Chilean Stew (Salpicon)

by irene on August 31, 2004

In honor of the wine that I chose for the inaugural World Wide Wine Blogging Wednesday (which I’ll post about tomorrow), I seached high and low for a recipe with Chilean origins. There were your standard empanadas everywhere, which I’ll try on a cold, wintery Sunday. But it was a nice day and I had a refrigerator full of CSA Produce to use.

I found an interesting recipe for a sort of Chilean Summer Stew. I know that sounds funny, but that’s really what it reminded me of. So with minor modifications, that’s what I threw together.


See the recipe below.


1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 lb flank steak
2 lbs potatoes, scrubbed and cut into bite sized chunks
1 cup corn kernels
1 large avocado, peeled, pitted, chopped
6 radishes, thinly sliced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 tomato, chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
4 dashes Tabasco sauce, to taste

Mix the garlic, chili powder, 1 tablespoon of the lime juice, the cumin, and salt until combined. Massage this mixture into both sides of the flank steak. Cover and refrigerate the meat for at least 2 hours.

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes. Drain and cool.

Grill flank steak to desired doneness. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let stand for 5 minutes. Cut it in half, then slice each piece into thin strips against the grain.

Mix potatoes, corn, avocado, radishes, tomato and scallions in a large bowl. Add cilantro, olive oil, salt, pepper and tabasco sauce. Add sliced steak.

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claudine September 3, 2004 at 12:05 am

i love the fact that it seems to be more of a salad rather than a “stew.” …and of virtually all my favourite summertime things: corn, avocado, steak, tomatoes, cumin… mmmmmm…. ;)

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Irene September 5, 2004 at 9:07 am

You are absolutely right! It is very much a potato salad. Now why didn’t I realize that???

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