Vegan Mexican Recipes easy to follow, delicious, and healthy.

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Spicy Bean Avocado Toast (Molletes)

This recipe for spicy bean avocado toast (molletes) was one of my favorite dishes as a child, of course not the vegan version I’m sharing with you now, but the ones slathered in cheese. Oh cheese, melty, fatty, wonderful cheese! Sometimes I really miss cheese, but the avocado in this recipe makes up for it. I have a love hate relationship with vegan cheese, mostly hate, that’s why I don’t use it very often. Last week I tried making an almond cheese and the result was unfortunate. It looked like cheese, smelled like cheese, but it definitely was not cheese. I think I’ll just stick to nut sauces from now on.

Summer is creeping along, and we’ve exhausted our list of things to do. Bluffton is a small town and Hilton Head is a tourist trap right now. I briefly considered going home to Mexico for the rest of the summer, but the plane tickets are crazy expensive.

One if the things I’m really enjoying right now is cooking with the munchkin. He helps out with peeling vegetables, grating cheese, mixing, tossing and stirring. We are focusing on reading recipes, following directions, and cleaning. So far our favorite recipes are chocolate cupcakes,       carrot cake pancakes, and alphabet soup. It’s easier to involve him in baking, and it keeps him away from the stove. I really like that he’s proud of our creations. The other day we had our neighbor over to play and he said, ” Do you want to try my famous alphabet soup?” Things can get a bit messy, but what’s life without a little mess to it.

Spicy Bean Avocado Toast (molletes) is perfect for breakfast with toast slathered in refried beans, avocado slices, and salsa molcajeteada.

The Recipe: Spicy Bean Avocado Toast (Molletes)

You only need a couple of ingredients for this quick breakfast or lunch. They secret is really good bread! Slather the bread with beans, avocado, and top with salsa molcajeteada. You could also add slices of tomatoes or radishes. Enjoy!

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Spicy Bean Avocado Toast (Molletes)

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 3 Bolillos, whole wheat
  • 1 ½ cups Refried beans
  • 2 Avocado, pitted, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups Salsa, homemade

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Cut bolillos in half and place them on a sheet tray.
  3. Toast in oven, face up, for 3 to 4 min or until golden brown on top.,
  4. Remove from oven and spread warm beans on each half.
  5. Top with avocado and homemade salsa.
  6. Serve immediately.

Chef's Notes

Bolillos are easily found now in the bread department of local grocery stores, if you cannot find them whole wheat French bread will work as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mexican Garbanzo Salad

This Mexican garbanzo salad is a refreshing salad for any potluck or outdoor party. The combination of fresh tomatoes, minced onion, jalapeño, cilantro, jalapeño, avocado, chickpeas, and lime juice makes this a hearty dish that won’t disappoint.

This recipe for mexican garbanzo salad combines tomato, onion, serrano chile, avocado, chickpeas and lime juice. Makes a great lunch.

It is hot! Here in SC it is not only hot, but 100% humid. I’m finally back to posting recipes and this one is great for a hot summer day. Even though this Mexican garbanzo salad isn’t exactly American, I think you should make it for your 4th of July party. It is refreshing, delicious and perfect with those ripe tomatoes you are growing in your garden. Ok, so maybe not all of us are growing tomatoes, but I’m sure you can get some good ones at your local farmers market.

This recipe for mexican garbanzo salad combines tomato, onion, serrano chile, avocado, chickpeas and lime juice. Makes a great lunch.

Everything here at home is running as smooth as it can with a 4 yr. old and a 3 month old. We are cooling off at the pool and enjoying sleeping in longer than usual and going to bed later. Some days are better than others, but generally we are pretty content. Even though I complain about the heat, I am enjoying the slow pace of summer. Have a great weekend and enjoy this Mexican garbanzo salad.

The Recipe: Mexican Garbanzo Salad

Serve this salad with your favorite tortilla chips. You can also add extra avocados and make a protein packed guacamole. Enjoy!

