Please pretend that there is a "tilde" on the n in Tampiquena. I can't figure out how to get it to type on this post. But you should know that the word is pronounced "tampeekaynya" and it means "like the women from Tampico make it". Which is really, really, good.
There is a long-closed restaurant in our town. Whenever its name is invoked, people who loved it get almost teary. We miss the homey, dignified ambience of the old building right by the bend of the Rio Grande, we miss Manuel and Carlos and Jesus, who worked there when we were babies and when we took our babies. I've run into those guys, in hospital elevators and in the line at Home Depot, and they ask about my folks. And my children. God bless them.
This was my favorite dish. It's so wonderful because it's just beef and some natural ingredients, a cena made with what they had on hand. Beautiful!
You start with thin little steaks. Round steaks, sirloin steaks, it really doesn't matter too much. Just as long as it's beef. And very thin.
Heat up your beef cooking pan and put some oil in it. Add the chile, onion, and let that brown up a little, then add tomato, oregano, garlic powder (a tiny bit, this isn't Italian) and let that cook a while, then add beef or chicken broth or stock, or, if you've really browned the pan well, just plain old water.. I like the stock (from a store) best, but you don't have to have it.
Steak a Tampiquena, a La Hacienda
Round steak, eye of round, or any thin beef steak.
Roasted, peeled and cleaned green chiles
canned tomatoes (SanBenito Whole Peeled)