Every day is a new day. In the morning, brush your teeth and take a shower. You might eat breakfast or go to school or work. But in the evening, it’s time for dinner! What do you want to eat? Salpicon! A Salvadorian dish of cooked chicken salad with corn kernels, tomatoes, onions, cilantro leaves, and avocados served on lettuce cups. You can make it from scratch at home with this blog post as your guide. Get ready for an authentic taste of Central America today! This recipe is perfect anytime: lunchtime snack or afternoon meal before going out on the town. We hope you will enjoy these recipes and find them easy enough to make at home with.
A Brief History of Salpicon
Salpicon is a traditional Mexican dish made from marinated meat. Salpicón or “salpicon” can refer to any type of salad, but it’s usually used as a name for savory dishes that use shredded cooked beef or pork and vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, jicama, and more. It consists typically of white-meat fish with chopped onion and cilantro. Salpicón de Camarones (shrimp salpicon) combines shrimp with tomato sauce, onions, and peppers.
They are popular in the coastal areas of Mexico because they combine seafood, which was plentiful there with locally grown products like fresh vegetables. These salads may also be called Ensaladas Mixtas (“mixed salads”) Salpicón is the name of a Mexican dish made from marinated meat.
Salpicon is a popular and traditional appetizer in Mexico. It’s usually served as an accompaniment to drinks or other dishes such as tacos, enchiladas, or flautas. In this article, we will tell you the ingredients of both versions of salpicon so that you can prepare it at home with splendid success. We also have some recipes for you along with more helpful information about its history and origin.
What Does Salpicon Comprise?
You may find that salpicon comprises large chunks of meat mixed with vegetables like onions, tomatoes, peppers, and lime juice. The type of meat used depends on the region and personal taste. Salpicon de res (beef) is prepared with beef, onion, tomatoes, and cilantro mixed in a lime juice dressing.
The salpicon de Pollo (chicken), which you may also call it Salpicón Español or Salpicón Potosino because of its origin in the city of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, has chicken meat chunks. It is mixed with vegetables like carrots and celery, along with onions and green peas seasoned with lemon juice. When making salpicon, you can either use beef or chicken.
Preparing Beef Salpicon
Prepare minced garlic cloves by heating them under hot water for about 30 seconds so that they lose their rawness but don’t yet burn. In a separate bowl, mix them with all the other ingredients except lime juice.
Cut beef into chunks of about one inch or more and add it to the mixture from step number two. Squeeze a couple of limes over the whole thing and stir well for a few minutes until it looks like Salpicon.
Preparing Chicken Salpicon
Peel carrots and cut them in half lengthwise, then slice thinly across so that you have thin carrot slices sprinkling vertically on top of each other. Do this also with celery sticks (if using). Chop onions finely as well after removing their outer walls (see picture). Mix carrots, celery, along with chopped onion in a bowl. Add lime juice and mix well until it looks like Salpicon, adding salt to taste.
Beef Salpicon Recipe
To prepare this traditional Mexican appetizer, first, take around half a kilogram (two pounds) of beef or pork meat cut into chunks that are about one inch thick. Then add the following ingredients:
- Two cups of diced onion
- Three chopped garlic cloves
- Five tablespoons each of oil and tomato puree
- One tablespoon dried oregano leaf
- Pepper powder
The amount you add depends on how spicy you want it. You may need salt to make the whole thing tastier without overdoing it with sodium content. Mix all these ingredients together in a pot where they will fit perfectly and cook on low heat for about 40 minutes. Then add a half cup of water to the mix, cover it up with a lid, and let simmer for another 30 minutes until the meat gets cooked through completely.
Chicken Salpicon Recipe
Prepare minced garlic cloves by heating them under hot water for about 30 seconds so that they lose their rawness but don’t yet burn. In a separate bowl, mix them with all the other ingredients except lime juice. Cut chicken into chunks of about one inch or more and add it to the mixture from step number two. Squeeze a couple of limes over the whole thing and stir well for a few minutes until it appears like Salpicon.
How to Cook Salpicon
Salpicón or beef/ chicken Salpicon is a dish that is served as an appetizer in Latin American countries. It contains finely chopped meat, fruit, and vegetables. You need these ingredients to cook beef/ chicken Salpicon:
- 1 ripe tomato, peeled and seeded
- 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, finely chopped
- 1 green bell pepper seeded and finely chopped
- 1 scallion, sliced fine
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
In a shallow bowl set over ice or in the refrigerator combine tomato, pineapple, green pepper, and scallion. Drizzle with oil, season with salt and pepper, toss well. Cover and refrigerate to chill well before serving cooked Salpicon.
You can cook Salpicon without a recipe. To do this, you need a frying pan and ingredients for Salpicon. It is easy to cook Salpicon because there is no specific direction or instruction on how to cook Salpicon. You just follow the direction of your taste and preference when cooking Salpicon.
Cook Salpicon in a frying pan with little oil or cook it in a steamer. You can cook beef/ chicken Salpicon until it is well cooked, tender, and no blood remains. Serve cook Salpicon while still hot to enjoy its freshness.
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