Blackberry Mole

About 6 servings

Ingredients

6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 heaping tablespoons shelled, skinless peanuts
2 tablespoons whole raw almonds
2 heaping tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds (green)
2 heaping tablespoons raw pecan pieces
1 ounce Ancho chili, cleaned, stemmed, seeded (reserve seeds)
1 ounce pasilla chili, cleaned, stemmed, seeded (reserve seeds)
2 garlic cloves, peeled
3 tablespoons unhulled sesame seeds
1½” piece of canela (Mexican cinnamon)
1⁄8 teaspoon [...]

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Chipotle-Herb Sloppy Joes

This is a sure fire south of the border specialty because it is spicy, zesty, and as fresh as can be. It’s also super easy yet decadent. You will need party size buns, too.

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Classic Guacamole

Serves 2-3 people
Ingredients
2 tablespoons white onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh Serrano chili, minced
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ cup chopped cilantro, divided
1 large avocado
A squeeze of lime
Directions
Mash the onion, chili, salt, and half the cilantro to a paste consistency. Score the flesh of the avocado halves in a crosshatch pattern with a knife then scoop into a [...]

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Cumin-Zucchini & Bell Pepper Tacos

Serves 4-6
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 white onion, sliced thin
2 zucchinis, cut in half lengthwise and sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, sliced in strips
1 jalapeño, deseeded and thinly sliced
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt
Tortillas, for serving
DIRECTIONS
In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add canola oil. Sauté sliced onion until translucent, 5 minutes. Add [...]

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Fresh Guacamole

Makes approximately 3 cups
INGREDIENTS
6-8 avocados, ripe and soft, but not mushy
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
½ cup tomatoes, chopped fine
½ cup white onions, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon cumin powder
Salt
5-6 limes
PREPARATION
In a large mixing bowl mash avocados one by one with a large fork until chunky, but relatively smooth. Add cilantro, [...]

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Fresh Guacamole

Makes approximately 1½ cups
INGREDIENTS
4 avocados, ripe and soft, but not mushy
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped fine
¼ cup white onions, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon cumin powder
Salt
Juice of 3 limes
DIRECTIONS
In a large mixing bowl mash avocados one by one with a large fork until chunky, but relatively smooth.
Add [...]

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

Makes approximately 3 cups
INGREDIENTS
3 cups red cherry tomatoes, chopped fine
2 medium yellow tomatoes, chopped fine
½ cup white onion, chopped very fine
½ cup red bell peppers, chopped very fine
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
1-2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 3-4 limes
Salt
PREPARATION
Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl until well combined. [...]

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

Makes approximately 1½ cups
INGREDIENTS
3 tomatoes, chopped fine
¼ cup white onion, chopped very fine
¼ cup red bell peppers, chopped very fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped fine
½ teaspoon cumin
Juice of 2 limes
Salt
DIRECTIONS
Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl until well combined. Add salt to taste.

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Gallo Pintos

Serves 6
Ingredients
3 tablespoons lard or canola oil
1 medium white onion, chopped fine
2 cups cooked black beans, drained but cooking liquid reserved
2 cups long grain rice, cooked
Salt
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine (optional)
Directions
In a large skillet, heat oil to medium, add onions and sauté until edges start to brown or about 5 minutes. Add the beans [...]

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Guatamalan Pollo en Peppian Tacos (Chicken Tacos with Pumpkin Seed Sauce)

Makes 20 tacos
INGREDIENTS
2 cups water
1 chicken breast, skinless
2 chicken thighs, skinless
2 chicken legs, skinless
½ large white onion (half reserved), chopped
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup green pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 whole allspice berries
3 cloves
2 black peppercorns
1 pound tomatillos, cut in quarters
3 fresh serrano chilies, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 [...]