This recipe for mexican garbanzo salad combines tomato, onion, serrano chile, avocado, chickpeas and lime juice. Makes a great lunch.
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Mexican Garbanzo Salad

Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Diced tomato, fresh
  • 1/2 cup Onion, white
  • 2 tbsp. Jalapeño, minced
  • 1 cup Chickpeas, canned, drained
  • 1 cup Avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • To taste Lime juice fresh
  • To taste Sallt kosher
  • To taste Black Pepper ground

Preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients and season to taste.

Chef's Notes

Serve with baked corn chips.

 

 

 

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Vegan Chile Relleno Zucchini and Quinoa

In May, I wrote about wanting to quit blogging, so it might come as a surprise to you that I started a new blog! Unfortunately, for all you English speaking readers it’s in Spanish. I was born and raised in Mexico, which means Spanish is my primary language. I came to the U.S. as an international student in order to go to The Culinary Institute of America, thus the majority of my culinary education was imparted in English. I’m a embarrassed to say this, but I’m a bit more comfortable writing about food in English. However, my parents and a big chunk of my extended family do not speak English, and they have voiced their complains about not being able to understand anything I write. Oops!

This recipe for vegan chile relleno stuffed with zucchini and quinoa is an adaptation of a Mexican classic. It is bursting with flavor!

The reason I was hesitant to start a blog in Spanish was for the same reasons I was considering quitting this blog, it’s a lot of work! However, after receiving support and encouraging comments from a couple of readers, I am once again motivated to continue sharing recipes with you. Of course, it also really helps that the munchkin is in school full time:)

This recipe for vegan chile relleno stuffed with zucchini and quinoa is an adaptation of a Mexican classic. It is bursting with flavor!

 

This recipe for vegan chile relleno stuffed with zucchini and quinoa is an adaptation of a Mexican classic. It is bursting with flavor!

This recipe for vegan chile relleno stuffed with zucchini and quinoa is an adaptation of a Mexican classic. It is bursting with flavor!

 

This recipe for vegan chile relleno stuffed with zucchini and quinoa is an adaptation of a Mexican classic. It is bursting with flavor!

Monday is Mexico’s Independence Day, so in honor of a wonderful country, an amazing group of people, and one of the best cuisines in the world ( I might be a little bit biased here) is a recipe for chiles rellenos that is not traditional, but has all the flavor and complexity of Mexican cuisine.

The Recipe: Vegan Chile Relleno with Zucchini and Quinoa

Roasted poblano peppers are stuffed with a sauté of zucchini , corn , tomato, onion, garlic, and quinoa. They are slathered in a creamy chipotle sauce or you can use whatever salsa you like. If quinoa is not easily accessible to you, feel free to use rice instead. Enjoy!

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Vegan Chile Relleno with Zucchini and Quinoa

Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

Zucchini Sauté (Calabacitas)

  • 1 tbsp. Grapeseed oil (optional)
  • 1 cup Onion, white, finely diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Ears of corn, cut into kernels
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable stock or water
  • 3 Zucchini, cut into large dice
  • 2 cups Tomato, fresh or canned, diced

Stuffed Peppers

  • 8 Poblano peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded 8 ea.
  • 3 cups Quinoa, cooked
  • Zucchini sauté, Recipe above
  • Creamy Chipotle Sauce (see note)

Preparation

  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot, set to medium heat; sweat the onion in 1 tbsp. of oil for 2 to 3 minutes until onion is translucent.
  2. Add corn and ¼ cup of water or veg stock, cover and let steam until corn is tender, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  3. Uncover, add zucchini and cook for 3-4 minutes, until it begins to soften.
  4. Add tomato and cook for 2 minutes more.
  5. Season and reserve for later use.
  6. Stuff the bottom of the chiles with quinoa and top with zucchini mixture. Pour chipotle sauce on top and serve.

Chef's Notes

If you can’t find quinoa or don’t like it, you can use rice. You can find the recipe for the creamy chipotle sauce here. 

 

 

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Banana Cinnamon Ice Cream – Vegan

I looove ice cream, almost as much as I love cheese. Last year we bought an ice cream machine at Costco and spent the whole summer making ice cream. This year I’ve been on a bit of an ice cream funk. All the ice cream alternatives without dairy suck, and I just can’t seem to get into sorbet. This banana cinnamon ice cream though changed my mind.

