This meat salad is one of the coziest homemade meals of Honduras. Although it's true that there are different versions in other countries, they don't compare to the salpicón of this inviting Central American country, where salpicón has a special flavor that is both simple and delicioso. Salpicón is always garnished with rice and tortillas, but you can also serve it with just one or the other. This Honduran recipe is prepared with culantro de pata, which is a variety of culantro with large leaves that grow from the root. This variety is often used in Nicaragua as well, and although you might not believe it, it grows in the Peruvian Amazon jungle where it's called sachaculantro. Incredible, right?
Stewing the meat is a long and slow process and it's what takes the most time in the preparation of this traditional dish. Once the beef is tender, the rest of the dish is ready in minutes. If you cook the beef in a pressure cooker, the cooking time is shortened considerably and you'll have lunch ready in less time. Refrigerate to serve the salad cold, although it's best when served at room temperature. Another point in favor of this Honduran recipe is that it really is quite sano for most diets. And if you pair it with steamed vegetables instead of rice and tortillas, it's a light dish that will fill you for hours and give you energy. What are you waiting for to get started?