Butternut Squash and Bean Tacos

Tacos are a fun way to eat vegetarian.  There is an endless supply of variations for stuffing in your tacos.  These are made with soft corn tortillas, which, incidentally, I have successfully made from masa harina just the other day.  But that’s another story.

So You Went and Bought Guava Paste, Now What?

Guava paste is sweet, but not overly so. It is found in Latin food stores, but can also be found in the international aisle in many supermarkets. It comes in a rectangular brick of about 14 ounces. I’ve purchased guava fruit before as when ripe, it has the most divine aroma. The first one I…

If You Can Cut Kitchen Twine, You Can Make Colombian Tamales

Tamales are a real favorite in Colombia. They are unlike “hot tamales” that are found in Tex-Mex cooking although they may have similar ingredients. Colombian tamales are wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. They are also filled with a combination of pork and chicken, although sometimes only chicken is used. Traditionally, they are served on…

Arroz con Pollo (Chicken and Rice)

This is a Colombian version of the famous chicken and rice. I like to make it pretty and arrange all the colorful ingredients in an eye-pleasing design. I make this with chicken wings.

Colombian Churrasco (Grilled Sirloin Steak)

In some countries Churrasco is made from filet mignon, skirt steak, or beef tenderloin and pounded thin. In Colombia is made from lean sirloin (my grocery calls it London Broil cut) and it is about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. It’s marinated in a chimichurri sauce then grilled or broiled.

Pork Tacos

I recently made my pork tacos with crispy pork carnitas, but you can use any shredded or cubed cooked pork.  Even leftovers can be chopped up.  Go ahead, use ground pork. I like to serve a variety of condiments to serve with the tacos, but you can just use one if you prefer.

Crispy Carnitas

Crispy Carnitas are bits of pork that have been slow cooked for hours, then cooked a second time to get a nice crispy outside. I like to do them in the pressure cooker because it not only speeds up the cooking time, but also locks in all the flavors. I have found that you can…

Mango Pomegranate Guacamole

I have never really understood guacamole. I know lots of people love it, but isn’t mashed up avocados just as good? Just a little lime juice, salt, and pepper? I don’t know, I just thought it weird to add tomatoes and whatnot. Sooooo, lets really get weird and add mango and pomegranate to our guacamole….

Cilantro Pesto

Pesto is a quick and easy way to add flavor to your foods. It is similar to chimichurri or salsa. Originally pesto is an Italian condiment made from fresh basil leaves, cheese, and pine nuts. This pesto is made with fresh cilantro and pumpkin seeds or pepitas. I find that cilantro deteriorates very quickly in…

Aji is Everything

Aji is a kind of salsa made in Colombia and other countries. It is much more watery than a typical Mexican or Caribbean salsa. It is a condiment, offered at most meals, made up of chilies, citrus, garlic, cilantro, tomato and other ingredients. The word “aji” actually means “chile,” as in chile pepper. You can…

Chayote Slaw with Mango Vinaigrette

I like to try unfamiliar ingredients, but sometimes have no idea what to do with them. Oftentimes, if the ingredient is primarily used in Latin America, I still don’t know what to do with it because the recipes are written in Spanish. My husband is Latino, but he doesn’t usually know what anything is. **Sigh**…