Puntas De Filete a La Nortena

"Translation: Beef Fillet, Northern Style. This authentic, regional Mexican dish is made fiery with the use of green serrano chiles. Make sure you have a nice cold Mexican beer standing by!"
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Ready In:
2hrs 10mins




  • Prepare sauce: Heat large heavy skillet over medium-high heat for 6 minutes. Add butter and oil. Stir in onions and chiles. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are golden, about 15 minutes. Add tomatoes and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Heat, stirring occasionally, to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens and fat rises to surface, about 30 minutes. Skim off fat.
  • Prepare beef: Heat large heavy skillet over medium-high heat 15 minutes. Add bacon and fry until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Add oil to skillet. Stir in onion and saute until light brown, about 5 minutes. Add beef and brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Remove beef and keep warm.
  • Add sauce to onion in skillet. Stir in bacon. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes.
  • To serve, divide beef among serving plates or place on platter, top with sauce, and sprinkle with jalapenos and cilantro. Serve with ot flour or corn tortillas.

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  1. Very good! I halved the recipe, and also used Adobo seasoning to flavor the beef a bit before frying. The sauce had a really unique flavor from the bacon and caramelized onions, and it was not overly spicy. This definitely isn't a typical, Americanized Mexican dish. I served the meat as tacos in corn tortillas, and topped with queso fresco, fresh guacamole, and lime juice. The next day, I had the leftovers over beans & rice and topped with cotija cheese and pico de gallo. Very, very good both ways.
  2. Loved this! I roughly quartered the recipe (DH and I really didn't need 16 servings of anything sitting in the fridge, lol). I used flap meat for the beef, and I omitted the bacon because I didn't have any, but I tried to make up for the missing bacon by seasoning the beef with some hickory bacon salt (and a bit of Adobo seasoning, but that had nothing to do with the bacon flavor). I chopped the onion and the serranos rather than slice them, because DH won't eat the veggies if they're cut in "too big" pieces. There were still distinct pieces of the chiles, tomatoes and onions in the cooked sauce, but they were small and very soft, and most of the tomato had broken down into a liquid (a good thing, because that's how DH prefers it :) ) . I didn't seed my 4 serranos because I don't usually, and we don't mind the little bit of extra heat, either. This was spicy, but not searingly so. I served this with cheesy pinto beans (refried pintos mixed with a packaged blend of queso quesadilla, queso asadero, queso gallego, queso anejo enchilado and manchego) and sliced avocado on the side. I also sprinkled some grated cotija and chopped cilantro over the meat. We ate this with lots of warm corn tortillas, too. We'll definitely be having this again! Thanks for posting! Made for ZWT5 Family Picks


I didn't start cooking until my early 20's, even though I come from a family of accomplished and admired home cooks. While I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen, I remained uninterested in trying anything on my own. As a young lady, I was known for being particularly ignorant in the kitchen, with no idea how to even make a hot dog! All this changed, however, when I got engaged. I realized it was time to let my inherent talents out of the bag. At the time, the New York Times had a weekly column called The 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey. Each week, I would follow these recipes diligently, and taught myself to cook that way. From there, I began to read cookbooks and consult with relatives on family recipes. At my ripe old age now, I feel I know enough to put together a very pleasing meal and have become accomplished in my own right. Having an Irish father and an Italian mother, I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene (and the drinking one too!). One thing I have learned is that simpler is always better! I always believe cooking fills a need to nurture and show love. After being widowed fairly young and living alone with my dog and cats, I stopped cooking for awhile, since I really had no one to cook for. I made care packages for my grown son occasionally, and like to cook weekly for my boyfriend, so I feel like I am truly back in the saddle!!
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