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Beef liver and onions in a decorative Mexican plate next to a fork and limes.
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5 from 3 votes

Higado Encebollado

Higado Encebollado (or Beef Liver and Onions) is a tasty and quick meal that is the real deal. This organ meat just can’t beat.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 45kcal



  • Heat olive oil in a large pan. 
  • Add the sliced liver. 
  • Season with bouillon and pepper. 
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes. Stir occasionally. 
  • Add the onion and garlic. 
  • Make a slit in the center of the jalapeno and add to the pan. 
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes, or until onion is cooked down. 
  • Add the ½ cup water. 
  • Cook for another 5 minutes. 
  • Serve with refried beans and tortillas. 


If you like it spicier, add diced jalapeno to the pan instead. 
You can also use serrano pepper instead of a jalapeno. 
Swap it out: Instead of bouillon, you can use salt. Instead of water, you can use beef broth and omit the bouillon. 


Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg