Tag: Texas

“Carne Guisada Con Papas,” A Mexican American Classic

“Carne Guisada Con Papas,” A Mexican American Classic

Carne Guisada is an iconic Mexican dish that’s traditional in the homes of Mexican families of Texas.  Most often it’s made with diced potatoes, thus “Carne Guisada Con Papas.”  You won’t find carne guisada on any menu of the tex-mex, anglo oriented restaurants like the […]

Cornbread Dressing, Thanksgiving Pan De Maíz,

Cornbread Dressing, Thanksgiving Pan De Maíz,

This cornbread recipe was the Thanksgiving feature in the online magazine, Lone Star Literary Life. It’s my mom’s family recipe. Amá made this cornbread dressing every Thanksgiving.  It’s different from other cornbread dressing recipes because there’s no sage in it, and it combines pecans, raisins […]

Fresh Corn Skillet – Guisado De Maíz

Fresh Corn Skillet – Guisado De Maíz

This fresh corn skillet, Guisado De Maíz, is all about simplicity and the importance of basic cooking techniques. “Do the basics brilliantly”  was the constant mantra of one of my chef instructors at the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Hinnerk Von Bargen. It was also […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cazuelitas, Sopes Are A Texas Mexican Tradition

Cazuelitas, Sopes Are A Texas Mexican Tradition

Cazuelitas or Sopes are a part of the Texas Mexican cuisine that exists in the region outlined in yellow  (Map of the 1984 Republic of Mexico). Not to be confused with Tex-Mex,  Texas Mexican  is one of at least 12 related regional cuisines in the […]

Meatballs with Chile – Albóndigas de Chile Ancho

Meatballs with Chile – Albóndigas de Chile Ancho

These Chile Meatballs are perfect for large parties.  Serve them in a crock-pot to keep them warm, and have plenty of toothpicks on hand.  Meatballs or Albóndigas, illustrate the dynamism of food pathways, the routes by which foods travel via bird flights, human wars, marriages, […]

Pecan Stuffed Mushrooms

Pecan Stuffed Mushrooms

Pecan makes these stuffed mushrooms a crunchy treat. Pecan stuffed mushrooms are a favorite for parties and, yes, football games. Both the nut and the word, “pecan,” are Native American.  European immigrants were not familiar with the pecans, which reminded them of walnuts.  In fact, […]

Beer Batter Fried Fish

Beer Batter Fried Fish

The cod that we have in the Texas Mexico Gulf is “Southern Hake” (Urophycis floridana).  It doesn’t have the large, firm flakes of Atlantic cod but rather has a tighter texture, and it is fairly soft and delicate. When fried with this featherlight beer batter, […]