Tlacoyos – An Antojito for Football Season?

Just in time for football season, a (American) football-shaped snack: the tlacoyo. Tlacoyos are another in the family of antojitos (“little whims”), the delicious and diverse masa-based items from Mexico. Diana Kennedy, in From My Mexican Kitchen, writes Tlacoyo is the common name, a variation of the Nahuatl words tlatlaoyo and claclaoyo, given to an […]

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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

At long last, tomatillos have returned to the farmers’ market, and now I can dive back into Mexican cooking again. In California, the tomatillo season is similar to tomato season, running from July through October. Tomatillos are slightly sour, sharp and fruity, a combination which is delicious counterpoint to the mellow, round flavors of a […]

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Mexican Sopes – Step by Step

In Mexican cuisine, there is a large, popular, and delicious class of foods called antojitos (“little whims”). These whims include quesadillas, taquitos, tostadas, and one of my favorite appetizers: sopes. Sopes are little bowls of a corn-based dough that are baked on a griddle and then filled with spicy and savory toppings. They consist of […]

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Three Mexican sauces

This post contains the sauces referred to in my recent tortilla casserole post. With slight adjustments in consistency and seasoning, they each could also be a sauce for enchiladas, eggs with tortillas and garnishes, or chilaquiles (crisp tortillas, cheese and other items doused in sauce). The last sauce could be an excellent base for a […]

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Red Chile Enchiladas

The word “enchilada” derives from the Spanish verb “enchilar”, which means “to cover with chiles.” Nonetheless, there are numerous variations and sauces—some nearly chile free—that are covered by the term enchilada. This post is about a getting close to the definition of enchiladas: corn tortillas covered in a sauce based on dried red chiles. Chiles […]

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Winter Salsa

As part of my efforts to eat more seasonally, this winter I am going to try to make Mexican-style salsas for burritos, quesadillas and tacos that do not rely on summer vegetables like tomatoes, tomatillos and fresh chiles. The goal is to use items available at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market, dried ingredients (e.g., red chiles), […]

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