Carne picada translates to chopped meat. It can also be referring to ground beef sometimes(carne molida). Most days I chop my own beef for carne picada. And I do it mostly because I cannot find prepacked this way. So when I found it recently, I didn’t hesitate to purchase it. My twist on this carne picada recipe is the ingredients I chose. I used the exact same ingredients for my family’s recipe for chicken tamales, minus the chicken, of course. The jalapeños en vinagré(pickled jalapeños) plus the brine they come in, are a key ingredient for this recipe. And I already know the chicken version is delicious, so why not beef?
My most favorite way to serve carne picada is simple. A side of Mexican-style rice and frijoles de la olla. To me, this is comfort food. As long as there are homemade flour tortillas too!
Carne Picada Con Verduras (Beef and Vegetables)
Simple and traditional dishes, like this carne picada con verduras(beef and vegetables), are prepared often in our house.
- Grapeseed or olive oil
- 2 pounds carne picada
- Kosher salt to taste
- Fresh cracked pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 cups potatoes
- 1 1/2 cups carrots
- 1 cup onions
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 5 roma tomatoes
- 1 cup water
- 1/4-1/3 cup jalapeño brine
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/3 cup pickled jalapeño
- In a large pot, preheat 3 tablespoons of oil to medium for 3 minutes. Once hot, add the beef and season generously with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. Brown the meat, turning as needed, for 6-7 minutes.
- To the meat, add the onions, garlic, carrots and potatoes. Stir well to combine and saute for 5-6 minutes.
- In the meantime, transfer the tomatoes to the blender. Add the water, jalapeño brine, cumin and oregano. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into pot with meat and vegetables. Stir well to combine. Taste for salt and mix in the pickled jalapeños that were reserved. Continue simmering for 15-18 minutes, making sure vegetables are fork tender. If you like a thicker sauce, continu
If you prefer, you can eliminate the pickled jalapeños all together. Use fresh jalapeño and instead of the brine, you can substitute with some apple cider vinegar.
I am sorry I do not have a photo available of the meat out of the package. I thought I took one, but I could not find it anywhere in my picture files! When I buy more carne picada, I will add it to the post. Here is the link to my family’s chicken tamal recipe using all of the same ingredients as I did for the carne picada.