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Salpicon (Savory Mexican Shredded Beef)

Salpicon is a savory mix of slow-cooked shredded beef and sauce topped with diced tomatoes, cilantro, and avocado. Inspired by a traditional Mexican recipe!

Salpicon on a white plate with tomatoes and avocados


Southern food contains inspiration from around the world.  Ingredients of African, Latin American, and European origins—just to name a few—grace our table regularly.  So when Lara Lyn Carter, southern chef and Emmy-winning TV personality, offered to share her recipe for Mexican salpicon, the answer was a hearty “Yes, please!”

Lara Lyn Carter, author of Skinny Southern

Lara Lyn Carter, author of Skinny Southern

Salpicon means “medley” or “hodgepodge” in Spanish, and (depending on the country of origin) can refer to a savory mix of meat and vegetables or a cold, sweet beverage made with fruit.  This savory salpicon recipe consists of slow-cooked shredded beef accompanied by fresh veggies like tomatoes and avocado. 

Salpicon can be served over rice (regular or cauliflower), on tostadas or tacos, or even over lettuce if desired.  This recipe, which was featured in Lara Lyn Carter’s new Skinny Southern cookbook, was inspired by dinner at a friend’s house:

“In my hometown of Albany Georgia we have a large manufacturing plant here, Proctor and Gamble. Because the plant brings people from all over the world to work here, we have several friends that come from places like England, Germany, Mexico and others. This particular salpicon recipe was inspired by a meal that my friend from Mexico served us in her home one evening.”

Front cover of Skinny Southern cookbook

Lara Lyn loves recipes that can be made in the crock pot because they’re so helpful for busy people and working moms.  She recommends salpicon as an easy dinner to serve a crowd, and hopes that people will realize when they cook from her book that healthy is delicious, and they can live a happy and fulfilled lifestyle without feeling like they have given up anything at all.

Check out Skinny Southern on Amazon.

Salpicon on a white plate with tomatoes and avocados
5 from 3 votes


Salpicon is a savory mix of slow-cooked shredded beef and sauce topped with diced tomatoes, cilantro, and avocado. Inspired by a traditional Mexican recipe!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beef, crock pot, mexican, slow cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 319 kcal
Author Katie Moseman


  • 2 lbs. grass fed flank steak
  • 1 large Vidalia onion or sweet onion quartered
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • sliced avocados


  1. Arrange the beef in a crockpot that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Arrange the onion around the beef. Mix together the salt, olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, and oregano. Pour the mixture over the beef. Cover and cook the beef on high for 8 hours.

  2. Remove the beef and onion from the crockpot. Shred the beef and onions onto a large platter. Serve with the diced tomatoes, cilantro and avocado.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts do not include avocado.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 319 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 474mg21%
Potassium 695mg20%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Vitamin C 9.1mg11%
Calcium 129mg13%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe Rating

Rocio Cocina en Casa

Monday 10th of June 2019

Loved the Recipe! Thanks a lot

Amy-Lynn Denham

Tuesday 30th of April 2019

hmmm I'm not a meat eater, really, but I could totally find a way to make this work with some alternatives.

elizabeth o

Tuesday 30th of April 2019

It looks delicious and the perfect accompaniment to a fine bottle of vino on a cold night. I bet it must taste really good.

Mummy yoyo

Thursday 18th of April 2019

Loved the Recipe! Looks easy to make and looks delicious

Happy and Busy Travels

Wednesday 17th of April 2019

I've never tasted Sapicon, I'll try to find any restaurant that serves this dish here in the Philippines