This recipe for Banana Cinnamon Ice Cream is a great healthy option made with almond milk. The combination of banana and cinnamon is a classic

This recipe for Banana Cinnamon Ice Cream is a great healthy option made with almond milk. The combination of banana and cinnamon is a classic

A couple of weeks ago I visited Pino Gelato in Hilton Head and I had already mentally prepared myself to eat sorbet when I noticed they had banana sorbetto. I was skeptical at first, but with the first bite I was won over. It was light, yet smooth and creamy. It was sorbet’s fatty cousin! That’s when I knew I had to recreate it at home.

This recipe for Banana Cinnamon Ice Cream is a great healthy option made with almond milk. The combination of banana and cinnamon is a classic

Ok, so as you can already see from the pictures my ice cream is brown, which might be unappealing to some. I could’ve added lemon juice to prevent it from oxidizing, but I didn’t want to risk altering the flavor. It is made with bananas (of course), homemade almond milk, a pinch of cinnamon, and a splash of vanilla. That’s it! Pure, simple, and delicious!

This recipe for Banana Cinnamon Ice Cream is a great healthy option made with almond milk. The combination of banana and cinnamon is a classic

The Recipe: Banana Cinnamon Ice Cream

Regular ice cream has a lot of fat, which is why it is still somewhat soft even though it’s frozen. This ice cream has almost no fat at all, so it will become very hard once frozen. Be sure to take it out of the freezer a couple of minutes before eating to let it soften.

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Banana Cinnamon Ice Cream

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 quart
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 6 Bananas, very ripe, 3 of them frozen
  • 2 cups Almond milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon ground

Preparation

  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Place in ice cream machine immediately and follow the manufacturers instructions.
  3. You can eat it right away or put it in the freezer for later.

Chef's Notes

Regular ice cream has a lot of fat, which is why it is still somewhat soft even though it’s frozen. This ice cream has almost no fat at all, so it will become very hard once frozen. Be sure to take it out of the freezer a couple of minutes before eating to let it soften.

 

 

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Apricot Amaranth Granola (oil-free)

School has started and I now have several hours to myself, and I have to tell you it is great. I will be enjoying this as much as I can since it will only last until I can find a job that fits our schedule. I do miss my little guy though. There is only one downside to all of this, waking up at 6:00am. Nobody should have to wake up at 6 am, nobody I say!

This recipe for apricot amaranth granola is completely oil free. It is delicious, satisfying and perfect for breakfast.

This recipe for apricot amaranth granola is completely oil free. It is delicious, satisfying and perfect for breakfast.

Other that, I’m really enjoying taking care of all the boring stuff while the munchkin is at school, this way I don’t have to drag him to the grocery store or put on the TV while I make dinner. It is surprisingly freeing to be able to just play with him when he gets home instead of worrying about dishes, laundry, cooking dinner, or working on the blog.

This recipe for apricot amaranth granola is completely oil free. It is delicious, satisfying and perfect for breakfast.

This recipe for apricot amaranth granola is completely oil free. It is delicious, satisfying and perfect for breakfast.

That being said, I have been cooking up a storm. Just this week I made blueberry pie, hummus, chiles rellenos, ratatouille w/grits, banana ice cream, and granola. I never buy granola, because I could probably eat the whole box in one day. The good news is granola is super easy to make at home without all the additives, preservatives, and oil found in commercial granola.

This recipe for apricot amaranth granola is completely oil free. It is delicious, satisfying and perfect for breakfast.

The Recipe: Apricot Amaranth Granola

Rolled oats. almonds, walnuts, puffed amaranth, hemp seeds, cinnamon, brown sugar, and apricots tossed with apple sauce and peanut butter and toasted until golden brown. Delicious, satisfying and perfect for breakfast. Enjoy!

