Thursday, February 19, 2009

Beef Tips Mexican Style / Puntas de Filete a la Mexicana


Bistec a la mexican
Mexican style steak or in this case Beef tips Mexican Style are a very easy to prepare meal. It requieres few ingredients and in a short amount of time you have dinner ready.

There is a Dutch market — not far from my home — where Amish people come and sell their goods: bread, pies, milk, poultry, meat, cheeses, organic produce when in season and many other things. People gather outside before it opens in the morning, just to get a seat in their diner for breakfast or to buy the best of their products. I had to be there before opening one of these days in order to get the beef tenderloin tips. I went twice in the last two weekends but the good cuts were already gone. The only thought that crossed my mind was: What? No Meat!! So the week after I decided to go before opening time. It was 28 degrees plus the wind factor. I was surrounded by about 20-something other people. It didn’t matter because this time I was not getting out of there without my 2 pounds of beef tenderloin tips. I felt like those people outside a shopping mall at midnight on Black Friday trying to get the best deals. Anyway, I got the meat and cooked one of the most popular dishes in a restaurant menu in many northern states of México: Puntas de Filete a la Mexicana.

Northern states, like Chihuahua and Sonora, are well known for the quality of their beef, and this recipe is one that’s very easy to make from this part of the country.

If you like Mexican food and beef... you have a winner here.

Enjoy!!
This recipe serves 6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds of beef tips
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 medium size onion
  • 4 serrano peppers
  • 2 cloves of garlic peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable or olive oil
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Using a molcajete or mortar, grind the black peppercorns and cumin. Add the garlic and crush to form a paste.
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Add the spices paste to the beef tips and mix. Add salt. Let it marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
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Meanwhile chop the tomatoes, serrano peppers and onion.
In a large skillet heat the oil at medium high heat.
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Add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes and add the beef tips and garlic. Keep cooking until beef is browned. About 8 minutes.
Add the serrano peppers and keep cooking for 2 more minutes.
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Now add the tomatoes and season with salt. Cook for about 12 more minutes until sauce thickens and meat is tender.
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You can accompany this dish with Mexican rice, beans and tortillas. I prefer bread to dip into the sauce.
Did you like the recipe? Please let me know in the comments section, do you have questions, or share the link with your friends. I hope you have an incredible time cooking! Provecho!

Mely Martinez, the cook at Mexico in my Kitchen!




21 comments :

  1. This is one of my favorite meat dish. And yours seems so appetizing here, I think I'm getting hungry...
    We had a similar dish in a mexican restaurant during our summer holiday, but I think it had a special sauce in it. Do you have any idea what it could be?

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  2. Hello Zerrin,

    It the sauce with a dark brown color, spicy, is it beef?

    Please let know more details about it a for sure I will let you know the recipe.

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  3. Mely que rico! Oye, pudiera pedirte un favorsito? Cuando puedas me darias tu receta para hacer arroz? Imagino que ha de ser super rica. Yo hago mi arroz de siempre, pero recuedo el tipico sabor de arroz de los restaurantes y nomas no me sale...
    Un abrazo!

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  4. Hola Silvia,

    Si con todo gusto la pongo esta semana.

    Saludos!

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  5. Hi Mely,
    It was a kind of beef dish and yes, the sauce was dark brown, spicy and a bit sour. If you know it, I'll be very happy.
    Thank you..

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  6. Gracias Mely!! Ya la quiero ver!!

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  7. loved this recipe! Very simple and easy ingredients for me to find in Bosnia. I am from California and have always tried to create new mexican dishes. It is very hard to find anything spicey here in Bosnia and for me I grew up on Mexican food and always crave it. Do you have any recipes for soup (Menudo)? Please help me so that I can have my mexican food fix:)

    Thanks
    Vanessa

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  8. Hello Vanessa,

    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Please send me your email to email you the recipe for menudo. You can write a comment with you email but I won't publish it for your privacy.

    Regards,

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  9. my hubby loves this food bless him he is the only one working i lost my income thanks for the recipes he deserves this and i will be cooking it for him real quick

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  10. Hello Anonymous,

    These for sure are hard times for a lot of families. I will be praying for yours.

    Take care and keep strong.

