Meats

Picadillo Burger With Serrano Mayo

Picadillo Burger With Serrano Mayo

Look at Mexican restaurants all across Texas and you’ll find burgers on many of their menus, Doña María in Houston and Los Barrios in San Antonio being two examples. My Picadillo Burger takes the beloved burger to its natural Mexican culinary conclusion.  It is, after […]

Empanadas De Pino, Iconic Dish Of Chile

Empanadas De Pino, Iconic Dish Of Chile

Empanadas De Pino are the iconic food of Chile. The word, pino, is derived from the Mapuche indigenous word, pinu, which means: pieces of cooked meat. The Mapuche are the indigenous communities of Chile with roots dating back 2,000 years, to the cultures named Pitrén […]

Barbacoa Al Horno – Cooking In Earth Ovens

Barbacoa Al Horno – Cooking In Earth Ovens

Barbacoa was originally cooked in earth ovens, a culinary technique that is ancient and found all over the globe.  In San Antonio, where there is evidence of human habitation dating back 13,000 years, archaeologists have found layers of heated rocks suggesting that it was part […]

Smoked Pork Loin With Pecan Wood And Mexican History

Smoked Pork Loin With Pecan Wood And Mexican History

Smoked pork is the perfect party buffet dish, served with a finger-licking sauce, Chile Ancho Adobo.  Here’s a smoked pork loin recipe with pecan wood that results in a succulent, melt-in-your-mouth dish, just in time for this cold weather and friends.  I suggest you make […]

Caldo De Res, Perfect Mexican Comfort Soup

Caldo De Res, Perfect Mexican Comfort Soup

Caldo de res is a dish that brings warmth, on many levels, such as appreciation for the bounty of the land, because this beef soup has so many delicious vegetables.  For the Medrano household, it was also a catalyst for intimate family dissension. Some of […]

Stuffed Squash Blossoms With Chorizo, Frijoles Pintos

Stuffed Squash Blossoms With Chorizo, Frijoles Pintos

This stuffed squash blossoms recipe is a sure “wow” factor at parties. Guests swear that the rich texture comes from cream or cheese, but it doesn’t.  The sumptuous texture derives from the beans, slowly and properly cooked.  Another reason these are a party hit is […]

Arroz Con Pollo, A Delicious Tradition

Arroz Con Pollo, A Delicious Tradition

A whole chicken, cut up into parts, was what went into arroz con pollo, this iconic dish that is traditional for us Texas Mexicans, Mexicanos, Mexican Americans, Chicanos.  I prefer to call myself a Chicano.  We were also called pochos by some, and “greasers” by […]

Puerco En Chile Colorado – Bright Red With Guajillo Chiles

Puerco En Chile Colorado – Bright Red With Guajillo Chiles

Puerco En Chile Colorado is one of the iconic Texas Mexican dishes that is shared with other regions, especially the northern regions of Mexico, each region of course having its slight variations.  I grew up with this on our table, whenever we could afford meat, […]

Chilorio from Sinaloa:  Stone boiling

Chilorio from Sinaloa: Stone boiling

Chilorio is a specialty of Sinaloa, Mexico. I’m serving it here with Ensalada de  Bodas, another specialty of the northern Mexico region.  Chilorio is like other carne con chile dishes characteristic of Mexican cuisine in Texas. The Texas Mexican region shares many similar food types […]

Chicken Fricase, A Puerto Rican Cousin Of Arroz Con Pollo!

Chicken Fricase, A Puerto Rican Cousin Of Arroz Con Pollo!

Chicken Fricase is a Boricua dish and also a Plato Cubano. I first learned to make fricasé from a Chicano friend in college who learned it from a Puerto Rican classmate.  There are various Cubano and Puertorriqueño versions, but they all have green olives, and […]