Carne Picada (Spicy Ground Beef)

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by threeovens

This is served in Colombian restaurants as part of their "Mountain Platter" or "Bandeja Paisa". It is usually served with a fried egg on top, rice and beans, slice avocado, sweet fried plantains, corn cake and pork rinds (chiccharone).

Top Review by Kathleen T.

I really wanted to like this recipe. I love Cuban food and wanted to try something from Columbia. I followed the recipe exactly with one exception. I only used three jalapenos. The heat was fine and I could have added two more. My problem with the recipe is that it lacks flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 12 cup onion, diced
  • 5 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon
  • salt and pepper


  1. Saute onion in oil in a large skillet over medium low heat until translucent. Add jalapeno and cook about 10 minutes more. Remove onion and peppers and set aside.
  2. Raise heat to medium and quickly brown ground beef. Drain off fat and return onions and peppers. Add tomatoes, garlic, bouillon, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Saute over low heat for 15 minutes.
  4. This can also be prepared using beef broth rather than the bouillon. You would add it at the same time, just cook until desired consistency.

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