RECIPE: Watermelon Margarita

RECIPE: Watermelon Margarita

Happy Pride! This year we celebrate 50 years since our forefathers took a stand at Stonewall. I am a proud gay man, a proud Mexican-American and thankful that we have come this far. Let’s celebrate, realize how far we have come, and look at what else we need to fight for! This cocktail tastes like summer - ¡ vamos fiestar !

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RECIPE: Costillas de Puerco al Chipotle (Pork Ribs in Chipotle Adobo)

RECIPE: Costillas de Puerco al Chipotle (Pork Ribs in Chipotle Adobo)

At work, one of my colleagues asked me to develop a recipe using Xilli Chipotles Adobados. The resident Mexican at Food52, I knew exactly what to do. This recipe incorporates three chiles, all very distinct in flavor. You can sub in a wide variety of meats, like beef, pork butt, and lamb. Serve this with fresh tortillas and avocado slices.

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RECIPE: Margarita de Jamaica / Hibiscus Margarita

RECIPE: Margarita de Jamaica / Hibiscus Margarita

This is your classic Margarita but with Jamaica syrup, which adds a tangy, floral, richness. Rimmed with Poctli’s Sal de Jamaica, this drink is an elegant pre-dinner cocktail that will have your guests obsessing over the color and unique texture of the jamaica.

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RECIPE: Aguayón Estilo Oaxaqueño (Oaxacan Roast Beef)

RECIPE: Aguayón Estilo Oaxaqueño (Oaxacan Roast Beef)

This dish is simple yet elegant in its presentation and flavor profile. I compare it to the great braises of European cooking (i.e. Beef Bourguignon, Ragu) and but with the strong fruity profile of the Pasilla chile in the sauce that makes it truly Mexican.

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VIDEO: How to Cure A Comal: Cal 101

VIDEO: How to Cure A Comal: Cal 101

Learn how to cure your comal! The most important recommendation I give to those who are serious about taking their Mexican cuisine to the next level is to A: make your own damn tortillas and B: do it on clay instead of cast iron. Comales de barro need to be treated in order to prevent tortillas from sticking to the surface of the clay.

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RECIPE: Cacahuates enchilados (Chile Roasted Peanuts)

RECIPE: Cacahuates enchilados (Chile Roasted Peanuts)

With summer drinks and BBQs a common happening, it's a great to have a simple snack on hand - and a homemade one is sure to impress your guests. This recipe incorporates chile and lime, making it the perfect snack followed by a chilled beer. When the chile de arbol is roasted, it smells of peanuts, which compliments the natural peanut flavor well.

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