Silpancho (Traditional Bolivian Meal)

"This is a Bolivian Dish that I learned from my good friend's mom. I am posting the entire meal since I think everything goes so well together. I have provided preparation steps below that you can do the day beforehand to help cut down on time spent cooking the day of. I recommend going to a latino market for the meat if possible. Tell them you want "carne por milanesas, mas suave" and it will be well worth it. I make Recipe #287183 with the leftover salsa the next day."
photo by Emily Elizabeth photo by Emily Elizabeth
photo by Emily Elizabeth
photo by Emily Elizabeth photo by Emily Elizabeth
Ready In:
1hr 30mins


  • Meat

  • 1 lb thin sliced soft beef
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs (estimated amt, use as needed)
  • adobo seasoning (with cumin, "con cumin")
  • vegetable oil
  • Rice

  • 3 cups uncooked white rice
  • 12 of a red pepper, diced
  • 14 cup diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 2 -3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • Salsa (topping for meat)

  • 2 vine-in plum tomatoes, seeded and diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 finely diced jalapeno
  • 13 cup finely diced red onion
  • Fried Sliced Potatoes

  • 6 medium yukon gold potatoes
  • vegetable oil
  • Fried Eggs

  • 8 eggs
  • vegetable oil



  • PREPARE POTATOES: Add whole peeled potatoes to boiling lightly salted water. Boil about 20-25 minutes or until fully cooked but still firm (overcooking will cause slicing thin to be more difficult). Put potatoes in the fridge to cool (this can be done the day before).
  • PREPARE RICE: Cook rice as directed (this can be done the day before). Dice a 1/2 red pepper and 1/4 cup red onion. Put in a container and add 1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro or 1 tsp dried cilantro. Store container in fridge until ready to fry rice (this can be done the day before).
  • PREPARE MEAT: Lightly dust both sides of meat with Adobo Seasoning Con Cumin (just tap it out, don't shake on).
  • Pour some of the bread crumbs onto a plate. Lay one slice of meat over the crumbs, sprinkle more bread crumbs on top and pound into meat using a meat mallet (or make a fist and pound with the side of your hand). Flip the meat over and sprinkle more bread crumbs on the other side if needed and pound again so that both sides are well covered in crumbs and meat is flattened out. Repeat on each slice of meat. Store in fridge until ready to cook (this can be done the day before).
  • PREPARE SALSA: Dice tomatoes, onions and jalapeños and mix together. Store in the fridge until ready to serve (this can be done the day before). (Time Saver: Use a food processor to chop onions and jalapeño and then stir hand diced tomatoes).

  • FRY RICE: Heat 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium heat in a large non-stick skillet. Add cooked rice and prepared red pepper, red onion & cilantro. Toss well. Add 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste) and Cook 10-15 minutes tossing frequently. Remove and keep warm in covered serving dish.
  • FRY POTATOES: While the rice is cooking, heat another skillet over moderately high heat and pour oil so that it covers the entire bottom and is about 1/8 deep. Slice cooled potatoes about 1/2" thick. Add slices one at a time until you have 1 layer on the bottom of the pan and there is space between each one. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil. Repeat with remaining potatoes. Cover and keep warm.
  • FRY MEAT: When rice is done, add about oil to emptied skillet so that it is about 1/4-1/2" deep and heat so that it is hot, but not smoking. Place a few slices of meat in skillet and cook about 1.5 minutes or until edges become golden brown and meat actually lifts up in the center. Flip and cook on other side about 1 minute or until cooked through. Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil. Repeat with remaining meat. Cover and keep warm.
  • FRY EGGS: (Begin this just before serving your meal) When the potatoes are done, use the same skillet for the eggs reducing heat to medium low. (TIP: Make sure skillet has cooled before adding eggs - you don't want them to cook too fast or the egg whites will become hard before the yolks are cooked). Add eggs individually so they remain separate and fry just until yolks are cooked, flipping once. Serve immediately.
  • PLATING THE FOOD: On each plate, serve about 2-3 pieces of meat topped with prepared salsa, about a cup of rice, 5 potato slices and 2 eggs (salted if desired).

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  1. Just like my Abuela makes it!


Growing up, my mom didn't keep any junk food in the house so if I wanted something sweet I had to find a way to make it (or go to a friend's house)! I loved looking through my mom's recipe books and trying to find recipes that I could make. I baked a lot of home made bread from Betty Crocker's Big Red Book, and every holiday, my mom and I would make pies together from scratch. I didn't actually get interested in cooking main courses until I got married and realized that I had to actually put dinner on the table every night. Just as I was starting to get the hang of it, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in May of 2007. This meant that I had to learn a whole new way of cooking - gluten free. I have accepted this as a new challenge and have fallen even more in love with cooking and baking. There is nothing like the feeling I get when I have success with creating a new recipe! My inspiration usually comes from a craving for something that I can't have because it is not gluten free. I immediately go back to my kitchen and learn how to make it myself! I also focus on creating recipes with all natural ingredients and avoiding artificial or added sugars.
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