Monday, January 23, 2017

Easy Nopales and Eggs recipe

Easy & Quick recipe with Nopales (cactus paddles)

This is one of the easiest ways to prepare Nopales (cactus paddles). For some reason, my mom never prepared nopales in this way; it was until I was married that I started to cook them like this, as my husband enjoys them like this for breakfast, along with a warm and crusty bolillo and a side dish of beans (either out of the pot or refried).

If you want, you can also add chopped tomato and chopped Serrano or Jalapeño peppers. In case you’ve never tried this dish before, don’t be afraid; the nopales’ flavors are a cross between green beans and okra, but with a greater content of fiber and other healthy benefits!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Green Mole / Mole Verde

Green mole verde green chicken This is a really nice recipe that I’m happy to bring to you today. Its wonderful mix of flavors will make you feel that all that time you spent preparing it was definitely worth while! The ingredients in the Mole Verde add a bright green color to the dish, which easily makes it one of the most beautiful moles I’ve seen.
In Mexico, the variety of Mole recipes vary form region to region; this particular recipe is from the State of Veracruz, where the mole’s consistency is a little less thick than versions from other states. Mole Verde is also known as “Pipian” or “Pipian Verde” in some places of Mexico. It can be made with chicken or pork, and you can also add vegetables like green beans, chayotes, nopales, zucchini, and even sweet peas. Many cooks add a small amount of corn masa to thicken the sauce, but I didn’t use any in this recipe.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Mexican Pork Carnitas Torta

Mexican pork carnitas torta

 This type of torta was sold at a street food stand in my hometown of Tampico, Tamaulipas, many years ago. The stand was located at the corner of the municipal market one block from the Maritime Terminal; it was a busy area, since the train station was also close by. For some reason, these sandwiches were only sold in the evenings. Sometimes my dad would buy some tortas to bring home for dinner, but since we didn’t live close to that area, the sandwiches were already cold when my father arrived home. We still enjoyed them anyway, since it wasn’t very often that we got to have them. Nowadays, I prefer to have them cold, just to go back in time to those moments with my dad!

Mexican pork carnitas torta

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Homemade Red Hot Sauce

Homemade Red Hot Sauce recipe

 In Mexico, bottled hot sauce is used everyday to spice up street fare such as potato chips, fruit cocktails, pop corn, and other fried foods sold as snacks in plastic bags. It is also used in some seafood cocktail preparations and alcoholic drinks.

Even though nowadays there are many bottled salsas on the market, some street vendors still make their own salsa, and they know their customers and how spicy and flavorful they like their salsa. Some street vendors are very proud of their salsa creations and take it as something that distinguishes the products they sell from others.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Orange Atole - Atole de Naranja

 This is part of a special collaboration with Paypal and DimeMedia, opinions and recipes are 100% my own. 
orange atole recipe  naranja  a sweet warm drink

 As soon as the weather gets cold, I start making atole, which is one of the many things I learned from my mom and my grandma. I even remember that at my grandma’s house they used to make some black bean atole, and even though I tried it, I never really liked it. Black bean atole? Go figure!

Atoles are hot drinks that have a thick consistency, and you can prepare endless flavors of them using fruits, seeds, vanilla, or even legumes. Atoles made with corn masa harina, water, and piloncillo are a common drink in the rural areas of Mexico during the winter months. People add the flavorings according to what they have in their region. This Orange Atole, for example, is from the citrus-producing area of the State of Veracruz. In the cities, however, Atoles are more diverse and go beyond the classic corn masa type. Atoles made with milk thickened with cornstarch are more favored than the corn masa type.
orange atole recipe  naranja  a sweet warm drink

Friday, December 9, 2016

How to make Champurrado - Cómo hacer Champurrado

Champurrado recipe mexican thick chocolate drink
This is a Sponsored Campaign with We All Grow Latinas. All opinions are my own. 
Chocolate has been a part of our culture since the time of the Aztecs, when it was prepared as a drink with spices and corn masa. Even to this day, we love to enjoy Champurrado, especially during the holiday season. This recipe is for the classic water-based Champurrado, but you can also make it using milk, and can even add some cloves or orange peel for some extra flavor. Whichever way you prepare this popular drink, I’m sure you’ll enjoy sharing it with your loved ones during these holidays!


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