Carne Seca is the spanish name for dried meat and is often used in an array of mexican cuisine. It might seem strange to add jerky to your food, but trust me!
Some of the most amazing dishes can benefit from some grated Carne Seca or stewed strips of beef.
Check out these amazing Carne Seca recipes, and see for yourself!
Before I dive into the wonderful dishes you can create with Carne Seca, I think it would be fun to learn how to make your own Carne Seca!
This recipe from Honest Food uses venison, but you can whichever red meat you would prefer! You can even tailor your choice to the dish you plan on making.
If making your own Carne Seca sounds like a great idea, but you’re not a fan of the paprika flavors that Honest Food is suggesting, check out Coolstr’s recipe.
Cookstr has designed a more complicated recipe, but the taste is divine. You end up with a garlicky and herby depth but with a smoky and spicy finish.
If all of these fancy and delicate recipes seem over the top to you, then I suggest taking a look at CDKITCHEN’s rendition of Carne Seca.
CDKITCHEN’s recipe is closer to jerky than the other two on this list, making them perfect for a road trip instead of a dinner ingredient.
Whichever Carne Seca recipe you choose, you can use them in any of the recipes below!
This recipe by HEB is a beautiful sharing platter with Carne Seca at the heart of the dish. I recommend shredding the dried meat as much as you can, so create a fluffy and evenly spread snack for your friends.
This dish is perfect for when your friends come over to watch the big game!
This dish by SBS is inspired by the famous Brazilian side plate, which cuts the Carne Seca into tiny cubes as if it was grated into the rice.
In some parts of Brazil, this dish is called Drayman, but no matter the name, the dish is instantly recognizable.
Again this is another popular Brazilian dish that is made by many local people throughout the country. This recipe has connections to indigenous traditions, and it has barely changed as the centuries go by.
Unlike Carne Seca, Machaca is a North Mexican jerky, but the same principle applies! The only real difference is the fluffy texture created through a pounding technique.
To make the same effect, grab a slice of meat and use a meat pounder to smash the Carne Seca until you get shredded small pieces.
The arracacha’s nutty and slightly sweet flavor in this dish is perfectly mixed with the Carne Seca beef jerky.
Arracacha is a root vegetable that tastes similar to a carrot mixed with a celery root, has the texture of a potato, but with the looks of a turnip.
You might find this ingredient hard to find, so if you struggle, use sweet baby potatoes instead.
Feijoada is considered to be the national dish of Brazil! You would serve it on weekends, festivals, and holidays.
But because of its popularity and constant use, you will find different variations throughout the country!
10. Rice With Jerked Beef, Squash and Cheese (Arroz Com Carne Seca, Quibebe E Queijo De Coelho) – Easy And Delish
This dish comes from the northeast of Brazil. It is jam-packed with nutrients and has a comforting soul, so there is no need to add a side dish to this beauty.
I said that Feijoada is Brazil’s national dish, and that means you can expect so many different and unique variants of the delicate and smoky meal.
Check out Goya’s interpretation of this national treasure.
This light and fluffy dish is often accompanied by a side dish, but I bet you cannot guess which one! Go on try…. It’s boiled pumpkins!
If that idea sounds way too out there for you, you can always add a side of chickpeas instead.
This recipe won the Best Kilos do Brasil content, so you know that you are about to create a stunner! And of course, (as you have just learned with Cozinha Tecnica’s recipe) it is paired with a pumpkin mash!
Create this beautiful pie and melt as the flavors blend in your mouth!
I am stepping away from the Brazilian dishes now and taking a look at this Italian-inspired dish.
This meal is light in texture but deep with flavor, as the cornmeal bottom soaks in all the details you have marinated together.
This dish is super easy to make, and that is in part to do with the MAGGI Natusabor Tomato Succulents sachet, but I always suggest making as much as you can from scratch.
Instead of using the MAGGI, grab some fennel, carrots, and onions. In fact, taste the dish halfway through and add in whatever you believe can elevate the dish.
This deep pan oven dish by Cookidoo is an easy recipe that takes a very long time. You’d have to start it at the beginning of your day, ready for the evening.
The 12-hour long cooking and baking time might be too much for some of you, but if you can handle the slow nature of this dish, then give it a try!
This meal is an easy broth made from a tomato concentrate. Again it is another Nestle addition, which means the ingredients have some branded choices, but that doesn’t mean you have to pick them.
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18. Carne Seca Desfiada – Claudia
This snack of shredded beef is the perfect size for a friendly get together. Make a large bowl of the Desifiada and let your friends dig in!
This dish is a touch on the difficult side, but if you’re a confident chef, then you will have nothing to worry about. The casserole-like dish can cook itself once you’ve created the puree topping!
Jerky and red wine is a strange combination to most of us westerners, but remember that beef and red wine go together perfectly. Mix up the classy with the convenient with this dark and rich delicious main.
Here I am with another pumpkin and Carne Seca combination, but this time with a crispy and delicate topping. The topping is made mostly with cheese to soak up the dried meat’s sauce.
This meal serves 12, so you can make enough for the whole family!
With only three steps to follow, this stew of a dish creates a sweet tint with the pumpkin and a deep and tender flavor with the Carne Seca. You’ll be going back for more after the first bowl!
This hideaway dish is such a warming comfort food that it becomes perfect for the winter days or a long day’s hiking. The sweet potato brings a beautiful lightness to the Carne Seca meat.
I recommend having this meal with a deep red wine.
I have shown you a stew in this list of amazing Carne Seca recipes, but not a soup! Try out Vovo Palmirinha’s mouth-watering lunch, which has Carne Seca as its secret ingredient.
And the last recipe on the list is this beautiful side dish. Why serve rice when you can add the special pizzaz of Carne Seca to it!
This list of Carne Seca dishes have come from around the world (although they have mostly stopped at Brazil), so try out these cuisines that might otherwise never reach your plate. Have fun and explore!