Cuisine - Mexican
This traditional Mexican table sauce is normally made in a molacajete, or 3 legged stone mortar, but a blender or food processor are acceptable substitutes. Serve with tacos, tostadas, burritos, etc., or use it as a wonderful barbecue sauce.
This recipe is part of a five-part series devoted to chipotles--those many varieties of smoked chiles. You can go here to start reading--and cooking with--chipotles of all kinds.
From Tlaxcala comes a wonderful sauce that utilizes chipotles, or any
type of smoked chile. Most commonly, chipotles are smoked red jalapeños.
This is a table sauce served at room temperature to spice up any main
dish, including meats and poultry.
This subtle blend of chocolate and chile is from Puebla, where it is
known as the “National Dish of Mexico” when it is served over turkey.
This sauce adds life to any kind of poultry, from roasted game hens to a
simple grilled chicken breast. It is also excellent as a sauce over
Fresh salsas are a must during the summer are a great way to use the earliest pods such as jalapeños and serranos. Vary the flavor of the salsa by using different chiles as they become available. Keep a supply on hand to serve with chips as a dip, as an accompaniment to grilled poultry or fish, or with burritos, fajitas, or even hamburgers. This salsa will keep for 2 days in the refrigerator. It does not keep its texture when frozen.
Tomatillos, also called Mexican husk tomatoes or green tomatoes, aren't tomatoes and don't even taste like them. They have a tangy, citrus-like taste that can at times be very tart. This sauce can be used with and on other foods, or can also be served as a salsa with chips.
The secret to this recipe is using the freshest possible ingredients. The more you stir, especially in the beginning, the better this recipe will turn out.
This particular version of sangrita, or "little bloody drink," comes
from Chapala, Mexico, where the bartenders have not succumbed to the
temptation of adding tomato juice to this concoction, as the
norteamericanos do. The bloody color comes from the grenadine, so this
is truly a sweet heat drink that is also salty. Some people take a sip
of tequila after each swallow of sangrita, while others mix one part
tequila to four parts sangrita to make a cocktail.
This traditional Mexican sausage is often scrambled with eggs or served with huevos rancheros (this chapter) for breakfast. Unlike other sausages, it is usually not placed in a casing but rather served loose or formed into patties. Only a small amount of chorizo is used in this recipe, so freeze the rest in small amounts. Top the scrambled eggs with New Mexico Red Chile Sauce . Serve this with Red Homefries for Breakfast and Refried Beans of Choice . Note: This recipe requires advance preparation
A Recipe From:
New Food From Mexico
by Fiona Dunlop
Photographs by Jean-Blaise Hall