Yes, "Mexican food" can be shorthand for a platter heaped with refried beans, cheesy enchiladas and chile rellenos. But the cuisine of our neighbors to the south is much more nuanced than your local taco joint might have you believe. Authentic Mexican recipes tell another story, from the complex moles (up to 30 ingredients!) of Puebla to the rich tomato sauces of Veracruz to the rich, cinnamon-laced chocolate of Oaxaca, authentic Mexican cuisine varies widely by region and incorporates a staggering amount of ingredients and spice in sophisticated ways. And there are lots of delicious Mexican dessert recipes: Who wouldn't want to end dinner with a piping hot churro filled with rich Mexican chocolate?
One of the reasons I became a chef was because I was amazed at my father's ability to prepare the perfect meal, particularly his carnitas, Traditionally, carnitas are deep fried in larda nutritionist's nightmare! Now using healthier cooking methods and healthier ingredients., my father (who now has diabetes) and I can enjoy carnitas without sacrificing the crispy outside and tender juicy inside of the pork. - Chef LaLa
If you like beef fajitas, you'll love this variation, flavored with smoky-spicy chipotle peppers.
Heres our version of a Latin dessert specialty known as flan. We steeped citrus peel and cinnamon with the milk to add flavor. The caramelized sugar you put on the bottom turns into a caramelly sauce when turned out. Serve with raspberry or chocolate sauce, or all by itself. This soothing, sweet custard pudding looks complicated, but goes together with surprising ease.
Chili peppers are delicious and a great source of vitamins and capsicum, a natural anti-inflammatory. I took my grandmother's traditional recipe, substituting olive oil for butter, cut the amount of cream in half and opted for skim milk cheese, lowering calories, fat and saturated fat. - Chef LaLa
Make a trip to the garden or fresh outdoor market for a basketful of vegetables and herbs to make this summer pizza recipe.
A layer of refried beans, chicken, mushrooms, and cheese makes these Mexican skillet sandwiches a favorite recipe for kids.