Charro Beans

charro beans recipe

“Frijoles de Charro” translates into  “cowboy beans” and are the Mexican equivalent of Ranch style beans, but just like homemade Ranch style beans, they are many times better than canned Ranch-style beans and quite different. Characterized by lots of bacon and tomatoes, charro beans are rich enough to stand on their own, or rather, sit on […]

Carne Asada Tacos: How to Grill Like a Mexican, Part 1

Carne Asada Tacos: How to Grill Like a Mexican, Part 1

Carne Asada Tacos Video (scroll down for printable recipe card) One thing that our friend Carlos and I can always always talk about is food. We both love to eat and cook and learn about food, all kinds of food, from all around the world. Carlos is also a seasoned grill-master and pretty much always brings […]

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

My first ever remake! I’ve updated my fish tacos recipe slightly, jazzing up the slaw and adding a chipotle sauce to go on top. I also have moved away from tilapia and instead have been making these with cod or snapper. Any firm white or medium-bodied fish will work fine. (For a laugh, be sure […]

Churros

Churros

Churros are kind of the Spanish version of donuts. Taco Bell ripped them off with their Cinnamon Twists. The original Spanish churros were made with just flour and water (maybe some oil) dough but nowadays in Mexico, churro batter is enriched with eggs, butter and sugar. In chatting with my pal Hector about this, we […]

Breakfast Enchiladas

Breakfast Enchiladas

Last year, my pal Larry requested more Texas-style breakfast recipes. While I don’t claim to have ever had any type of “breakfast enchiladas” before I made them myself, that was the first idea that popped into my head when I read that request. It took several trials (not so many tribulations, because all the versions […]

Yuca Fritters with Aji Salsa

yucca fritters

These were inspired by a recipe called aji machucado (roughly translated to “bruised chile” I think) given to me by a friend in Colombia. A salsa is made with chunks of onion, tomato and chile aji all cooked down together, then served over mashed boiled yuca or plantain and topped with chopped boiled eggs. For […]

Guatemalan Tamales – Tamales Guatemaltecos

Guatemalan Tamales – Tamales Guatemaltecos

Part two in my Christmas Around the World series! Christmas in Guatemala, focus on: TAMALES! Guatemalan tamales are quite different from the Mexican tamales you may be more familiar with. These tamales are wrapped in banana leaves for one thing, which imparts a grassy floral scent, and they are two or three times larger than […]

Posole Verde — or Pozole Verde!

Posole Verde — or Pozole Verde!

Our dear friend Bruce (aka Great Stone Face) requested posole (sometimes spelled pozole) this season and I had to do it! Posole (or pozole?) is a Mexican pork and hominy stew. It’s simple and spicy and warms your tummy. Like many Mexican soups, posole is typically served with a myriad of garnishes that make up […]

Vegetarian Tacos

Vegetarian Tacos

Tempeh was one of my favorite proteins when I was vegetarian. It’s nutty, it’s chewy, it’s all around more interesting than tofu any day. It soaks up less oil when frying, it never needs to be pressed or frozen or coddled or massaged or flattered before you can cook it, and it’s kind of expensive. […]