We love the opportunity to celebrate other cultures through food, which is exactly what I’m planning for Cinco de Mayo (though truth be told, I’d make it every day if I could). Here, I’m sharing 4 of my favorite Mexican food bloggers that you should totally be following if you already aren’t. Not only do they all create, share and write with authenticity, but there is also a good amount of history and knowledge about the Mexican culture passed on through their dishes.
So take some time and read through their sites and learn about where they come from and the love and history that goes into the recipes they share.
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Pati was born and raised in Mexico, and worked as a former political analyst before shifting gears to make sharing and exploring Mexico’s cuisine her life’s work. She is the star of the three-time James Beard Award-winning PBS series “Pati’s Mexican Table” and the primetime docuseries “La Frontera.” She is resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., and a cookbook author (you really should check out her newest cookbook: Pati Jinich Treasures Of The Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets because it is awesome). And while her resume may feel a bit out of reach for some home cooks, please don’t be afraid. Her recipes are really not very complicated and bring authentic Mexican ingredients together in recipes that anybody can make, really.
One of my favorites is her recipe for Poblano Rajas and Chorizo Queso Fundido. This is not just a “cheese dip” but as Pati describes, the epitome of an “antojo” which is what Mexicans call a food craving. And for fellow cheese lovers, this recipe will cure any craving you have for cheese. I personally like to make a huge batch of this as a dinner, and serve with a huge salad, tortillas and beans and rice on the side. It’s a fun family-style dinner that you can pop in the middle of the table and let everyone dig in.
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I featured Isabel Eats a few months ago as part of our Awesome Food Bloggers You Should Be Following series. Isabel is a first-generation Mexican-American who grew up eating authentic home-cooked Mexican meals. And like many of us, it wasn’t until she got older and moved away that she really started to appreciate the culture and Mexican food she grew up with.
My kid’s very favorite recipe is this Tres Leches Cake and although I make it often, fresh strawberries usually start to appear around Cinco de Mayo which makes this dessert all that much more amazing.
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Mexico In My Kitchen
Mely Martinez started Mexico In My Kitchen about 10 years ago for her teenage son, hoping that someday he would need it to recreate the Mexican Food his “mamá” made for the family. As the mother of a teen boy myself, I can’t think of any better reason to start a food blog. Mely was born and raised in the city of Tampico, Tamaulipas and as the oldest of 8 children, she started cooking from a very young age. Her recipes are created from her own knowledge and experience, and she makes a real effort to use easy-to-find ingredients. There are hundreds of authentic recipes on the blog to browse, and you can even order her cookbook The Mexican Home Kitchen: Traditional Home-Style Recipes That Capture the Flavors and Memories of Mexico which would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift tied up with a set of Mexican hand blown glass margarita glasses (hint hint family of mine).
Last summer during our ridiculous heat wave out west, I discovered this recipe for Authentic Mexican Horchata and it is a perfect refreshing drink on a hot day. Of course, it also compliments almost all Mexican main dishes perfectly. It’s a fun treat drink to have on hand for kids and others in your life who prefer to not partake in alcoholic beverages.
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Estaban is the talent behind Chicano Eats. As a “Chicano” (Mexican-American), he has the unique experience of being part of two completely different cultures, and brings the best of both to the recipes on his site. While you will find amazing recipes to try on the blog, you can also sign up for his virtual cooking classes where you work through his cookbook Chicano Eats: Recipes from My Mexican-American Kitchen together.
I first discovered Chicano Eats a little over a year ago when I was searching for a vegan Mexican flauta recipe. I was pretty excited to find this recipe for Vegan Jackfruit and Poblano Flautas with a Vegan Cashew Crema Mexicana. It’s a great recipe to try if you are a bit nervous about trying out jackfruit – trust me everyone loved them and there was not even a discussion about what kind of “meat” was inside.
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