1 Beef heart; about 4 pounds
3 lg Cloves garlic; peeled
1 1/2 tb Coarse salt
1/8 ts Freshly ground black pepper
2 ts Ground cumin
3 Dry red chili peppers seeded
1 Dry ancho pepper; seeded
3/4 c Red wine vinegar
1/3 c Achiote oil
2 sl To 3 slices bacon; ( 2 oz)
8 8" to 10" bamboo skewers
Trim any fat from the heat and remove veins and membranes. Cut into 24
cubes. Place in a bowl and set aside.
With a mortar and pestle pound the garlic and salt to a paste. Add the
pepper and cumin and continue pounding. Set aside.
Place the seeded red chili and ancho peppers in a bowl, add the vinegar,
and let soak for about 10 minutes, or until the peppers are soft.
Place the softened peppers with the vinegar in a blender and puree until
liquid. Add this mixture to the garlic paste and stir thoroughly. Allow to
sit for 10 minutes. Add the Achiote Oil and pour the mixture over the cubed
meat, stirring to coat all the pieces. Let marinate, covered, at room
temperature for 6 to 8 hours, or in the refrigerator overnight.
Thread 3 pieces of the marinated cubes of beef heat on each of the 8
skewers, reserving the marinade, and set aside.
There are two ways of cooking the beef hearts. Both methods require quick
1. If barbecuing or broiling, heat 1/4 cup of the reserved marinade with 2
or 3 strips of the bacon in a saucepan over medium heat until all the
liquid has evaporated and only the Achiote Oil and the fat from the bacon
remain. Discard the bacon or reserve for another use. Brush the skewered
meat cubes wih the flavored oil from the saucepan and barbecue them over a
light layer of coals in a charcoal broiler (the coals should be burned
until white ash has appeared on the surface). Or broil them in a preheated
broiler (about 3 inches from the heat source) for 1 to 2 minutes on one
side. Brush the beef cubes again with the flavored oil, turn the skewers,
and broil for another minute or two.
2. If using a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, heat 1/4 cup of the reserved
marinade, add the bacon, and cook until the bacon is golden. Discard the
bacon or reserve for another use. Place the skewered meat cubes in the pan
and cook over high heat, while turning them, until the meat is seared on
the outside but remains medium rare on the inside. This will take about 5
minutes. Serve the anticuchos hot.
Source: Christmas Memories with Recipes, Felipe Rojas-Lombardi
Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #1066 by "M. Hicks"
on Jan 31, 1998