Mmmm… Pique Macho!

We’ve really been enjoying the food in Bolivia and want to share some of it with you! Each region of Bolivia has its own speciality and one of Cochabamba’s special dishes is Pique Macho. It’s a great dish for a party and kids love it… (it’s got all the major food groups – meat, French fries, and ketchup!)

The dish gets its name from the hot peppers that are part of the recipe. Guys will put tons of peppers on their pique and try to out-eat their friends, hence the macho part of the name.

My friend, Nelvia, taught me one recipe, and I’ve since learned another, more traditional way to prepare the meat. Both options are listed below – just use the one you prefer!


Pique Macho

(serves 4-5)

Nelvia’s Recipe
1-1 1/2 pounds beef, sliced/cubed
4 hot dogs, sliced crosswise
1 small onion
1 tomato, peeled
1 carrot, peeled
few cloves garlic
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy sauce
Traditional Recipe
1-1 1/2 pounds beef, sliced/cubed
4 hot dogs, sliced crosswise
few cloves garlic
1/4 – 1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 – 1 can beer

For both recipes
French Fries (4-5 servings)
3-4 hard boiled eggs, sliced
tomatoes, red and green peppers, onions – all sliced
ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise
hot peppers, sliced – optional


Preparation:

Nelvia’s Recipe

Brown the beef in a saucepan. Meanwhile, chop the small onion, tomato, and carrot into large pieces and fry in oil with garlic cloves for about 5 minutes. Then blend with soy sauce until smooth. Add sauce and sliced hot dogs to meat in pan, cook until the hot dogs are hot (a few minutes) and remove from heat. Salt to taste.

Cook french fries.

To serve, pile the french fries on a large plate. Place meat on top of fries, then add sliced tomatoes, red and green peppers, onions, hard boiled eggs, and hot peppers. Garnish with lines of ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise.

Traditional Recipe

Brown the beef in a saucepan, add minced garlic cloves. When meat is brown, add soy sauce and beer; simmer until meat is tender. Add sliced hot dogs, cook until they are hot, and remove from heat. Salt to taste. (We used reduced salt soy sauce and had to add quite a bit of salt.

Cook french fries.

To serve, pile the french fries on a large plate. Place meat on top of fries, then add sliced tomatoes, red and green peppers, onions, hard boiled eggs, and hot peppers. Garnish with lines of ketchup, mustard, and mayonaise.


Another option for this meal is to serve “buffet style” – set out the meat, fries, veggies, and sauces and let everyone make their own Pique Macho.

Provecho!

(Spanish for bon appetit!)

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3 responses to “Mmmm… Pique Macho!”

  1. Ray and Marlene says :

    What kind of ketchup do you use?
    Are those chicken eggs?

  2. thenybergs says :

    Yep, it’s just regular ketchup and regular chicken eggs. Although if you wanted to use ostrich eggs, I suppose you could do that, too. :) Essentially, you can put on whatever you want, and leave off whatever you want – just personal preference.

  3. Ardin beech says :

    Hi guys, I grew up in Coch, so thanks for the recipe. I write a blog called mktales about growing up over there, if you’re interested. Thanks again!

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