Tag: Mexican food

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 […]

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 […]

Empanadas De Camote, Sweet Potato Yum!

Empanadas De Camote, Sweet Potato Yum!

Empanadas de camote are a traditional treat, and they’re  just right for winter weather.  This recipe adds an anise flavor to the dough, and I bet you won’t be able to eat just one.  Mexican pastries, pan dulce, have become a strong culinary tradition over […]

Enchilada History: Do You Understand my Enchilada?

Enchilada History: Do You Understand my Enchilada?

An enchilada feast marked special occasions in our home.  To understand the enchilada is to understand our community.   This classic Texas Mexican dish is made with Chile Ancho and Chile Pasilla, blended with oregano and other spices. Bottled “chili” powder is a new invention, a […]

Cactus Salad Is Delicious, With A Rich History

Cactus Salad Is Delicious, With A Rich History

Someone always brings cactus salad to my potluck parties.  Robust and earthy is how I would describe the flavor of cactus, and in this salad the bright colors make it an inviting buffet dish. Did you know that the cactus is  also an enduring, elemental […]

Dulce De Leche Quemada – Texas Pecan Caramel Candy

Dulce De Leche Quemada – Texas Pecan Caramel Candy

My mom Dominga, regularly made dulce de leche quemada (aka Texas pecan caramel) for us kids. We had four pecan trees in our backyard, so the lush candy was laden with plenty of roasted pecans.  The trick is to roast the pecans before adding them […]

Acorn Squash stuffed with Quinoa and Red Bell Pepper

Acorn Squash stuffed with Quinoa and Red Bell Pepper

Acorn squash is zesty, and versatile; can become a lush party dessert or a festive savory buffet feature. Try this recipe for your next dinner party, and  serve it with a Texas sauvignon blanc. All winter squashes are perfect for stuffing. Here the sweet pumpkin […]

Queso Fundido: Appetizer That Sizzles and Bubbles

Queso Fundido: Appetizer That Sizzles and Bubbles

Queso Fundido is sometimes called choriqueso (chorizo-cheese).  It’s a favorite throughout the Texas Mexican food region, which includes central and south Texas and northeastern Mexico.  I make it regularly, especially when unexpected company drops in. Just pop it in the oven and wait for it […]

The Real Story of Texas Mexican Food

The Real Story of Texas Mexican Food

Texas Mexican Food Event In San Antonio, Texas Texas Mexican food gained fame In 1800s when Texas Mexican business women ran outdoor diners, and their delicious cooking made San Antonio a culinary destination, tourists arriving via railroad.  These entrepreneurial women began to be called “chili […]

Tex-Mex, A Question of Delicious Identity

Tex-Mex, A Question of Delicious Identity

Returning to Houston from Galveston Island, “Gringo’s” caught my eye.  The sign is dazzling.  It also exquisitely illustrates the aspect of Tex-Mex food about which I’ve been doing a lot of thinking.   Restaurants cook Tex-Mex dishes because we seek identity, discovery of who we are. […]