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
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
  • •2 nopales, cleaned
  • •1/2 red onion, sliced
  • •2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • •the juice of 2 limes
  • •bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • •salt to taste
  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!


  • OMG that looks so good. I'm going to have to find a Mexican market in my area that sells fresh nopales so I can give this recipe a go.

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