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Julienne of Snap Pea Salad with Mint, Lemon Pecorino

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 pound raw snap peas, trimmed and julienned
¼ white onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup pecorino cheese (optional)
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
DIRECTIONS
In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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Nicaraguan Baho (Beef Steak Cooked in Banana Leaves)

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 pound beef brisket, cut into strips
3 cloves garlic
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 green pepper, sliced thin
1 medium white onion, sliced thin
Juice of 5 limes
1 tablespoon salt
1 ripe plantain, sliced
½ pound yucca, cubed
Banana leaves
Directions
In a large bowl, mix together beef, garlic, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, lime juice and salt. Place in the refrigerator covered and [...]

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Peruvian Blue Potato Latkes

These latkes are colorful, vibrant and have a spicy tang that gives them a special kick.

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Roasted Tomatillo, White Onion & Jalapeño Salsa

Makes 2-3 cups
Ingredients
10-12 medium tomatillos, quartered
1 medium white onion, peeled and quartered
2-3 jalapeños, cut in half and deseeded
2 pablano peppers, cut in half and deseeded
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 1 lime
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Directions
Preheat oven to 400°F. Place tomatillos and onions on a lined baking sheet. On another lined baking sheet place [...]

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Shredded Chicken Mole Verde Tostadas

Makes 15 tostadas
INGREDIENTS
2 cups water
1 chicken breast, skinless
2 chicken thighs, skinless
2 chicken legs, skinless
½ large white onion (half reserved), chopped
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup green pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 whole allspice berries
3 cloves
5 black peppercorns
1 pound tomatillos, cut in quarters
3 fresh serrano chilies, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 [...]

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Shredded Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Serves 4-6
INGREDIENTS
½ tablespoon cumin
½ tablespoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
Zest of 1 lime
1 chicken breast
Salt/pepper
1½ tablespoons canola oil
½ a large white onion, chopped medium
1 poblano pepper, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
3 whole chipotle peppers in adobe, chopped
¼ cup tomato sauce
3 tablespoons chicken stock
Tortillas, for serving
For garnish:
Pickled onions
Avocadoes
DIRECTIONS
In a bowl, combine all spices and lime zest and [...]

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Smashed Beans

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
Avocado or canola oil
1 medium white onion, chopped fine
3 cups black, red or pinto beans
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt
Directions
In a medium sauté pan heat the oil to a medium high heat. Sauté the onions until slightly translucent or about 3 minutes. Add the beans and sauté, smashing the beans with a potato [...]

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Snap Pea & Mint Salad

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 pound raw snap peas, trimmed and julienned
¼ white onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup parmesan cheese (optional)
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
DIRECTIONS
In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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Squid Stewed with Chickpeas and Peppers

Serves 4 to 6
Ingredients
Olive oil
1 cup diced white onions
8 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
1 pound dried chickpeas (soaked overnight)
2 cups canned tomatoes, strained and chopped
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon pimento or smoked paprika
1 tablespoon red chili flakes
2 cups white wine
Water
1 pound squid, cleaned and cut into rings
½ cup diced piquillo peppers
Sherry vinegar
Extra virgin olive [...]

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Summer Squash and Portobello Taco

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 white onion, chopped fine
2 zucchinis, chopped fine
1 portabella mushroom, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon cumin
Salt
Tortillas, soft or hard, for serving
Monterey Jack cheese (optional)
Avocado (optional)
Directions
In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add canola oil and avocado [...]

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Sweet Corn and Crab Cappellacci with Soppresatta, Red Peppers, Zucchini & Basil

4-6 Servings

Ingredients

For the filling

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ medium white or yellow onion, thinly sliced (about ¾ cup)
3 ears sweet yellow corn, kernels removed from their cobs
1 cup jumbo lump crab meat, pickled over very well for shells
¾ cup mascarpone
Zest of 1 lemon, freshly grated
Pinch of pimento d’espelette pepper
Salt

For the pasta dough

2 large eggs [...]

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Vegetable, Bean, and Cheese Burritos

Serves 8

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium white onion, chopped medium
1 red bell pepper, chopped medium
1 poblano pepper, chopped medium
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped fine
1 medium tomato, chopped medium
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup white rice
1 cup water
1½ cups pinto beans, black beans, red beans, or your choice of beans (pre-cooked or [...]

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