    Mely

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  11. Tengo una pregunta acerca de las enchiladas suizas, como le hacen para que la tortilla no se rompa, he hecho esta receta y me quedaron con chilaquiles :(. Gracias. Mary

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  12. Hola Mary,

    Las calidad de las tortillas es algo bien importante para hacer ciertos platillos. SI vives en Estados Unidos encontramos unas tortillas muy quebradizas y que facilmente se deshacen al contacto con la salsa. O algunas que absorben mucho aceite como me paso con unas que compre para tostadas, parecian esponjas. :)

    No se en que parte vivas pero si puedes conseguir la marca de tortillas "mission" pueba con ellas. Ahora dejalas dorar un poquito en el aceite pero que aun esten plegadizas, de esta manera son mas resistentes a la humedad de la salsa y no se te quebraran tan facilmente.

    Espero a la proxima tengas mas suerte con las tortillas.
    Saludos y muchas gracias por visitar el blog.

    Mely

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  13. Mely no había visto esta entrada! Se me antoja tanto que voy a cocinar esto hoy! Te dejo enlace a mi receta de bistec ranchero

    BISTEC RANCHERO

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  14. i'm gonna cook this dominican style with bell peppers instead of the serranos and add a lil bit of oregano.

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    1. That sounds really interesting, I will have to find about the dominican recipe.
      Thanks for stopping by.

      Mely

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  15. Mely: I made this yesterday and it turned out awesome! My husband has not stopped talking about it! In fact he ate it for both lunch and dinner. And let me tell you this man is picky so if he enjoyed it that's saying something.

    He is Mexican and I am American. We are currently living in Mexico but, believe it or not, it's difficult to find good Mexican dishes over here. We only have Street Food (Gorditas, Quesadillas, etc), Cocina Economicas or a few fancy places, but nothing resembling a good family restaurant like we have in the states. I actually prefer to eat in and am trying to learn to cook all the foods my husband grew up on. So thank you very much for this and I can not wait to try more of your recipes.

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  16. Mely: I made this yesterday and it turned out awesome! My husband has not stopped talking about it. In fact he ate it for both lunch and dinner. And let me tell you that man is picky so if he enjoys it that's really saying something.

    He is Mexican and I am American. We are currently living in Mexico (near Iguala, GRO). Believe it or not it's difficult to find good Mexican dishes over here. We have Street Food (Gorditas, Quesdillas, etc), Cocina Economicas, & a few fancy places, but nothing resembling a good family restaurant like we have in the States. I actually prefer to eat in and am trying to learn to cook all of the foods my husband grew up on. So thank you for this and I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

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    1. Hello Ginny,

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. It is so nice to know this recipe was well accepted by your husband. when growing up, my mom sometimes will add vegetables to this dish to make us, picky eaters kids, have some vegetables. She used to add chayotes, zucchini or carrots. Just giving you an idea.

      Again thank you and happy cooking!

      Mely

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  17. Hi Mely!

    I would love to try this tonight. It looks delicious! Just a question on the process though. When we cook tenderloin or sirloin sliced thinly (usually just takes a couple of minutes to cook, like steaks) for more than 5 minutes, it easily becomes tough or chewy instead of tender. In this recipe, it's about 22 minutes after adding the beef. My husband is quite picky about "overcooked" beef and likes it cooked "just right". I'm afraid it'll make the beef tougher again if I cook it that long. Any advice? Is it the type of meat? Or cooking process? I have sirloin in the freezer now. Can I use that instead?

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    1. Hello Nikki,

      Sorry for the late reply, I guess we are in different time zones :) You're right, when cooking with tenderloin or rib eye, the cooking times are shorter. We use grass-fed and it usually takes longer compared to commercially sold meats. Reduce the meat's cooking time to 4 minutes then add the rest of the ingredients as listed, reducing the total cooking time to 15 minutes.
      And yes, you can use other types of meat. Most of the cooking time after adding the meat is at a low temperature, to gently simmer the sauce and have a tender meat.

      Thanks for visiting and happy cooking,

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  18. C. Lozano-De La RosaOctober 31, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Mely, estoy aprendiendo a cocinar para mi solamente debido al fallecimiento de mi esposa hace casi un año. Quisiera agradecer tu guia culinaria pues un reflejo de mi alimentacion durante mis años mozos. La facilidad con que presentas la elaboracion de los platillos es unica e increible. Gracias por todo!!

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