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Apricot Amaranth Granola

Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup Almonds, raw, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts, raw, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Amaranth, popped
  • 1 tbsp, Hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon, ground
  • 1 tbsp. Sugar, brown
  • 1/4 cup Apricots, dried, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Honey*
  • 2 tbsp, Apple sauce
  • 3 tbsp. Almond butter

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, almonds, walnuts, amaranth, hemp seeds, cinnamon, brown sugar, and apricots.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the honey, apple sauce, and almond butter.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix by hand.
  5. Place mixture on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper or a silpat.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Stir granola after 10 minutes in the oven.

Chef's Notes

For a vegan option you can substitute the honey for maple syrup or agave nectar.

 

 

 

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Mango Chile Paletas

After packing all our belongings in less than two weeks we drove across the country and finally reached South Carolina. Well, I didn’t, my husband did! I’m spending some time at my parents’ house in Mexico, where the munchkin and I are being spoiled silly, while the hubby is finding a place to live. (Thanks babe!) I have written several posts about my hometown of Acuña, taken lots of pictures, and shared recipes, so this time I don’t have much to show you. It really is a small town.

This recipe for mango chile paletas or paletas de mango con chile, combines mango, lime juice and chile powder for a sweet and spicy treat.

There is one thing in particular that I greatly enjoy when I come here in the summer, the abundance of mango. The variety most commonly available here is the ataulfo. It is an oblong shaped, yellow-skinned, mango that is known for its sweet and buttery flesh. Its skin is slightly thicker than other varieties, but its seed is thinner than most.

This recipe for mango chile paletas or paletas de mango con chile, combines mango, lime juice and chile powder for a sweet and spicy treat.

You can find them at your local Mexican grocery store, Costco, or Sam’s Club. They are in season from March to July. Ataulfo mangoes turn from green to yellow as they mature. When you buy a mango make sure it is not bruised or over-ripe. If you can only find green mangoes, just let them mature at room temperature. An ataulfo mango is ready to eat when the skin is golden-yellow and the flesh is soft to the touch. Once they are ripe, store in the refrigerator for up to five days.

This recipe for mango chile paletas or paletas de mango con chile, combines mango, lime juice and chile powder for a sweet and spicy treat.

In Mexico, ataulfo mangoes are served on street carts with lime and powdered chile, in salads, salsas, and savory seafood dishes. There are also mango popsicles, mango candy, dried mango slices covered in chile, mango cakes, and pastries.

This recipe for mango chile paletas or paletas de mango con chile, combines mango, lime juice and chile powder for a sweet and spicy treat.

The Recipe: Mango Chile Paletas

I have created two popsicle recipes for you. The first one is sugar-free, super easy, and kid approved. The trick is to use really ripe mangoes. The second popsicle uses simple syrup as a sweetener, and has key lime juice and chile powder to make it fit for grownups. Enjoy!

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Mango Chile Paletas

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 popsicles
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups Mango peeled, diced
  • 1/4 cup Simple syrup*
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp. Key lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. Tajin chile powder

Preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 5 hours before unmolding.

Chef's Notes

To make simple syrup bring ¼ cup of sugar, and a ¼ of a cup of water to a simmer, until all the sugar dissolves. Let cool completely.
Tajin chile powder can be found at most Mexican grocery stores and some Wal-Mart´s.

 

Sugar-Free Mango Popsicles

 Yield: 4 popsicles

Time: 15min + 5 hrs.

 Ingredients:

Mango, peeled, diced 1 ¼ cups
Water 1/3 cup

Preparation:

  1. Combine ingredients in blender and process until smooth.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 5 hours before unmolding.

Chef´s  Notes:

Use really ripe mangoes for extra sweetness.

This recipe for mango chile paletas or paletas de mango con chile, combines mango, lime juice and chile powder for a sweet and spicy treat.

 

This recipe for mango chile paletas or paletas de mango con chile, combines mango, lime juice and chile powder for a sweet and spicy treat.

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Creamy Vegan Chipotle Sauce

I’ve been trying to find a way to make a delicious plant-based baked potato, one that has the creaminess of one slathered in butter and sour cream, or stuffed with broccoli and that fake yellow nacho cheese. Remember when Wendy’s used to sell broccoli and cheese baked potatoes? I used to love those! I was also a little chubby in those days. This creamy vegan chipotle sauce is so perfect to pour on top of your baked potato.
This recipe for creamy vegan chipotle sauce is the perfect combination of spicy chipotle, almonds, and a hint of lemon.

