Like many dishes from my childhood, salpicon wasn’t one of my favorites. I really don’t know what it was that I didn’t like. Maybe the cold shredded beef, the raw onion or the radish. Whatever it was I realized two days ago that I didn’t have a real reason to dislike this cold beef salad. A couple of months ago I tried deer salpicon at Azul Condesa and I liked it so much that I decided to make my own beef salpicon. It wasn’t until this week that I had the time and motivation to make it. It’s really easy to make and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Salpicon makes a great summer Mexican salad.

Salpicon tostadas

Beef Salpicon
Recipe type: Main
  • •1 lb beef brisket, fully trimmed and thinly cut
  • •olive oil
  • •salt and pepper to taste
  • •2 garlic cloves, minced
  • •fresh rosemary and basil
  • •butter or romaine lettuce leaves
  • •2 roma tomatoes, cut in wedges
  • •1/2 white onion, sliced
  • •2 or 3 radishes, sliced
  • •1 serrano or jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • •fresh cilantro
  • •1 avocado, cut in wedges
  • •refried beans and tostadas (optional)
  • **For the Dressing:
  • •2 TBSP olive oil
  • •juice of 2 limes
  • •fresh basil, rosemary and parsley
  • •pinch of salt
  1. Mix some olive oil (about 1 TBSP) with salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary and basil. Rub it all over the brisket and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, overnight preferably.
  2. Warm up some oil in a large heavy skillet and fry the beef. When it starts to brown reduce heat, add a little bit of water, about ¼ cup, and cover. Let it cook for about 25 minutes.
  3. Refrigerate for about 2 hours before shredding it.
  4. Mix all the dressing ingredients.
  5. In a big bowl mix the shredded beef, tomato, onion, radish, pepper and cilantro with the dressing.
  6. Serve over lettuce leaves on a platter and arrange avocado wedges on top.
  7. You can serve the salpicon as a salad, side dish or over tostadas spread with refried beans.


Salpicon tostadas

¡Buen provecho!


  • Great post, great recipe. I love salpicon, but like you came to it after a time. My first exposure to it just didn't "take," Now I love it.

  • Sounds very exotic Ben. Just to pronounce it already made my mouth water.

  • Makes my mouth water — Its perfect for a little fiesta at the park.

  • Que rico estan los salpicones!! Tengo la boca aguada. Gracias Ben por compartir estas ricuras.


  • This looks amazing!

  • I think that sounds lovely. I wonder what put you off it as a kid?

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