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Carne Picada

Carne picada means "minced beef" in Spanish, and makes for excellent tacos with a nice assortment of additional toppings.
4.67 from 24 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 people


  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 1 large yellow onion - diced small
  • 4 serrano peppers - de-stemmed, de-seeded (optional), diced small
  • 2 lbs. chuck steak - trimmed of fat and silversking, and cut into a 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 tsp. chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Mexican oregano
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 4 medium roma tomatoes - deseeded and finely diced


  • Preheat your broiler on high with your top rack near the top of the oven. Roast your poblanos in a broiler pan until blackened on all sides. Place in a heat proof bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Place the diced onions and serrano peppers in a bowl near your stove. Dice the beef and place in a separate bowl by your stove. Place chili powder, cumin, oregano, and the minced garlic in a small bowl by your stove.
  • De-stem, then cut the tomatoes into quarters. With a spoon, remove all of the seeds and cores. Chop into a very small dice and place in a bowl by your stove. Peel then dice the poblano and place in a bowl by your stove.
  • In a large cast iron skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat, saute the onion and serrano peppers with a pinch of salt. Remove from the skillet and set aside. About 10 minutes
  • Add the beef to the pan and saute until well browned. Add the seasonings and garlic and saute for an additional minute. Add the onion mixture, poblanos, and tomatoes. Stir well to combine. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with toasted corn tortillas, salsa, crumbled queso fresco, chopped cilantro, and other toppings.
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