 

This recipe for creamy vegan chipotle sauce is the perfect combination of spicy chipotle, almonds, and a hint of lemon.

I tried stuffing the potato with veggies and then topping it with salsa, but I wasn’t satisfied. I found a recipe for a creamy vegan chipotle sauce that would work, but it was made with soy mayonnaise which just didn’t sound appetizing. I refuse to try vegan cheese, because frankly I think it’s disgusting and highly processed. It’s not the flavor so much as the texture, it’s like eating slightly melted plastic wrap tinted with food coloring. So no vegan cheese for me! I gave up on the whole baked potato thing for a while until I remembered bitchin’ sauce.

This recipe for creamy vegan chipotle sauce is the perfect combination of spicy chipotle, almonds, and a hint of lemon.

I didn’t set out to recreate Bitchn’ Sauce I just took the basic principle of the sauce. Who new water, almonds, oil, chipotle, and lemon juice blended together could make such a wonderfully creamy dairy-free sauce?

Yay! Success!!

I stuffed my baked potato with tri-colored quinoa and a sauté of kale, swiss chard, and mushrooms. Now that spring is here, and summer is fast approaching you can fill your potato with roasted summer squash, corn and tomato and top it off with the pinche sauce. You can also try it as a sauce for pasta, to dip your chips in, or drizzled on those quinoa bowls that are so popular with vegans.

This recipe for creamy vegan chipotle sauce is the perfect combination of spicy chipotle, almonds, and a hint of lemon.

The Recipe: Creamy Vegan Chipotle Sauce

This sauce is truly unbelievable. Who would of thought that a couple of ingredients could make a delicious vegan cream sauceChipotles en adobo are a canned product that can be found in the Mexican aisle of the grocery store. Enjoy!

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Creamy Vegan Chipotle Sauce

Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Almonds, whole, raw
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil (optional) see note
  • 1 Chipotle pepper in adobo (only 1 pepper)
  • 1 Garlic, clove
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon juice, fresh

Preparation

  1. Put all ingredients in the blender and blend on high until smooth.

Chef's Notes

* If you would like to make this without oil, substitute it with unsweetened almond milk.

 

 

 

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Prickly Pear Margarita

Have I mentioned I love tequila? I know some of you must be fighting back your gag reflex just thinking about tequila, but not me. Tequila and I go way back, but that’s another story, preferably one told while drinking tequila. After you try this prickly pear margarital you might reconsider your aversion to tequila, at least I hope you do.

This recipe for prickly pear margarita is so good it will change your whole perspective on tequila. The prickly pears won't disappoint.

Prickly pear fruit is native to Mexico and South America, but it can be found in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, and parts of the Middle East. It is known for its thick spiny skin and soft, sweet, & watery interior. There are many varieties, but the most well known are green, red, yellow, brown and pink.  It’s the perfect summer fruit, it tastes like a weird combination of pear, cucumber, watermelon and pineapple. It has only one monstrous defect, besides the tiny spines that line its exterior, the flesh of the fruit is riddled with seeds. It is commonly used to make drinks, candy, or jelly.

This recipe for prickly pear margarita is so good it will change your whole perspective on tequila. The prickly pears won't disappoint.

You can find them at your local Mexican or Hispanic market. I found them at my favorite grocery store, Crown Valley Market Place in Mission Viejo or you can find them at El Nopal Market in San Juan Capistrano. They are in season from early spring to late fall. To prepare them, use a paring knife to cut off both ends of the fruit and make a 1/4 of an inch deep cut lengthwise. Please, please, please wear gloves when working with this fruit. Even though you can find them without the large spines at the store, the tiny and almost hair like spines remain and can get lodged in your flesh. They truly are tiny! Place your finger in between the flesh and the outer skin and simply pull back, the outer layer should come off easily. You can store them in your refrigerator for up to a week or at room temperature if you are going to eat them in one or two days.

