Mexicrave ~ Adriana Torres

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These baby sweet peppers are stuffed with shrimp sautéed with garlic, onions, tomato, chipotle peppers and cream cheese. A sprinkle of panko bread crumbs and a few seconds in the broiler give these flavorful peppers a little bit of crunch. They make for a light and delicious appetizer year-round! Ingredients 12 small sweet peppers (cut out about 1 inch of each pepper and reserve the pieces to use in the filling) 10-12 medium shrimp, deveined, tail… Read More

  Churros are very popular in Central and South America but word on the street is, they originated in Spain. Spaniards eat this pastry for breakfast alongside a cup of hot chocolate. The hot chocolate is thicker than most found in the U.S. which makes it perfect for dipping. I remember when my parents would take me to the mall in Mexico on Sundays and bought me a churro filled with cajeta… 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

Tacos de discada are very popular and are often made for large parties and family gatherings. The name derives from the pan used to prepare the meat, a disco, or disk, made specifically for cooking discada. At parties, the disk is set somewhere outside and guests can stand around and watch as the pork, beef, and chorizo sizzle to perfection. Though a disk can be purchased at many Latin American grocery stores,… 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

Jamaica is a popular drink in Mexico made from dried hibiscus flower. I gave the recipe my own twist and added fresh orange juice and it was absolutely delightful! If you are watching your waistline, try adding honey as a sweetener of choice instead of sugar. Cheers – Salud! Ingredients: 3/4 cups dried hibiscus flower 12 cups water, separated Juice of 4 oranges sugar to taste Instructions: – In a large pot,… 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

Calientitos, or Ponche Navideño, is a drink commonly prepared during the holiday season specifically Christmas. The aroma of this punch while is simmers on the kitchen stove is hypnotizing.  With the blend of exotic fruits, cinnamon, clove, and sugarcane, this punch is sure to entice your guests and is the perfect drink to serve after a holiday feast. Set some aside for the children; they will love digging into the cup to… Read More