Tocino de Chivo (Salted Goat Meat), a dish (and food preservation process) that was very popular in the pre-refrigeration days and added tons of flavors to one of our favorite meats.
Why we ❤️ it
This tocino de chivo (salted goat meat) is a recipe that has been passed in my family all the way from my great-grandmother.
Well before the internet existed, or people bought cookbooks, girls (and how sad it was nearly always girls), learned how to cook by their mom/grandma/aunt's sides from a very young age. Not only did girls assist in the kitchen, observing how mami did things, they learned about life and womanhood in between cooking lessons.
Tocino de chivo (salted goat meat).
This method of preparing meat infuses the tocino with flavor and changes its textures, so even after refrigeration came along people kept doing this. The method I use to dry the meat differs from the traditional (it used to be sun-dried), but the end result is nearly identical.
This awesome free recipe contains Amazon affiliate links, we receive a small commission from any purchase you make at no extra cost to you. Thanks!
Tocino de Chivo (Salted Goat Meat) Recipe
To preserve meat
To preserve meat
- Slice the goat meat as thinly as possible.
- Season with the remaining ingredients, mixing well, and let it rest overnight in the fridge.
- Remove the meat from the liquid that would have seeped out overnight. Pad dry with a paper towel.
- Heat oven to 200 ºF [93 ºC].
- Place the meat on a wire rack and dry in the oven until the meat is quite stiff and dry to the touch (it took me about 3 hours).
- Cool meat to room temperature and store in a sealed bag in the refrigerator for up to a month.
To de-salt meat
- Rinse meat in running water.
- Soak overnight in abundant water (about a gallon [3.8 lt]) in the refrigerator.
- Boil in the same water it soaked overnight until the meat is very tender. If you cook it in a pressure cooker it should take 20 minutes. In a conventional pot it should take about an hour, add water if it becomes necessary to maintain the same water level.
- Remove the meat from the water (reserve 1 ½ cup of this water).
- Cool to room temperature and shred the meat.
- Heat oil in a 2 quart pot [2 lt] over low heat.
- Add onions, cook and stir until onions become translucent.
- Add meat, cook and stir for a couple of minutes.
- Mix in tomatoes, garlic and oregano. Cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add tomato sauce and 1 ½ cup of water from boiling the meat.
- Cover and simmer for another five minutes.
- Taste and add salt to taste if you find it necessary (I did not).
- Serve with white rice and slices of avocado.
Tips and Notes
Nutritional information is calculated automatically based on ingredients listed. Please consult your doctor if you need precise nutrition information.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bon Appetit. The opinions and text are all mine.
Want to know how to build a successful restaurant? Check out BonAppetit.com's “Out of the Kitchen”, a glimpse into the inner workings of two successful restaurants. Meet the back of the house inner circle and see how face-to-face relationships keep customers coming back for more.
Published Jan 14, 2014, revised