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Mexican Tacos al Pastor features succulent marinated pork slowly cooked to perfection, nestled in a corn tortilla and covered with a delightful slice of pineapple. All toppings are customizable, so you can experience the perfect combo of sweet and spicy! Who doesn’t love a good spicy taco with a touch of sweetness? Mexican Tacos al Pastor, which means shepherd’s tacos in Spanish, are pork-based tacos from Middle Mexico. The method used to cook the pork is based on Middle Eastern kebabs’ rotating grills. Therefore, the Lebanese immigrants inspired Mexicans and basically made their version of Shawarma. They’ve changed the veal for pork and added chilli peppers and a welcomed touch of sweet pineapple! Delicious stuff! Of course, for this version, no rotating grill could be used. So we’ve braised the pork meat and finished it slowly in the oven to mimic it. If you want to mimic this grilled effect…

An unctuous Mexican Beef Stew with a touch of heat made with a Mole-style sauce and tender beef cubes served with tortilla chips, corn and parsley. I was browsing the Web last week and saw lots of stews and Mexican food around… it made me want them both badly… so I’ve decided to merge them into one nice stew meal: a Mexican Stew. The two are comforting and fabulous dishes for winter times, but this stew version is double the comfort; it’s a “French” way stew with the usual carrot, potato, beef, and mini French onions merged into a spicy Mole-style sauce for a Mexican flair; adding Chipotle peppers in Adobo, tomato puree, chocolate, corn and some cinnamon, cumin and coriander powder. Result: A fantastic Mexican Beef Stew! Chipotle Peppers The mole sauce is a thick, spicy Mexican sauce made with chocolate and hot peppers. Since my maximal tolerance toward “spicy” is medium-hot, I’ve aimed at medium-hot for…

Mexican stuffed sweet potato is all the flavours of a great spicy taco inside a double-baked sweet potato. An easy homemade spicy taco mix to season the meat, a few fresh tomato dice, crunchy lettuce and cheddar and a final smooth touch of sour cream. After a long winter, it’s time to call mother nature for some sun. No better way to bring the heat back than a nice spicy taco, right? What if we merge it into a lovely crunchy, Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potato? The spicy taco mix goes to perfection with the sweetness of the potato, plus you get some excellent fresh and crunchy toppings and sour cream to make it taste fully like a Taco. Homemade Taco Spice-Mix No need to go buy a “Mexican spice mix” at the store; this excellent taco seasoning is often already in your pantry! A simple mix of cumin powder, coriander powder, cayenne pepper, spicy paprika, oregano…

Sweet and spicy Chipotle Pork Tacos cooked sous-vide. They are served in corn tortillas with fresh guacamole, black bean paste and sour cream. This is my own version of spicy Mexican pulled pork tacos, with a Canadian flair to it; maple syrup. This particular recipe uses a sous-vide machine although it could easily be done in a slow cooker. The other day, while walking around my “Temple” called Santa Caterina Market, in Barcelona. I ended up at my favourite pork butcher and got hypnotized by those skinless pork knuckles/ham hocks. I couldn’t resist the urge to try to make something special out of them. So here we are making Chipotle Pork Tacos! Pork Knuckles/Ham Hock We don’t see many recipes around with this cut even though it’s divine tasting. It reminds me of pork cheek, the taste is somehow distinct, bolder than other cuts. Once perfectly cooked it becomes so…

Mexican Shrimp Bowl is a fun and easy bowl filled with Tequila sauté shrimp, avocado, cilantro leaves, pico de gallo, mango, cilantro and quinoa for a delightful Mexican dinner. This Mexican Shrimp Bowl is filled with fresh and colourful ingredients. The protagonist of the bowl here is the shrimp, they are cooked in a tad of tequila, garlic, habanero pepper and a squeeze of lime in the end. I saw the recipe for Tequila Lime Shrimp around the web and wanted to try it out. Although I add to come up with a slightly different version, so I’ve done a Mexican Bowl with it. Nothing looks more appealing to me than a simple bowl of fresh and colourful veggies, fruits, protein and grains. This dish could easily be made ahead of time and layers in a jar for lunch at work. To Flame or Not to Flame For sauté the shrimps, I…

Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas are a quick and easy weekday dish. They’re simple to make, featuring mildly spiced chicken with a hint of smoke and melty cheese, and served with diced avocado and sour cream. Searching for an easy way to make the kids and yourself happy on a busy weekday night? Or maybe you have some leftovers from last Sunday’s roasted chicken feast? Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas are the way to go! This quick and easy recipe is filled with flavour and approved by kids—what else can you ask for?! It’s served with diced avocado, a squeeze of lime, and sour cream to smooth things up a bit. Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Chipotle peppers are mildly spicy and sold in a can that contains a sensational “adobo” or marinade, making them the perfect seasoning for this chicken. No worries about the heat factor; this pepper is mild and has a special…