slow-cooked carne picada. Add your favorite taco toppings, like sour cream, cotija cheese, and guacamole. Serve in soft taco shells for the most delicious carne picada tacos!
  • Breakfast Beef Tacos You can even make breakfast tacos using the meat from this recipe! Scrambled eggs, Mexican white cheese, and avocado crema would make an amazing breakfast taco.
  • Carne Picada Fajitas Try making carne picada fajitas using tortillas and sauteed peppers and onions! A side of guacamole, beans, and rice are perfect choices for serving with carne picada fajitas.
  • Picada Rice Bowls A classic choice for recipes with carne picada meat is to make rice bowlsBeef rice bowls are so delicious! Try this Portuguese Rice recipe.
  • Picada Mexican PizzaTop a Mexican pizza with carne picada beef! Cotija cheese, queso fresco, or a Mexican cheese blend are perfect choices for the cheese. Use a flatbread for the dough – even better if you make it a grilled flatbread! For a little extra spice, add sliced jalapenos. Smoked brisket also works really well when making a delicious flatbread pizza.


Our Carne Picada will turn your kitchen into an amazing south-of-the-border taco bar with this simple, easy and versatile recipe. Buen Provecho! For those of us who spend our days cooking and crafting recipes, generally obsessed with food, inspiration can be found just about anywhere. Maybe you tried something at a restaurant you want to recreate at home,

Our Carne Picada will turn your kitchen into an amazing south-of-the-border taco bar with this simple, easy and versatile recipe. Buen Provecho!

For those of us who spend our days cooking and crafting recipes, generally obsessed with food, inspiration can be found just about anywhere.

Maybe you tried something at a restaurant you want to recreate at home, maybe you have fond memories of a dish your grandmother used to make, or maybe a late night of binge-watching old Friends episodes made you crave some homemade fried chicken.

Sometimes, though, it’s an ingredient that sparks your creativity, something unique you found at your go-to grocery store or a specialty store you visited on a trip (I’m not the only one who has “visit local market” on their list of vacation to-do’s, right?). That’s the case with this recipe.


What is carne picada in English? Well, it can mean “minced” or “ground” meat, though what I found at the market and what you’ll likely find is more like very thin strips – shavings, somewhere between a coarse ground beef and thin slices of steak.

Carne pica actually means “spicy” beef, so let’s go with spicy minced beef. 🙂 The slices usually come from a flavorful cut like chuck, though more inexpensive cuts may be used.

It was one serendipitous visit to a local Hispanic market that introduced me to Carne Picada.

If you love Mexican and Tex-Mex food like I do, and you don’t speak Spanish, you’ve probably naturally absorbed some new words from your favorite restaurant’s menu, words like pollo, carnitas, nopalitos, and my favorite – queso. 🙂

If you’re in a meaty mood, you’re already familiar with “carne,” but here are some differences between my Carne Picada recipe and other beefy options to keep in mind:

Carne Picada vs. Carne Guisada: Both are small pieces of beef, but picada is sliced into thin strips and guisada has larger pieces similar to stew beef, slow-cooked and swimming in a cumin-laced gravy.

Carne Picada vs. Carne Asada: Both of these are more like traditional steak, but “Asada” will be grilled, served as a whole steak or sliced for fajitas. Picada will be cooked into something a little saucier. Carne asada is also a more common dish with lots of recipes to choose from. Don’t bother looking for a Carne Picada recipe Food Network or other popular food sites might offer to your recipe quest.

In addition to natural beefy goodness, the biggest advantage to using the Carne Picada cut is that it cooks up extremely quickly even though it’s from a low-and-slow roast like chuck, so getting dinner on the table is a snap. Because it has tons of surface area, it also means more space to absorb whatever inspired seasonings you decide to use. Flavor, flavor, flavor.

This Carne Picada recipe is definitely Mexican-inspired and makes a great filling for tacos or enchiladas, or even fantastic Carne Picada fajitas (though you’ll need to pan fry them for fajitas since grilling might be a challenge.


For my recipe, you’ll use a dry marinade of smoky spices – cumin, coriander, oregano – and the extra special addition of ancho chili powder.

Ancho is the name for dried poblano peppers, a dark, smoky, but relatively mild chili often found in fajitas or stuffed as the classic chili relleno. The chili powder on your pantry shelf is probably a blend of spices that includes additional heat in the form of cayenne pepper.

Ancho chili powder is just a wonderful concentrate of all the flavor and natural heat of the chili itself without the other stuff to get in the way.

After an hour or so, the seasoned beef gets browned in batches then mixed with tomatoes (I do recommend breaking these apart with your hands for the best texture), onions, and jalapenos to make a really versatile filling that can be stuffed into your favorite tortilla (or my homemade sopes) and eaten as-is or with your favorite taco toppings.

Really just a little-chopped cilantro and some crumbled queso fresco are all you need.

If you want something more substantial, you can stuff seasoned whole pinto or refried beans and the filling inside a large tortilla, along with some cheese, to make da Burritos Steak Ranchero recipe.

Leftovers are also really amazing served the next morning with a favorite breakfast staple to make a Carne Picada with potatoes recipe (or picadillo) – a really hearty, homey hash.  I recommend adding an over-easy or poached egg on top, along with some sliced avocado, for an epic way to start your day.

Hopefully, you’ll be as inspired by the flavor and versatility of Carne Picada as I was . . . a little “south-of-the-border” culinary adventure is only a grocery store away!


Our Slow Cooker Carne Picada recipe will become one of your favorite weeknight meals! It is so incredibly tasty and easy to prepare using your slow cooker.

Carne picada slow cooker recipe in a white bowl with a fork to the side and cilantro on top


I guarantee you are going to love this recipe for beef carne picada. It is melt-in-your-mouth delicious and as easy as can be to make. The first time I made this recipe, you should have seen the look on my family’s faces! Instant obsession. I get asked to make this beef picada recipe almost weekly.

One of my favorite times to make this carne picada slow cooker recipe is for my kids’ birthdays. They all love it, and because it’s so easy and cooks all in the crockpot, it saves me time to make the rest of their day extra special.

It’s a perfect celebration dinner because you can make it ahead of time and serve it with everything from rice to a taco bar (my favorite!).


So simple and yummy! I’ve made it twice now. Great when I need to fix it and forget it.

In Spanish, carne means “meat”, and picada means “chopped”. Typically, packages of beef picada meat at the market are sold as small pieces of beef, either cut into thin slices or cubes.

Some also refer to this cut of beef as Carne Picado, which means “bitten”, Carne Molida (“ground”), or Carne Moída (“minced”). You may even hear people refer to it simply as minced meat.

There is also carne asada which is equally amazing!


Carne Picada is different from ground beef in that it is a much thicker chopped beef. It is a cut in between ground beef and chopped beef. It is perfect for quick and easy meals because it cooks very fast while still retaining a bite to it.


We use a bottom round roast as it becomes perfectly tender when you cook it in the crockpot.

You can generally find cubed bottom round roast to use for this recipe or can ask your butcher to cut it for you. You can also easily prepare your own Carne picada meat at home. Simply cut a bottom round roast into ½-inch cubes.

Ingredients to make carne picada
First roasted diced tomatoes, seasoning, and bottom round roast
Cutting bottom round roast into cubes
You can make your own carne picada meat by cutting the roast into cubes yourself.

Carne picada is a tender crockpot stew, full of slow cooker minced meat that cooks down with the most delicious natural beef gravy thanks to the fire-roasted tomatoes.

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