Mexican Pacholas

Mexican pacholas are a sort of flattened meatball, seared quickly and served with salsa, rice and beans. Any ground meat works here; I used venison.

Shrimp Empanadas

A cool recipe for shrimp empanadas that uses mashed plantains for the dough. The empanadas are then fried crispy. This recipe is from Tamaulipas, Mexico.


Puchero is a hearty stew made all over the Spanish-speaking world. This is a Mexican puchero recipe uses beef or venison and lots of vegetables. Simple, satisfying and it keeps well.

Chilorio, Sinaloa-Style Braised Pork

A classic recipe for chilorio, braised, shredded pork from Sinaloa, Mexico. It's super easy to make, and is amazing in tacos, burritos, a sandwich, or with rice.

Mexican Pipian Verde

A recipe for Mexican pipian verde, the green pumpkinseed sauce that traces its origins back more than 500 years. Great with any white meat or fish.

Chicken with Chile Walnut Sauce

A recipe for chicken with walnut sauce from Mexico. Gallina en nogada is an old Mexican recipe that mixes walnuts and chiles. I used pheasant, and any white meat will work.

Fried Empanadas

A recipe for fried empanadas, focusing on how to make the empanada dough for frying. I'll give you several possible fillings, but really anything goes here.

Smoked Salmon Tacos

Smoked salmon tacos aren't a thing in Mexico, but smoked marlin tacos are, and that's what these are modeled after. Easy, quick and tasty.

Recado Negro

Recado negro is a Yucatecan flavoring blend, a spice paste, that relies on charred ingredients, making it black. Here's how to make it.

Gallina Pinta

Gallina pinta is a Sonoran specialty, a stew of hominy, beans and meat that is a lot like pozole. I use venison here, but beef is more common.

Dorado with Cilantro

In Mexico, mahi mahi is called dorado, and it’s served all over that country’s coastal regions, especially in the Pacific.…

Squash Blossom Quesadillas

How to make squash blossom quesadillas, called quesadillas de flor de calabaza in Spanish. They're simple: tortillas, cheese, blossoms, and refried beans.