Mexican Carne Apache is difficult to describe because it is like Mexican-style steak tartare. Tartare is defined as is a meat dish made from finely chopped or minced raw beef. Carne Apache is also similar to ceviche because the beef is cooked by the acids of the lime juice. At first, I was not sure about eating this dish. I did try it and I must say, “I really like this recipe for Carne Apache, It is absolutely delicious!” If you try it I am positive that you will like it too. This recipe is a great to use as an appetizer dip or spread or ingredient for making a main dish like tacos or tostadas.
This Carne Apache recipe was shared with me by Marisela Reyna of Hillsboro, Oregon. When Marisela makes this recipe for her family, she increases the recipe and use 5 pounds of ground beef. Her children love this dish so much and would eat it every day if they could. When Marisela shared this dish with us, I wanted to eat the whole dish myself.
It would be prudent to include the food safety warning for this dish that states, “Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness”.
- 1 pound ground beef, extra-lean (hamburger)*
- 8 ounces (1 cup) lime juice, freshly-squeezed**
- 3/4 to 1 cup tomato, diced
- 1/4 cup onions, diced
- 2 chipotle chile peppers, cut in small strips***
- Jalapeno chile peppers to taste
- 1 bunch cilantro, fresh, roughly cut
- Coarse salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste
In a large shallow baking dish, spread out the uncooked ground beef evenly. Pour the lime juice over the top and mix together well with a fork.
Either let sit at room temperature for 4 hours or refrigerate 10 to 12 hours or overnight to marinate and "cook" the beef. Stir the mixture every so often to combine the juices.
After marinating the beef, stir in the juices and add the tomatoes, onions, chile peppers, salt, and pepper.
Serve with corn chips, corn tortillas, saltine crackers, or Mexican Guerreros (your choice).
* Use only the freshest ground beef available from a trusted source. It is best to grind your own ground beef.
** Marisela likes to use key limes.
*** Marisela like to use canned La Morenita jalapenos. She uses both the juice and the jalapenos (diced) in the recipe.
Categories:Chile Peppers Meat Appetizers Mexican Beef Recipes
14 Responses to “Mexican Carne Apache Recipe”
Seriously ground beef?
I think it amazing that nobody’s gotten I’ll from this.
Whats Cooking America
If you read the recipe you’ll see we state a warning about raw meats and advise on the following: “Use only the freshest ground beef available from a trusted source. It is best to grind your own ground beef.”
The Human body was designed to eat Raw meat. How do you think cave men ate their meat? Raw.
You let it cook with lime juice and the jalapeno’s vinegar broth. I’ve made it for years without dying.
We have made it for years – never gotten sick.
People forget that we are carnivores are we were initally intended to eat meat raw just like every other carnivore in the planet. It was not until the discovery of fire that we started to cook our meals. I make this all the time and never, and I mean never, have I gotten ill from it. I do take precaution while making it to ensure its fully cooked before eating.
Can I eat this while pregnant?
Whats Cooking America
Definitely consult with your doctor first, but since there is more potential risk to the fetus, I would recommend to stay away from raw meats when you are pregnant.
People seem to forget regular ceviche is with raw fish too.. If you buy a chuck roast and have the butcher grind it then it will be safer than just ground beef as well as less fattier too. I always buy ground chuck in place of ground beef. Never buy the “tubes” or chubs of ground beef as they come from processing plants and those usually are the ones that have quality issues.
Sean P BARTON
Wow, excellent advice! Thank you…
Very good, very similar to recipe my family uses.
Sounds really good but I have a problem eating things too spicy how would I make this
Hi Debby, don’t put the chipotle nor jalapeños in. I also have been making it for years by putting serano peppers instead. Chop them into small pieces. (My kids would be able to take them out) put as many as you want… maybe 2 depending on how much you are making ( for this recipe?) just enough to leave a taste but not spicy that you can’t eat. Enjoy with some saltine crackers, or better with tostadas and/ or tortilla chips.