Earlier in the month, I showed you how to make some delicious Mexican dishes including homemade salsa, chips and slow cooker mole. Today, I am going to tackle Mexican Braised Beef Tacos. Seared beef is braised for hours with fire roasted peppers, red wine, tomatoes and caramelized onions. The finished beef has a deep savory, spicy flavor with melt in your mouth texture. Topped with Mexican crema, tomatoes and greens, this taco could easily be mistaken for its authentic street style counterpart. FYI, this is a slow cooker recipe (I just didn’t feel like putting slow cooker in the title). Continue reading for the recipe.
Yesterday, I showed you how to make homemade Drunken Salsa. Today, I am going to continue the Mexican theme with this Slow Cooker Mole with Grilled Chicken. A Mole is a dark Mexican sauce that typically has chile peppers, tomatoes, dried fruit, sesame seeds, chocolate and a wide variety of fragrant spices. Start to finish, this recipe takes about 9 hours (mainly inactive slow cooking time), so plan accordingly. This may seem very involved; however, compared to a traditional Mole (which can have 20+ ingredients, take several days to make and require a small army of Mexican grandmothers), this recipe is both quick and easy. I’ll have to say that the flavors and aromas of this dish are just unreal. Rich and bold, this sauce has a mouth-watering depth of flavor that is like nothing you’ve ever tasted. Well worth the effort. Continue reading for the recipe.
If you couldn’t guess already, I love living in San Diego. Aside from having amazing weather and beautiful scenery, San Diego is home to some serious Mexican food. And I just love Mexican food. Some of my personal favorites include: a California Burrito (a burrito stuffed with meat, gauc, salsa and french fries), Carne Asada Chips (a pile of fresh tortilla chips topped with gauc, salsa, sour cream and marinated beef) and Carnitas Tamales (marinated pork encased in corn masa). This week, I decided to bring my love for Mexican food into the kitchen.
This Drunken Salsa is a deliciously complex combination of roasted pasilla peppers, dark beer and tequila. This is not your average salsa. The flavors are deep and rich and utterly addicting. Below, you will also find a recipe for “Housemade” Garlic Black Pepper Chips. Housemade is in quotes because you really don’t have to “make” much. So easy and delicious. Continue reading for the recipes.
Harissa is a North African chili sauce that is typically associated with Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. Recipes for Harissa can vary greatly from region to region; however most recipes have chili pepper, garlic and olive oil. This Harissa features a combination of California and Guajillo chili peppers, lemon, garlic, tomato, olive oil and a slew of wonderfully fragrant spices (all spices can easily be found at your local grocery store). Harissa can be used in many different ways. Here are some ideas: Mix a few spoonfuls of Harissa with plain yogurt and use as a dip or marinade. Toss with fresh pasta and vegetables for a spicy fusion dish. Spread a thin layer of Harissa on your burger bun for an exotic alternative to ketchup. Continue reading for the recipe.