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Adding soaked wood chips to roaring hot charcoal amplifies the smoky flavor of these chile-rubbed spareribs.
This inventive take on tortilla soup from celebrated Mexican chef Martha Ortiz is garnished with silky goat cheese and crispy pork rinds.
Tender, braised beef brisket is combined with raisins, sherry, pine nuts, and spicy chile powder in the fragrant filling for these sugar-dusted, savory-sweet empanadas.
The beef cut of choice for California barbecue and grilling, tri-tip steak (also called Newport, Santa Maria, or triangle steak) comes from the lean bottom sirloin. Here it's sliced and seasoned with rosemary, chiles, garlic, and cumin in a tender filling for tacos.
Anaheim and pasilla chiles combine in a puréed sauce for these Cal-Mex—style enchiladas, filled with cotija cheese and black olives.
Lompoc, California, home cook Juliana Fabio includes kidney beans, pinto beans, and chickpeas in this tomato-based side dish, a riff on the Santa Maria—style beans traditionally served alongside tri-tip steak on California's Central Coast.
This fruity tomatillo salsa layered with queso fresco and avocado slices can be served as a side dish or as an appetizer with warm tortillas. The recipe comes from cookbook author Diana Kennedy.
This dessert, layered with cheese and soaked in a syrup made with piloncillo, a type of brown sugar used in Mexican cooking, is a traditional Lenten feast dish.
Mexico's most iconic mole, this preparation marries mulato, ancho, and pasilla chiles with warm spices to create a velvety smooth sauce ideal for spooning over chicken.
Chef Iliana de la Vega of El Naranjo restaurant in Austin, Texas, shared her recipe for this classic Pueblan sauce made with pumpkin seeds and tomatillos.
This long-simmered soup matches spiced black beans with a roasted tomato purée.
Brightened with chiles and lime juice, this silky avocado soup gets an added dose of richness from heavy cream.
Angela Tovar Morales, a cook at La Casa Dragones—the home of Casa Dragones Tequila in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico—gave us the recipe for her classic guacamole with fresh tortilla chips. For the best results, she suggests making it in a molcajete, or mortar and pestle.
This zesty mix of fresh seafood, tomato and lime juices, and hot sauce is a refreshing snack or light meal eaten along Mexico's coasts.
Thick, oblong masa tortillas (named huarache, or sandal, because of their shape) are topped with grated cheese, salsa roja, sautéed steak, and sliced cactus in this classic street food.
This recipe from cookbook author Diana Kennedy is a comforting casserole dense with thin fideo noodles bathed in chile sauce. Serve it with a salad or pickled chiles on the side.
A mix of dried shrimp, eggs, and tangy achiote makes an intensely savory topping for fried tortillas in this simple dish, eaten as an appetizer or snack in coastal Oaxaca.
This clean, flavorful preparation of whole fish stuffed with pico de gallo preserves all the fish's natural juices. Mullet is typically used, but red snapper works just as well.
Similar to tortilla soup, this version is sour from lots of whole limes in the broth and garnish; roasted habañero chiles add smokey heat to this bright soup.
This quick breakfast dish is made a la Mexicana with red tomatoes, white onions, and green jalapeños, ingredients that mirror the colors of the Mexican flag.