Milanesa! Beef, chicken and pork can be used for this delicious recipe. In my family, cracker meal was traditionally used to bread the thin sliced beef, but breadcrumbs work well too. Many plated milanesa you see are oversized and take up the whole plate! I like to slice them into smaller sections. This makes them more manageable when breading and frying. Mom would prepare beef milanesa for 10! Imagine that! A simple fresh salad as you see pictured and fried russet potatoes were always served with the milanesa de res in our house.
Most times the fried potatoes would be in the form of large wedges. Mom would boil the potatoes ahead of time and let them cool. She then would simply sliced into quarters and fry them once the steaks were done. Easy side! And most times the salad would be dressed with fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper. Don’t forget the corn tortillas! A taco with a spicy salsa garnish is delicious!!
After cooking the beef milanesa, fry some chile serrano or jalapeño for some chiles torreados! Fried serranos are often served on the side with many traditional mexican dishes.
Milanesa de Res(Beef Milanesa)
Take a simple thin beef steak and make is even more delicious with this milanesa de res recipe! Enjoy with a side of rice, beans, salad, salsa and tortillas! Even better, serve it in a cemita-style roll with all the garnishes!
- For Seasoned Cracker Meal
- 40 saltine crackers
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon chile ancho powder or guajillo
- 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon chile de arbol powder or cayenne pepper
You will also need
- 1 1/4 pounds thin milanesa-style steaks top round, 4 steaks
- All purpose flour for dredging steaks
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 large eggs lightly beaten
- 3 tablespoons of hot sauce
- Add the crackers to the food processor, along with the spices listed. Pulse, then process on high until you get a fine cracker meal. Transfer to a shallow dish, set aside.
- Season the beef lightly with salt and pepper and transfer to a plate until ready to use. In another shallow dish, lightly beat the eggs with the hot sauce.
Lightly dust the steaks with flour on each side. Dip the beef into the egg to cover, then coat with cracker meal using hands to gently press onto beef. Set aside for 10 minutes.
Preheat 1/2 cup of oil to medium heat for 5-6 minutes. Once oil is hot, fry one milanesa at a time for about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Try not to move it too much or the breading may come off. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels and cover loosely with foil paper to keep warm. Serve with a simple salad, fried potatoes of your, salsa and plenty of corn tortillas!
When I took these pictures, I did not dust the beef with flour as instructed. I think the breading stays on better by adding this step. Any thin sliced cut of meat will work for this recipe. Spicy breadcrumbs would work as well for the milanesa. Get creative and try some finely crushed corn tortilla chips or corn flakes!