This recipe for prickly pear margarita is so good it will change your whole perspective on tequila. The prickly pears won't disappoint.

One of the wonderful benefits of living in SoCal is that a wide variety of tequila is available at the grocery store, liquor store, and neighborhood bar. We usually drink Corralejo, Don Juilo, or Clase Azul, but this time we used Cazadores which is a great option for those who don’t want to spend a lot of money. As for margaritas, I’m happy to see more bars have stopped using sour mix and creating their own flavored syrups and liquors. Did you know, margaritas in Mexico are made with lime juice, tequila, and triple sec or Cointreau? That’s it! I wish I had better pictures to show you; the color of this fruit is amazing, almost neon. This is officially the most tested recipe on this blog:)

This recipe for prickly pear margarita is so good it will change your whole perspective on tequila. The prickly pears won't disappoint.

 

 

The Recipe: Prickly Pear Margarita

I usually like my margaritas on the rocks in a salt rimmed glass, but the sweetness of the prickly pear called for this to be a frozen version. The prickly pear is full of seeds, make sure strain the pureed mixture. Enjoy!

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Prickly Pear Margarita

Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 4 Red prickly pears, peeled
  • ¾ cup Tequila, reposado
  • ½ cup Cointreau,
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp. Lime juice, fresh
  • Ice As Needed

Preparation

  1. Blend prickly pears on low for 60 seconds. Then blend on high for 30 seconds. Strain. Set liquid aside.
  2. Pour tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and prickly pear juice in blender. Add ice and blend on high.
  3. Serve in two salt rimmed glasses.

 

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Salsa Molcajeteada

It seems every time I go home I see Mexico in a different light. Last time it was Christmas and everything seemed so beautiful under the twinkling lights, our traditions so rich, and our heritage great. This time, under the sweltering heat of summer things seemed a bit more bleak. Nevertheless, the company and the food were as good as always.

I’m from a small border town in Mexico called Acuña. [I have written about it in previous posts.] I try to visit as often as I can, but this year for some deranged reason I decided to go in August. Due to the 106F weather, going around town delighting in street food was not at the top of my list of priorities. Instead I ate at the family restaurant as often as I could, where there was air conditioning and delicious free food. What else could a girl ask for?  However i did manage to visit a couple of street vendors before the trip was over.

My first stop was at Chilakas Burger. (Yes, Mexicans eat burgers too!) Their signature sauce is made from chile chilaca, which is a mildly spicy green pepper. The chile sauce and the mashed avocado smeared on the bun, gave the burger a unique Mexican touch.

Next I stopped at Helados Aguirre for a mango popsicle. This was not an ordinary mango popsicle, it had mango, chamoy, lime juice, and a touch of cucumber. It was cold, sweet, tart, and a bit salty. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. What amazes me the most about this place is the variety of flavors that they offer and the way they use fresh fruit in their preparation. Some of their flavors include coconut, tamarind, rice pudding, banana, cantaloupe, watermelon, pineapple, and strawberry.

I made a quick stop at Loncheria el Lechon which serves roast pork sandwiches with avocado, onion, mayo, mustard, pickled jalapeños, and tomato.

Finally after a long hot day what could be better than a yuki? Yuki is just another word for snow cone or shaved ice. I really enjoy this particular stand, because they use fresh fruit to make their syrups. My favorite is the tamarind yuki topped with lime juice and chile powder.

So there you have it, another trip to my hometown described mostly in food. This time around I tried to savor the small details of the trip, like the smell of chiles roasting on the comal (cast iron griddle), the joy felt when Mexico won the gold medal in soccer at the Olympics, kids having fun in the sun, and honestly just relaxing. It was nice to be able to take a break from the routine, spend time with loved ones, and eat.

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The Recipe: Salsa Molcajeteada

This salsa molcajeteada combines pan roasted tomatoes, garlic, and peppers to make a spicy and hearty salsa. They are pureed in a molcajete.

