Texas Mexican Cuisine

Spanish Gazpacho Soothes The Summer Heat

Spanish Gazpacho Soothes The Summer Heat

Spanish Gazpacho is a “must have” summer dish.  It’s Spanish, not Mexican, although it is based on Mexican ingredients like bell pepper (chile dulce) and tomatoes. Really good gazpacho depends on great tasting tomatoes, so I either grow tomatoes or buy them from local gardeners/growers. […]

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 […]

Eggplant Served With Fresh Salsa Ranchera

Eggplant Served With Fresh Salsa Ranchera

Growing up in the Westside of San Antonio, I enjoyed eggplant and all seasonal vegetables. They were a big part of my family’s diet because my dad made a living going to market with truckloads of vegetables he would buy from farms just outside of […]

Powdered Shrimp Cakes: A Mexican Culinary Heritage

Powdered Shrimp Cakes: A Mexican Culinary Heritage

My amá (mom) served these powdered shrimp cakes regularly during Lent, especially on Good Friday because we were following the Catholic practice of doing penance by not eating meat. We rarely had meat at our table, so the penance part of this was always a […]

Pinto Beans are Philosophically Correct

Pinto Beans are Philosophically Correct

In our central, south Texas and northeastern Mexico culinary region,  pinto beans are the staple in native Mexican-American homes. No exceptions, not ever.  I was amazed when, working in Chiapas, Mexico during my sophomore year of college, I encountered black beans.  They were such a […]

The History of Texas Mexican Cooking

The History of Texas Mexican Cooking

I grew up with my ama’s (mom) Texas Mexican cooking.  Texas Mexican cooking just like Oaxaca Mexican, Puebla Mexican and all the other regional styles of Mexican cooking, is best described as comida casera home-style-cooking.  Enjoyed by Mexican American families today, this unique cuisine has […]

Enchiladas Rojas, Red Enchiladas For St. Valentine’s Day

Enchiladas Rojas, Red Enchiladas For St. Valentine’s Day

Enchiladas Rojas are delicious and delicate.  This red enchilada is perfect for romance and to say I love you. You can make the red tortillas several days before St. Valentine’s Day and keep them in the fridge until you make the enchiladas. I’ve said many […]

Gorditas Are For Everyone, A Texas Mexican Tradition

Gorditas Are For Everyone, A Texas Mexican Tradition

Gorditas YES! Perfect for parties as an interactive food for business meeting luncheons, board meetings or charity fundraisers.  They’re ideal for parties because as interactive food, guests can fill them with a variety of fillings, a DIY station.  But first eat a couple just straight. […]

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 […]

Arroz Con Almendras – Almond Rice Adds Elegant Crunch

Arroz Con Almendras – Almond Rice Adds Elegant Crunch

Arroz Con Almendras is an almond rice recipe from the Baja California and Sonora region of Mexico. A bit of trivia:  sharks are common to both US California and Mexico Baja California and Sonora.   I serve almond rice with fish dishes. The almond slivers […]