Tag: serrano chile

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 […]

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 […]

Texas Mexican Potatoes – A Grassroots Tradition

Texas Mexican Potatoes – A Grassroots Tradition

Texas Mexican potatoes, Papas A La Mexicana, are delicious and ubiquitous.  From Houston to San Antonio, and all the way from Brownsville to Del Río and El Paso, home kitchens are always stirring up sizzling skillets of Papas A La Mexicana, a Texas Mexican family […]

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 […]

Chile Serrano Scallops – A Twist On Julia Child

Chile Serrano Scallops – A Twist On Julia Child

I call this dish, Chile Serrano Scallops, although the inspiration comes from the French, Coquilles St. Jacques à La Provençale.  Because I fiddled and deviated from the traditional recipe, I don’t use the traditional name.  I like to keeps things clear. It’s not that I […]

Green Salsa Serrano en Molcajete

Green Salsa Serrano en Molcajete

Green Salsa, Serrano chile,  is a  classic Texas Mexican table salsa.  If you’re from this region, send me an email or comment about how you’ve savored this in your home. Amá (we did not use the Spanish word, mamá) always had this salsa on the […]

Serrano Shrimp Cocktail

Serrano Shrimp Cocktail

Depart from the usual shrimp cocktail sauce and go Texas Mexican.  Use Serrano chile, cilantro and fresh lime juice. This delicious Serrano shrimp cocktail is reminiscent of the famous Mexican Campechana cocktails in Veracruz, Yucatán and along the Pacific coast, especially in Sonora.  Usually, it’s […]

Make Machacado — Texas Salt Lake

Make Machacado — Texas Salt Lake

“Machacado Con Huevo” uses the basic element, salt (sodium choride), to dry and preserve meat.  It’s a traditional breakfast dish based on a technique that we inherited from our native Texas ancestors who handed it down to each subsequent generation.  Over thousands of years, a […]

Recipe Swap:  Mexican Cooking, Salsa Ranchera

Recipe Swap: Mexican Cooking, Salsa Ranchera

Inviting, delicious, eye-opening. There was mouth-watering picadillo, nopalitos salad,  salsa ranchera, crema mexicana, shark empanadas and much more. The creamy flan Napolitano was luscious.  Pot-luck never tasted so good.  But it was the stories and memories that that made this recipe swap dinner  special. The […]

Verdolaga, Purslane: The Best Cooked Greens

Verdolaga, Purslane: The Best Cooked Greens

Verdolaga, purslane in English, is the indigenous Texas Mexican herb that I love to serve for company.  It is my “go to” recipe for a delicious green side dish that goes with absolutely anything.  Verdolaga grows plentiful for most of the year in central, southern […]