Growing up taco night always meant Old El Paso with its distinctive Mexican seasoning and "sauce." People always ask, "How can you improve on something perfect?" Well, I suggest experimenting because you miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take. Potentially, I could create the world's greatest ground beef taco from this week's recipe challenge (likely not).
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There are two types of chili recipes out there. There's the type that's made with ground beef, diced peppers and onions, and a store-bought spice package; and then there's the type that doesn't just have you brown the meat, but roast it, calls for more than one spicy pepper, not just bell, and uses things like beer, coffee, and Mexican chocolate to create a bold, flavorful chili with moist and tender meat. This recipe is the latter.
Eating clean has been a popular health trend recently, but that can be difficult when indulging in a cocktail. But, check out this recipe from Clean Eating for Busy Families by Michelle Dudash to see how you can still keep healthy when you're drinking.
This gorgeous, ruby red tea originates from the leaves of the hibiscus flower, a plant you’ve probably spotted in lush landscapes or tropical climates such as Mexico or Hawaii.
Many coffee shops and tea brands market hibiscus tea under the name "Passion" or "Red Raspberry." Read the label and look for "hibiscus" listed as a main ingredient. The amount of agave nectar used will appeal to most party-goers; however, for light everyday sipping,
I prefer a little less sweetener. For a boost, I might even fill half the glass with unsweetened brewed tea.
Julian Medina’s newest sensation, Tacuba, is channeling heat from an assortment of peppers across the menu, including adobe-marinated Salmon a la Talla, succulent braised suckling pig carnitas with an orange habanero salsa, and a roasted stuffed poblano. The chile relleno de quinoa, a roasted poblano pepper stuffed with quinoa, kale, and mushrooms served in a light tomato sauce with crema and queso fresco, showcases traditional Mexican flavors and innovative technique for a dish that highlights both fresh and fiery flavors.
Tacos have been part of Mexico's culinary heritage for more than 100 years. These folded tortillas can be stuffed with any number of fillings — with each Mexican state claiming stake to their own. Fish tacos are said to come from Baja California, Mexico's northernmost state. While the original fish taco was made with deep-fried fish, this recipe — made with sautéed fish — is a delicious and fresh version. This recipe is easily doubled, which makes it a great dish to make when entertaining a crowd.
It was more than a decade ago that I fell in love with the flautas at Chico's Tacos in El Paso, Texas. That visit started a craving that was finally, finally sated, in New York City no less. Chico's Tacos were brought back from Texas, special delivery, packaged in Tupperware that was more expensive than the actual tacos, frozen until I could get to them, and finally reconstituted (Thanks, Mom).
Eating Chico's Tacos once again did two things. First, it made the need to be able to eat them more consistently a necessity. Second, tasting the original rendition reestablished the flavor profile required to be able to do that. Crispy fried taquitos, covered in thinly shredded cheese, and drenched in red watery sauce — dripping, crunchy, melted cheese-drink-the-sauce flautas goodness.
Creating a recipe for a renowned dish is tricky. You can theorize, you can do trial and error, or you can do what was done here: Look to see what's out there already. There's no official site for Chico's Tacos and, as far as anyone can seem to tell, no officlal recipe out there for how to best make these signature tacos.
The two most prominent recipes out there are by The Stanton Magazine and Mexican American Border Cooking. They provide some really insightful guidance on different possible approaches to a successful dish. This recipe uses a home fryer and fresh ingredients for all components for a rendition that looks and tastes pretty close to the original. Oh, and don't forget the toothpicks. You need them to keep the taquitos closed when frying them. (If anyone knows a better way, please chime in.)
Turn extra pizza dough into something more south-of-the-border. Baking (instead of frying) cuts calories and fat — and doesn't take too much extra time. This flaky and flavorful treat spends only 10 minutes in the oven.