Mexicrave ~ Adriana Torres

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A great salsa is essential when serving a Mexican meal; I can’t eat without it! This fried jalapeño salsa is perfect for chicken or steak tacos. It’s spicy, creamy, and full of flavor. To top it off, it’s simple to make and you’ll only need a few ingredients. Ingredients: 10 Jalapeños 2  garlic cloves 1 cube chicken bouillon such as Knorr, which can be found in the Latin section of your grocery store 1/4 cup… Read More

Champurrado is a Mexican atole made with chocolate, spices, and masa de maíz, or corn flour. It’s a thick version of a hot chocolate but with a unique flavor that can only be attained by using Chocolate Abuelita, a brand of Mexican chocolate and piloncillo, a cone made from unrefined sugar. Champurrado is made during the holiday season and pairs well with sweet tamales like pineapple and pecan! Give this a try… Read More

Homemade red enchilada sauce is very easy to make, so unless there are no dehydrated chili pods available in your supermarket, there’s no need to buy it canned. You might find the chile pods in the Latin section of your grocery store prepackaged and labeled, mild, medium, or hot. It also freezes well so you can make a few cups at a time and store them in plastic containers or freezer bags…. Read More

I’m a big fan of fish stew and even more so in the fall and winter months. This Colombian recipe is very different from the typical Mexican fish stew as it’s made with coconut milk and simmered with different spices. Coconut milk is a staple in kitchens throughout South America especially when cooking seafood. It adds a rich, nutty flavor to soups and stews with a slight hint of coconut. Delicious! Serves… Read More

Coconut rice is served alongside savory dishes across Latin America. Depending on the region, there will be slight variations in the cooking process but overall, it’s a simple to make side dish. This is not to be confused with another popular Latin American dessert also known as, arroz con coco or arroz con leche, which has raisins and other spices. Ingredients: 1 cup Jasmine rice  *(Read note below) 3/4 cup canned coconut milk ( you… Read More

Pabellón Criollo is a traditional Venezuelan dish consisting of shredded beef sautéed with onions and peppers and served with white rice, black beans, and fried plantains. There are a few other variations; some top off the dish with an over-easy egg and others sprinkle  queso fresco on the black beans. The flavors bind together amazingly and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this dish as much as I do. Ingredients: 1 1/5 lb. flank… Read More

Patacones, or fried green plantains, are very common and popular throughout Central and South America. Every country, state, town, and person has their own variation and special way of preparing this dish. In my opinion – they’re all amazing! This recipe is similar to Peruvians’ version of the dish as it incorporates evaporated milk, a staple in kitchens in Peru. Makes 6 patacones 2 green plantains, each peeled and sliced into 3… Read More

  Tostones are very popular in Central and South America and are served with a variety of dipping sauces. My favorite one is simple to make. Serve tostones as an appetizer or alongside your favorite Latin dish like Pavellon Criollo, a traditional Venezuelan dish. Tostones: 2 green plantains, peeled and sliced into 1 inch thick slices cooking oil for frying Dipping Sauce: 1/4 cup light olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1… Read More