Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Carne Picada - Just what does it mean?

Some time ago I bought a package of meat labeled 'Carne Picada' from Wal-Mart. The meat was something like a cross between ground beef and beef steak cut in strips. It's absolutely fantastic cooked in a skillet with sliced onins until the meat is just slightly pink then topped with shredded cheese. Rod eats his between slices of bread and I just pile it on a plate and eat it with a fork. It reminds me of the steak used in a Philly sandwich or omelet.

Anyway, we picked some of that up at Wal-Mart a couple of days ago and I'll more than likely use it this weekend.

But I wonder... what the heck does 'Carne Picada' mean? A google search turns up many references to it and several that claim it means 'minced meat' but this meat isn't minced. It isn't quite ground, either. It's more like shredded.

So, do any of you know what Carne Picada means and do you know the meat I'm talking about?

Also, if you have other ideas on how to use it, I'd love to know them!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

garlic, onions, jalapenos, kosher salt, pepper and oil(usually canola, sometimes olive), and some lime juice.

for about 3lbs of meat, about 6 large garlic cloves, 2-3 large onions, and as many jalapenos as you want. mince the garlic or through a press, slice the onion and jalapeno.

put everything together, let it marinate in a bag for about 15 minutes, then through it out on the grill(i use grill buddies or something similar to keep everything from falling into the grill). let it grill until the juices caramelize on the meat, then remove and serve with some tortillas. walmart carries some abuelas tortillas you can cook up in a few minutes on a griddle or other flat pan on a stove.

i like to make some guacamole as a side dish, and my mom absolutely loves it this meal.

CookinsForMe said...

I just now saw this comment! Thank you for sharing this idea with me. It sounds great. I'll try that next week and will blog about it, probably.

Anonymous said...

Carne Picada is minced Steak, entrails (meaty guts/inners from various animals:chickens, cow, sheep, etc. Kinda of a mystery meat (beef with little "extras" mixed or melded in) - a mexica meat mince. Walmart has a wide mexican clientel which is why you might see it there more often.

Anonymous said...

It makes perfect Broccoli Beef or Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches. The business about entrails is ridiculous, it is thinly slices of trim and end pieces of BEEF.

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Anonymous said...

It's just beef kind of shredded and I found it at Walmart too and asked a friend who was a chef what to do with it. Ended up putting in slow cooker with a pouch of fajita sauce, slice peppers and diced onions and cooked on low for a few hours. It still had a little pink to it. Served with my "taco bar" and kids and guests loved it in hard and soft shells! Will definitely buy it again!

Anonymous said...

I just bought some and used it in chili, turned out great.

Anonymous said...

Carne picada is thinly sliced or shredded beef. It is typically chuck beef, but meat labeled as carne picada may also contain other lower-grade cuts of beef.

Anonymous said...

It makes a great chili! We do trim off some of the fat. It doesn't matter if it is a little tough because it cooks (we brown it before putting it into the chili) all day in a large Crockpot which tenderizes it.

Anonymous said...

i also got the walmart carne picada beef and its awsome for steak tacos

Bryan aka The Foodaholic said...

Good info

gugga56 said...

This is so interesting. I, too, saw this at walmart and am regretting not buying some. Great ideas.

Wayne Tate said...

I picked a package up at wal-mart and used half in my beef tips and rice recipe and the other half I marinated in a package of taco seasoning, 2 tablespoons lime juice and 3 tablespoons oil and fried it with onions and bell pepper and served it like fajitas

KayT said...

'carne' is Spanish/Mexican for 'beef'. 'picada' is a cooking term for thinly sliced (and usually pounded thin) meats such as veal, pork, or chicken.

Anonymous said...

I found Carne Picada sliced beef at Aldi and used it today instead of more expensive flank steak in a Cuban dish called Ropa Vieja. After cooking for three hours on the stove with Adobo, Sazon, Sofrito, tomato sauce, onions, green bell peppers, garlic, sliced green stuffed olives, capers, and cilantro, the meat was so tender that it just fell apart and looked like it had been minced. I served it over yellow rice. Delicious!!!