Main Dishes Salsas and Sauces — By Ben on 25 May 2010
Cecina Tacos with Nopales Salsa

Cecina and grilled nopales tacos

I am not a big fan of beef, but the few times I eat it is in the form of carne asada o cecina tacos. What is cecina? Don Cuevas of My Mexican Kitchen answers this question:

Cecina is thinly sliced, salted and partially dried sheets or strips of beef or pork. The technique for making it requires an extremely sharp knife and considerable skill and patience. A largish piece of boneless beef of beef is turned into a continuous roll of thin slices by deft cutting, back and forth, within the mass of muscle.

I don’t have the patience or the skills to make it, but when I am in the mood for some delicious cecina tacos I get it already prepared at the Mexican market. All I have to do is grill it and serve it with some delicious salsa. And my favorite salsa for cecina is made with nopales. I’ve posted a nopal salsa recipe before, but this time instead of boiling them I grilled them and the result was an amazing salsa that I will be making several times this summer.

Cecina and grilled nopales tacos

Grilled Nopal Salsa
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
 
Ingredients
  • •2 nopales, cleaned
  • •1/2 red onion, sliced
  • •2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • •the juice of 2 limes
  • •bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • •salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Grill the nopales at high temperature for about 4 minutes each side or until they are cooked. They will change color from a bright green to a brownish green.
  2. Carefully cut them in bite size pieces and mix them with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Refrigerate for a couple of hours before using.
  4. Serve over cecina, carne asada or any other kind of taco. Remember that real tacos are made with corn tortillas.

Cecina and grilled nopales tacos

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(21) Readers Comments

  1. Thank you for this–I can't wait to try grilling nopales! Your salsa sounds fantastic. Pretty tacos too!

  2. I heard about how good the nopales are, but I have never tried them. I have a tree of nopal in my farm, I would take your word for it and cook some soon. The Carne Asada taco looks delicious.

  3. This looks so delicious, wish I can try some.

  4. Oh, I'll have to check & see if the Mexican butcher in town has this kind of beef.

  5. I wish I could just taste a bit….looks so tempting!

  6. I will keep my eyes open Ben:D

  7. Great tacos. Mmmhhh, I love that food! a pity I can't find nopales here…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  8. Ben this looks sensational. loving the shot!

  9. I never heard the term "cecina". It sounds very interesting but I doubt I'd have the patience (and skill) required.

  10. These tacos look great, Ben. I had never heard of cecina or nopales until this post, Love learning new food terminology!

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