After so many recipes, you get to a point where you have some really stand out favorites! Cecina de Res(chile marinated beef) is one of those for me. And not just to enjoy the beef, but to exlpore and test out the recado or adobo (chile marinade) on other cuts of meat or seafood. For today’s blog post, I did prepare some beef. Instead of grilling it or drying it, as before, I simply cooked it on the comal or metal griddle on the stove top. I chopped it up small and kept it in the refrigerator for quick lunches or dinner. We enjoyed it for a few days(only 2 of us) and even added it to scrambled eggs with the last bit of it. Tasty! I also used some of the recado(marinade) on chicken as well as shrimp. We loved both, especially the shrimp!
This was my original recipe for Beef Cecina. Click onto picture above to see full recipe for cecina recado(marinade) right on site.
Cecina de Res A La Plancha: After I cook it, I like to chop it small before storing it. Makes for easy and quick lunches or dinners. Tacos!
Cecina de Res a La Plancha: 2 pounds beef milanesa steak marinated in 1/2 of the recado prepared for 24 to 48 hours. Bring to room temperature before cooking. Sear and cook on preheated comal, plancha or stove top grill pan for about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
Tacos de Cecina: A favorite way to serve these besides the usual cilantro, onion and lime is with a quick pickled pepper and onion mix. Saute your favorite sweet and hot peppers with sliced onions for 5 minutes. Add some Mexican oregano, splash of vinegar, salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
Tacos de Cecina: Served with sauteed onions, cilantro and a fresh chile serrano salsa.
Fresh Serrano Salsa: 6 large serrano peppers, sliced, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup oil(grapeseed), 1 teaspoon oregano, pinch of cumin, salt to taste. Blend all together!
Cecina de Pollo-Chicken Cecina Tostadas: 1 large boneless chicken breast, sliced thin into 2 pieces. Pound out slightly. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with 1/3 cup of cecina recado(marinade) and chill overnight. Grill or sear for 5 minutes per side at medium heat. Slice or chop for tacos or tostadas.
Cecina de Pollo-Chicken Cecina Tostada~ Top with avocado, cilantro, onion, lime and your favorite hot sauce.
Chile Marinated Shrimp-The cecina marinade was so tasty on this jumbo shrimp! We enjoyed this as an appetizer during our long day of smoking the brisket. Lightly season 8 clean jumbo shrimp with salt and pepper. Cover with a couple of tablespoons of cecina marinade and chill for an hour. Grill at medium/high heat for 5 to 7 minutes, turning as needed. These were extra thick in spots, so make sure you rotate them for more even cooking. Garnish with sliced serrano, cilantro, lemon and chile limon seasoning.
I cannot wait to prepare more of these. I still have some marinade left,,,just enough!