Chris Cosentino's Beef Heart Tartare - Puttanesca Style Recipe

Chris Cosentino's Beef Hear Tartare
Photo courtesy of Harold McGee


  • 1 beef heart (approximately 4-5 pounds), trimmed of sinew and gristle
  • 2 teaspoons salted capers (preferably small ones), rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, finely diced
  • 2 Serrano peppers sliced into very thin rings
  • 2 tablespoons pitted San Remo olives
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
  • 15 ripe cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons fresh basil, julienned
  • 4 teaspoons fresh mint, julienned
  • Maldon sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Garlic chips 
  • Crostini (thinly-sliced and toasted bread, usually brushed with olive oil)

When Chris Cosentino of San Francisco’s Incanto needs a go-to recipe, he looks to beef heart. “I really like the flavor and texture of heart. I find it to have a really deep and complex flavor that lends itself to many different cooking techniques.” Here he combines it with San Remo olives in a twist on the classic Italian pasta dish. (Your local butcher shop should be able to provide you with beef heart upon request.) — Arthur Bovino 


First cut the heart into pieces that are small enough to put through the meat grinder set on a medium dice. (A KitchenAid grinder attachment is perfect). If you don’t have a grinder, then hand-cut the heart into ¼-inch pieces. 

In a mixing bowl, combine the heart with the capers, red onion, Serranos, olives, lemon zest, and tomatoes. Gently mix, being careful not to break up the tomatoes. Add a splash of olive oil, vinegar, and herbs, mixing well. Season with salt and pepper. (You’re looking for a nice balance between the meat, garnish and heat from the chiles).

To assemble the dish, divide the mixture onto 8 cold serving plates and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Then sprinkle with the crispy garlic chips and serve with the crostini.


Calories per serving:

402 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 117g 180%
  • Carbs 129g 43%
  • Saturated 34g 170%
  • Fiber 15g 60%
  • Trans 4g
  • Sugars 22g
  • Monounsaturated 46g
  • Polyunsaturated 18g
  • Protein 390g 779%
  • Cholesterol 2,531mg 844%
  • Sodium 5,024mg 209%
  • Calcium 514mg 51%
  • Magnesium 576mg 144%
  • Potassium 7,054mg 202%
  • Iron 98mg 545%
  • Zinc 38mg 254%
  • Phosphorus 4,754mg 679%
  • Vitamin A 144µg 16%
  • Vitamin C 101mg 168%
  • Thiamin (B1) 6mg 395%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 19mg 1,127%
  • Niacin (B3) 169mg 843%
  • Vitamin B6 6mg 321%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 308µg 77%
  • Vitamin B12 175µg 2,909%
  • Vitamin E 11mg 54%
  • Vitamin K 69µg 86%
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