Recipes and Essays

Chipotle Turkey Tostadas

Chipotle Turkey Tostadas

I first made these chipotle turkey tostadas one fall, with turkey leftover from a Thanksgiving feast.  The combination of tomato, onion, garlic and chipotle  is the basic flavor profile that is used in the classic dish known as “Tinga,” and is served in Puebla and […]

Enchiladas Verdes With Crema Mexicana

Enchiladas Verdes With Crema Mexicana

Enchiladas verdes is a recipe from my just-released book, “Don’t Count The Tortillas: The Art Of Mexican Cooking.” There are over 100 kitchen-tested recipes, including soups, botanas, tacos, cocktails and outdoor grilling. With history and cultural context,  my latest book is a collection of both […]

Huevos Divorciados,  Chupa Los Dedos Delicious!

Huevos Divorciados, Chupa Los Dedos Delicious!

You don’t have to be divorced to serve up these huevos divorciados (divorced eggs), a breakfast that’s so scrumptuous, you’ll “chupar los dedos,” voraciously shlurp your fingers. Well, at least that’s what I do. This dish features two of my favorite salsas, Salsa Ranchera and […]

Ajoblanco, Spain’s Cold Garlic Soup

Ajoblanco, Spain’s Cold Garlic Soup

Ajoblanco is an ice-cold soup from the Andalusía region of Spain.  The English translation of ajoblanco is white garlic, and it’s indeed a beautifully white soup made with only four ingredients: almonds, garlic, olive oil, and hearty bread.  It’s humble and so delicious. It predates […]

Quelitre Makes A Delicious  Guisado

Quelitre Makes A Delicious Guisado

The above photograph of “Quelitre” is by visual artist César Martínez whose work is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He shared the picture with me, along with this detail of how he reconnected with quelitre. Pulling weeds in his backyard, César […]

Molcajete Salsa, Fried Chile De Arbol

Molcajete Salsa, Fried Chile De Arbol

Here’s one of the salsas I demonstrated on July 9 for chefs of restaurants and hotels in Moscow. Although I make it in a molcajete, this recipe uses a blender for the large volumes in restaurants. The demo was held at Marr Russia, a food […]

Chile Dulce, Bell Pepper Salsa

Chile Dulce, Bell Pepper Salsa

Chile Dulce, bell pepper, was common at our kitchen table when I was growing up in San Antonio. Caldos  and guisados feature chile dulce, and as a stand-alone dish the chile can be stuffed with a meat filling.  This bell pepper salsa has lots of […]

Chile Petin Roasted Squash & Bell Peppers

Chile Petin Roasted Squash & Bell Peppers

Chile Petin, Petín, also called piquín and chiltepin, is native to the area around Brownsville, Texas and its border sister, Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Actually it grows wild all over Texas, New Mexico, Southern Arizona, throughout all of Mexico and has for centuries. Its scientific name is […]

Favorite Tacos I’m Cooking In Moscow, Russia

Favorite Tacos I’m Cooking In Moscow, Russia

This Story In AP News Today: I’m Cooking Tacos In Russia HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–   Texas author and chef, Adán Medrano, is traveling to Russia and will be cooking delish Texas Mexican tacos for the official 4th of July festivities at the US Ambassador’s residence in Moscow.  […]

Nopalitos, Cactus with Red Chile

Nopalitos, Cactus with Red Chile

Nopal, cactus, is delicious and nutritious. The diminutive form of nopal, nopalitos, signals that it is one of the most endeared and important Mexican indigenous foods. Ascribed the scientific name, Opuntia ficus-indica, nopalitos are native to central and southern Mexico. Cactus spread from there throughout […]