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Alambre with corn tortillas
CourseMain course
Place of originMexico
Serving temperaturewarm
Main ingredientsMeat (usually beef), chopped bacon, bell pepper, onion, cheese
VariationsChorizo, ham

Alambre (Spanish: [aˈlambɾe] ) is a Mexican dish consisting of one's choice of meat—popular choices include grilled beef, al pastor, chicken, and shrimp—topped with chopped bacon, bell peppers, onions, cheese, salsa, and in some variations, avocado.[1][2] It is usually served with freshly made corn or flour tortillas.[1] The most common ingredient is beef, and other kinds of meat such as chicken or pork are also used.[3] Some recipes even substitute chopped ham or chorizo instead of the bacon.[2] Alambres are popular in many parts of Mexico and among Mexican-American populations across the United States.


Alambres barbecued on skewers

The word alambre literally means "wire" in Spanish. It is commonly believed that the name refers to the act of skewering the ingredients while cooking, although this is not always what is done.[2][4]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Culinary Dictionary". Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Alambres: Mexican Shish Kebabs". Archived from the original on September 27, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "Eat Your World Alambre". Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  4. ^ "Taqueria Glossary". Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2013.