Recipes and Essays

Chorizo Bean Dip –  Frijoles Con Chorizo!

Chorizo Bean Dip – Frijoles Con Chorizo!

Chorizo bean dip is tangy, and the minced pickled Jalapeños enhance the tang with that necessary Mexican bite. This recipe tastes great with canned pinto beans that are sold as “refried” but with no fat. You can also use a good-quality store-bought chorizo. However, I […]

Dulce De Calabaza – Pumpkin Candy

Dulce De Calabaza – Pumpkin Candy

You can honestly call this famous Mexican candy iconic. Pumpkins are native to Mexico, and the oldest domesticated pumpkin seeds were discovered by archaeologists in the Oaxaca Highlands of Mexico and dated to over 7,500 years ago. Sweetened and served either syrupy or crystalized, dulce […]

Mesquite Candy Balls

Mesquite Candy Balls

The mesquite tree has been part of the Texas landscape for at least seven thousand years. The technique for making the candy balls is the same grinding of mesquite that Cabeza de Vaca chronicles in his 1542 journal about Texas, where he describes our Texas […]

El Tiempo Cantina – Savory Native Traditions

El Tiempo Cantina – Savory Native Traditions

FOCUS ON HOUSTON:  El Tiempo Cantina is the final feature in this 5-part series for diners who are looking for a unique Mexican dining experience. Houston is home to many fine Mexican restaurants, gracing every neighborhood of the city, but in this series I focus […]

Texas Mexican History – Ninfa’s

Texas Mexican History – Ninfa’s

FOCUS ON HOUSTON:  Texas Mexican history is the fourth  topic in this 5-part series for diners who are looking for a unique Mexican dining experience. Houston is home to many fine Mexican restaurants, gracing every neighborhood of the city, but in this series I focus […]

Houston’s Cosmopolitan Traditions – Taquería Chabelita

Houston’s Cosmopolitan Traditions – Taquería Chabelita

FOCUS ON HOUSTON: Houston’s cosmopolitan traditions make up the third topic in this 5-part series for diners who are looking for a unique Mexican dining experience. Houston is home to many fine Mexican restaurants, gracing every neighborhood of the city, but in this series I […]

Native Comida Casera – Doña Maria

Native Comida Casera – Doña Maria

FOCUS ON HOUSTON:  Native comida casera is the second topic in this 5-part series for diners who are looking for a unique Mexican dining experience. Houston is home to many fine Mexican restaurants, gracing every neighborhood of the city, but in this series I focus […]

Yucatán Cuisine  in Houston Merida Restaurant

Yucatán Cuisine in Houston Merida Restaurant

FOCUS ON HOUSTON: Yucatán cuisine is the first feature in this 5-part series for diners who are looking for a unique Mexican dining experience. Houston is home to many fine Mexican restaurants, gracing every neighborhood of the city, but in this series I focus on […]

Dichos Mexicanos – Mexican Sayings

Dichos Mexicanos – Mexican Sayings

“El que tiene mas saliva, traga mas pinole” Dichos Mexicanos are sayings or proverbs that are handed from generation to generation as a way to preserve and teach important aspects of cultural wisdom, insight and philosophy.  I’m combining this archived recipe for pinole with the […]

Caldo De Carne Seca — It’s Truly “Rancho” Delicious

Caldo De Carne Seca — It’s Truly “Rancho” Delicious

This caldo de carne seca, dried beef soup, is the perfect Texas Mexican recipe to begin the new year, 2022. Caldo de carne seca is like a rustic broth and is a true rancho recipe. The Spanish word rancho means a common meal, a mess […]