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Salsa Molcajeteada

Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 5 Plum tomatoes, small
  • 1 Beefsteak, tomato
  • 1/2 Banana pepper chile güero
  • 1/2 Chilaca pepper
  • 3 Serrano Peppers
  • 1/2 Poblano Pepper
  • 3 Jalapeños
  • 1 Garlic cloves

Preparation

  1. Heat a griddle or cast iron pan to high heat. Place all of the peppers, tomatoes, and garlic on griddle until they become soft and slightly blackened, about 7-10 min.

  2. Flip peppers, tomatoes, and garlic and continue to char for another 5- 7 minutes.
  3. Remove ingredients from griddle and set aside. Peel most of the dark burnt skin off of the tomatoes and chiles. You can leave a little bit for the smoky flavor.

  4. Start grinding ingredients in molcajete one at a time. Once the desired consistency is reached, add the next ingredient and keep grinding. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
  5. If you do not have a molcajete you can use a blender or food processor. Simply place all the cooked ingredients in the machine and pulse until the desired consistency is reached. I prefer it on the chunky side.

Chef's Notes

Polita has been working for my parents for years. In fact, she was my nanny for some time. This is her recipe, and she likes her salsas hot so be careful!

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The Best Sangrita Recipe

I love tequila!! I really do, and I hate the negative reputation is has in this country. I’ve been drinking tequila since I was 15 yrs old, with adult supervision of course. My parents decided it was best to teach me how to drink tequila properly, before I turned 18 and went out into the world. I never got drunk off of it, at least not until college, which I totally blame on you eager American college kids. I’ll spare you the drunk college stories for fear of embarrassing myself and others involved. Needless to say, I almost gave up tequila. Thankfully my mom started sending me bottles of sangrita to chase my tequila with, which reminded me that tequila, good tequila, is meant to be sipped and enjoyed. Sangrita is the best tequila chaser you’ll find. It is a combination of hot chiles, orange juice, onion, tomato juice, and just a touch of sugar. You can buy it pre-made, I recommend Viuda de Sanchez, or you can make it yourself.

The best sangrita recipe is spicy, sweet, and savory. It is the best chaser to any tequila. A vegan recipe.

Now, let me introduce you to the many wonderful ways in which Mexicans drink their tequila. First there’s the “bandera” or flag, it consists of 3 shots, one of lime juice, one of tequila, and one of sangrita. It is meant to be sipped but can also be shot. It’s called a flag because of the colors reflect those of the Mexican flag: green, white, and red. The shot glasses are not your regular shot glasses either. They are known as “caballitos” or little horses. If you would like to know why, you can visit the Mexican Academy of Tequila for some interesting facts. All you really need to know is that while a regular shot glass fits one fluid ounce of liquor, the “caballito” fits one and a half. Another way to drink tequila is with lime and salt, lick the space between your thumb and your forefinger, add some salt, lick salt, take shot, and suck on a lime. Please don’t call it training wheels, it drives me crazy, yes it’s supposed to lessen the harshness of the alcohol, but tequila shouldn’t be harsh. Surprised? This leads me to the final way of drinking tequila, which is, served in a snifter and sipped.

The best sangrita recipe is spicy, sweet, and savory. It is the best chaser to any tequila. A vegan recipe.

All of these ways of drinking tequila would be greatly improved if you invest in a good tequila. Try Corralejo or Don Julio Blanco for margaritas, the “bandera”, and the salt-shot-lime version, or for any other mixed drink. Don Julio (my lover), also comes in Reposado, Anejo, and 1942. Don Julio 1942 is for sipping, and while quite expensive you should definitely try it t least once. If you’re looking for a surprisingly smooth tequila try Clase Azul, plus it comes in a really unique bottle. I hope this helps and maybe persuades you to try tequila one more time before vowing never to touch it again.

The Recipe: The Best Sangrita Recipe

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Sangrita

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 quart
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Tomato juice
  • 1 1/2 cups Orange juice, fresh
  • 1/2 cup Lime juice, fresh
  • 2 tsp, Onion white, large, minced
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce, vegan
  • 4 tsp. Valentina, Mexican hot sauce

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, whisk them together, and season.
  2. Refrigerate.

Chef's Notes

Serve cold. The quality of the sangrita depends on the quality of the tomato juice, so get a good one.