Mexicrave ~ Adriana Torres

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This is one of my husband’s favorite recipes year round. I love it too and prefer it over the typical chili made with ground beef. What I love about this recipe (aside from its deliciousness) is that there is no need to use flour in order to thicken the broth. The consistency of chili is obtained by blending a portion of the beans with broth and milk and then it simmers on… Read More

  Charro beans with quesadillas and fresh avocado slices – my favorite of all comfort foods. These beans are full of flavor and by making a large pot, you can feed the entire family! Serve charro beans as the main course with tortillas or as a side of your favorite Mexican dish. Ingredients: 4 cups, uncooked pinto beans 12-13 cups water 1 1/2 cups sliced wieners or Spanish chorizo (Spanish chorizo is… Read More

Every time my mother asked what I wanted for dinner I would reply, “Pollo en salsa de tomate!” Chicken and vegetables in tomato sauce has been one of my favorite dishes since childhood. You can control the spiciness by adjusting the amount of jalapeños or not add any at all but in my opinion, the spicier the better! 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs 1 cup thawed peas 1 1/2 cups cooked cauliflower… Read More

This cool weather calls for something warm, flavorful, and homemade. Estofado de Carne is very popular in Mexico and can be compared to the American version of braised ribs with vegetables. The charred Anaheim peppers add the spiciness commonly found in Hispanic dishes. Ingredients: 8 boneless beef short ribs 1 medium onion, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 5 Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into fours 6-8 boiler or pearl onions, peeled 2… Read More

My cooking techniques are neither calculated nor sophisticated but on more than one occasion I have been told, “you cook just like your father,” and that, my friends, is a great compliment.  My dad was the first foodie I encountered. Not only did he appreciate good meals but he also expected them. Whether a simple picadillo burrito or an intricate three-course meal, he knew quality, and demanded it. I remember the first… Read More

  Like potato salad, chicken salad can be prepared in a variety of ways. This recipe calls for fruit like grapes and green apples but you can add any other fruit your heart desires! The dressing is composed of mayonnaise and media crema, or table cream. It is very common in Mexico to mix media crema and mayonnaise to obtain a velvety and lighter dressing for the salad. You can find media… Read More

Horchata is one of my favorite Mexican drinks. It reminds me of street festivals in Mexico where street vendors line the streets to sell delicious home-made treats. Makes approximately eight cups Ingredients: 1 cup white rice 2 cups hot water (for rice to sit in) 1 can evaporated milk 1 can sweetened condensed milk 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 2 cinnamon sticks sugar  (3-4 tablespoons) or adjust to your preference ground cinnamon for… Read More

Rajas con crema is one of my favorite dishes to prepare when I’m entertaining a large crowd. It is a versatile topping that can be eaten in burritos, sandwiches, burgers, or served with tostada chips. Adding corn is optional but i recommend you do; the sweet corn kernels compliment the smokey and spicy flavors of the charred green peppers. Ingredients: 10 Hatch, green chile peppers 1/2 cup sweet corn kernels 1 –… Read More