Totopos with Beef and Jalapeno Cilantro Sauce: A Delicious and Easy Mexican Snack Recipe to Make at Home

Totopos with Beef and Jalapeno Cilantro Sauce: A Delicious and Easy Mexican Snack Recipe to Make at Home

Totopos with Beef and Jalapeno Cilantro Sauce

Totopos are a traditional Mexican snack, made with fresh tortillas and topped with your favorite ingredients. The base is a simple beef filling, which can be served alone or in combination with other toppings like beans or cheese.

This recipe calls for jalapeno cilantro sauce--a delicious blend of spicy peppers, fresh herbs, and garlic that adds an extra kick to your totopos!


  • 1 pound ground beef (or venison)

  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder

  • 2 tablespoons onion, chopped finely (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped finely (optional)

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then add the beef and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes total (you may need to do this in batches). Remove from pan and set aside.

  2. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add onion, garlic, and jalapenos; cook until soft but not browned (about 3 minutes). Add cilantro leaves; stir constantly until fragrant (about 1 minute). Stir in salsa verde sauce and simmer for 2 minutes longer before returning the cooked beef back into the pan along with any accumulated juices from the plate where it was resting while you were cooking other ingredients above - stir well so everything gets mixed together nicely!

  3. an If using fresh corn tortillas instead of store-bought ones: now would be a good time too! Place them directly onto the burner turned on high heat just long enough so that they begin charring slightly around the edges without burning completely through yet - maybe 30 seconds tops :)

  4.  After adding these ingredients to the mixture mix well together again so everything gets evenly distributed throughout the dish without leaving any chunks behind because nobody likes eating those ugly little things, do we?


  • Preheat oven to 350F.

  • Place all your totopo ingredients onto a baking sheet and toss them with olive oil.

  • Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown on top and bottom, flipping halfway through cooking time if needed.

Health Benefits

The totopos are a great source of fiber, which is essential for digestion and good health. Beef is an excellent source of protein, which helps build muscle and repair tissues. The jalapenos contain capsaicin which increases metabolism, reduces appetite, and helps burn fat.

Creative Ideas

  • Try topping them with shredded chicken or pork carnitas.

  • Add some extra spice by sprinkling on some jalapenos or cilantro leaves before baking in the oven.

  • Serve with salsa verde or any other sauce you like best!

Tools and Materials

  • Chef's knife

  • Cutting board (wood or plastic)

  • Large pot for boiling water. This can be a stockpot, but if you don't have one, just use any large pot with a strainer insert. The strainer will help keep the totopos from falling through the holes in your colander when draining them later.

  • Small bowl for mixing ingredients and another larger bowl to hold the cooked totopos

Diverse Perspectives

  • Consider and include diverse perspectives on the dish.

  • For example, you might consider its cultural significance or any environmental implications.

  • Include any relevant sources to support your claims


The Totopos with Beef and Jalapeno Cilantro Sauce is a delicious dish that you can make at home. The recipe is easy to follow, and it will only take you about 30 minutes to prepare.
The main ingredients are:

  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey)

  • 1 onion chopped finely

  • 2 jalapenos seeded and minced (or more if desired)

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Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions, jalapenos, and garlic; cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add beef to the pot; cook until browned on all sides, about 6 minutes total (you may need to do this in batches). Drain excess fat from the pan if necessary before adding the next batch of meat or vegetables.

Stir in cumin, oregano, and chili powder; cook for 1 minute more until fragrant then add tomato paste mixture along with black beans and chicken stock (or water). Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat so that it simmers gently for 15 minutes uncovered while stirring occasionally so nothing sticks at the bottom of the pot