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Maria Amalia Garza

Say Hello to Your New Fave Snack: Mexican Gorditas

There is a world of antojitos in the Mexican cooking repertoire and gorditas are one of my  favorites… for obvious reasons! Like a warm, compact sandwich, a gordita holds any number of fillings, ranging from the humblest refried beans, to scrambled eggs, to picadillo, to chicharrón in green salsa (my favorite!). From the first bite, you savor a rich corn dough flavored with manteca - that porky-tasting lard Mexicans love. The filling is, of course, your choice, but that is what makes these gorditas so much fun.


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Cua-what? Try Mexican Cuachala!

A few years back I went to visit my aunt Celina in Guadalajara, Mexico. My aunt is one of those women who keeps a perfect house, from the decorations in her house to the food she cooks to the way the table is beautifully set at all times, even when no one is coming to visit.

When we get together, we always end up talking about food. That is something we all share in our family: a love of food and our traditions. During one of our conversations we talked about Cuachala.


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Cua-what? Try Mexican Cuachala!

A few years back I went to visit my aunt Celina in Guadalajara, Mexico. My aunt is one of those women who keeps a perfect house, from the decorations in her house to the food she cooks to the way the table is beautifully set at all times, even when no one is coming to visit.

When we get together, we always end up talking about food. That is something we all share in our family: a love of food and our traditions. During one of our conversations we talked about Cuachala.


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Chiles y Verduras en Escabeche
Chiles y Verduras en Escabeche

It's easy to go to the grocery store to buy pickled vegetables and chiles, but making them at home is simple and the results are delicious! Eat Chiles y Verduras en Escabeche with tortas, hamburgers, sandwiches, or even pizza.   


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Chiles Poblanos Rellenos de Queso con Arroz
Chiles Rellenos with Rice and Cheese

Many Mexican meals  are served with rice on the side. On this delicious meal, the rice and poblano chiles cook together in the same pan. How nifty is that? Chiles Poblanos Rellenos de Queso con Arroz is a delicious meal in one pot!


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Set Your Frijoles Free with This Creamy Pinto Bean Soup Recipe

Born and raised in Mexico, and having left my country more than 20 years ago, I am proud to say I still cook like I ate when I lived in Monterrey.

The Mexican diet has historically consisted of beans, corn, pumpkin, tomatoes, and chiles: all vegetables that grew in the milpa or vegetable parcel. Not everyone could afford much meat or cheese, but beans and corn were - and are - very affordable. Best of all, beans are full of protein and fiber, and are very good for our bodies.


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Warm Up With Mexican Braised Beef and Cabbage Stew

A while back I was visiting my family in Monterrey, Mexico. One of my favorite activities is to chat about food because I always learn something new. At that time, I was talking with a friend who grew up in a small town just outside Monterrey. 

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Chicken Stew with Guajillos and Tomatillos

Cuachala is a dish from Jalisco and Colima, in southwestern Mexico. Very easy but with deep layers of flavor, Cuachala gets its thick texture from a bit of masa in the stew. It's also wonderful served with a dollop of rice, a sprinkling of lime, chile flakes, and of course, tortillas. 


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Beef Stew with Cabbage Braised in Tomato Salsa

A common guiso or stew from the rural areas around Monterrey, this cortadillo is easy to make and delicious. Perfect for a weeknight dinner. Serve with tostadas and you will have dinner on the table in a cinch.


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Gorditas de Manteca

Gorditas are a favorite Mexican antojito. You can fill them with almost anything, from beans to shredded meat, to chicharrón. In the State of Zacatecas they dress them with cabbage and pico de gallo, and a touch of very spicy salsa to top things off! Very humble, but very delicious!


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