Black Bean & Mushroom Chile Rellenos

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Chile Rellenos are about traditional as Mexican cooking gets. Who knew stuffed peppers could be, not only delicious, but filling as well. Spicy. Saucy. Cheesy. What is not to like about them? There are many variations as to how to make chile rellenos and what to stuff them with but most recipes call for roasting the peppers, to bring out the most flavor, and using some sort of cheese. This recipes calls for earthy flavors, like black beans and mushrooms, and sweet onions to balance it out. A generous sprinkling of creamy cheese finishes the peppers off. Add a tangy tomato sauce to the plate and goodness has been reached. Yum, yum. Continue reading

Spicy Tofu Gorditas

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Gorditas, the Mexican brother of Salvadorian Pupusas, are pretty easy to make and can be enjoyed anytime of the day. Fillings for gorditas differ and there are definitely no set rules as to what you can use to fill these little corn pockets of joy. For this recipe I have marinated tofu in a spicy tomato sauce then sautéed with onions and peppers to create a great filling. The warm, steamy pockets get filled to the brim with the tofu filling and topped with cheese and lettuce. So simple yet so delicious Continue reading

I Want to be a Jarritos de Tamarindo (Tamarind Soda)

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Agua de Tamarindo is a favorite drink in Mexico. Tamarind offers this amazing blend of sweet and sour so how can it not be a fav? Tamarind pods may look a little funky but if there is ever a time to not judge a book by its cover, tamarind eating is the time. A little sweet, a little tart. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum.
So there are these brightly colored (neon) Mexican sodas named “Jarritos”. They usually come in tropical flavors like pineapple, mandarin and lime but my favorite happens to be tamarindo. I prefer it to just your regular agua de tamarindo because the carbonations cuts through the sweetness just right (and fizzy water always makes any drink better) creating a more refreshing drink. So why not make a faux Jarritos tamarind soda? Well, can’t think of a reason not to. So here we go: Continue reading

Pepino con Chile Paletas (Cucumber & Chile Popsicles)

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Paletas are a gift from the heavens. Nothing is better on a warm day (but let me tell you they are not too shabby on a cold day either). Paletas are made using either a milk or water base, fruit and sweetener. Just like that. It really could not be any easier. Mix everything together, pop in the freezer and a few hours later you have an amazing treat. Continue reading

Cuban Black Bean Soup

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Quick and easy is always good. Quick, easy and incredibly delicious is just amazing. This soup is so easy to create and the addition of the spices gives it complexity not always associated with quick cooking recipes. This is the perfect soup for a cool crisp day. In less than 30 minutes a warm, robust soup is ready. Serve with some bread or rice and you have a meal on your hands. Continue reading

Huaraches

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Huaraches are a Mexican specialty that is easy to make and really delicious. A perfect combo. So huaraches are super easy to assemble. It is all in the prep work. Lots of chopping and heating up but once that is done you are good to go. These bad boys are named huaraches, or sandals, for the huarache-shaped oblong the masa is shaped into. How cute is that? Continue reading

Mexican Capirotada

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Mexican style bread pudding, capirotada, consists of a mixture of veggies and fruits such as onions, tomatoes, apples and raisins on top of stale bread, nuts and cheeses. It is a staple during lent. The day old bread is moistened with a simple syrup infused with several warm spices. Capirotada is a balance of sweet and savory; although this recipe lends more to the sweet side. For this recipe I used apples and apricots and a bit of mild Monterrey jack cheese in order to keep it more on the sweet side (that’s how I like it) but some recipes involve sharper flavors like onions and cotija cheese. The ingredients are up to you. I am sure there is no way to ruin bread pudding! Continue reading

Vegan Fideo Seco

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Fideo Seco is the not-so-famous cousin of Sopa de Fideo, or vermicelli soup. Fideo Seco has virtually the same flavor profile as the soup version but is normally a side dish rather than an actual soup. The end result creamy, almost risotto like, noodles bathed in spicy tomatoness, intermingled with tons of veggies. Continue reading

Brussel Sprouts and White Bean Tacos

finalI first had brussel sprouts a little over a year ago. I did not know what I was missing out on. They have become one of my favorite veggies. Thank you to whoever decided to bring them puppies to the forefront. Since then I have tried to incorporate them into lots of tasty dishes. Who knew those little gems are bursting with so much flavor? I love the robust earthy goodness the wonderful brussel sprout brings to the table so why not make tacos with them. So easy to create and even easier to devour. Continue reading