VIVA MEXICO Black Bean and Corn Tacos!

Who needs pork when you can make the most delicious tacos with black beans and corn. I measure taquerias by a complicated formula involving the deliciousness factor of their carnitas tacos. But since I decided I would like to live past 2015, I’ve been going meatless five days a week. I’m not completely sure that […]

Red Chile Short Rib Tacos

Okay.  These are seriously the best tacos I’ve ever made.  Michelle, Lindsey and I went to Tacolicious on Chestnut Street in the Marina a few weeks ago, and I had a short rib taco that was crazy delicious — even with limited taste buds.  This recipe is from Bobby Flay — and every recipe I’ve […]

Steak Tacos with Cucumber-Avocado Salsa

My new favorite tacos with a killer salsa! Serves 6 For the salsa: 1 medium English cucumber, seeded and diced (about 2 cups) 2 medium firm-ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and diced 1/2 red onion, diced Juice of 2 limes (about 1/4 cup) Salt to taste 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 3 jalapeño peppers, seeded and […]

El Cholo’s Green Corn Tamales

I don’t know if these are quite the same as the ones at Los Olivos in Scottsdale, but I made these this summer, and I thought they were deeeelicious! Makes 12 (8 ounce) tamales. 24 ears yellow corn 8 ounces cornmeal 4 ounces shortening 4 ounces butter 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup half-and-half or […]

Taco Casserole

Sigh. I miss the one that used to come in a blue box. And one day, it just disappeared, and I have missed it ever since. I’m not a “box” kind of cook, but I have spent a good amount of time over the past 15 years trying to recreate that Taco Casserole — with […]

Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder

3 T. butter 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts halves(or equivalent in chicken thighs which we prefer), cut into bite-size pieces (1 1/2 pounds) 1 small onion, chopped 2 garlci cloves, minced 2 c. half and half 2 c. (8 oz.) shredded monterey jack cheese 2 (14 3/4 oz) cans cream-style corn 1 (4.5 oz) can […]

Roasted Squash Enchiladas with Ancho Chili Cream sauce

I know this seems to be a little much as a recipe, but it really isn’t. I make the chile the day before, and roast the squash the morning before — and then dinner is a snap. These are so flavorful — I’ve never served them to anyone who didn’t love them! MAKE THEM! Serves […]

Grilled Shrimp Caesar with Queso Cotija and White Corn

Serves 8 to 10 CROUTONS 4 cups 1” cubes sourdough bread 2 t. garlic powder Generous pinch Mexican oregano 2 t. paprika enough olive oil to lightly coat bread cubes Salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste SHRIMP AND CORN 2 T. chile powder 1 ½ t. ground cumin 2 T. brown sugar […]

Chicken Fajitas with Crunchy Lime Cabbage and Avocado

Makes 6 servings 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus additional for griddle 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon chili powder 2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast halves, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 3/4-inch-thick strips 1 large red onion, halved, sliced lengthwise 3 cups thinly sliced red cabbage 2 […]

Rib-Eye Tacos with Onion Jam and Horseradish Creme Fraiche

Worth the effort! Horseradish Crème Fraîche 1 cup finely grated peeled fresh horseradish root (about 4 ounces) 1 8-ounce container crème fraîche or sour cream 1/4 cup white wine vinegar Coarse kosher salt Onion Jam 1 1/2 pounds red onions, very thinly sliced 2 cups dry red wine 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon chopped fresh […]