notes from the mexican kitchen

XOCO: Comfy Pantuflas

It’s winter in Chicago: this weekend temperatures are going to fall to the single digits!  Good thing for Xoco! There is no better warm up than hot chocolate and a churro besides our glowing wood burning oven: well, except maybe not leaving the house at all!  The seasonal menu from the Xoco chefs is available dine-in […]


Deadline is Feb. 27 for 2016 Frontera Farmer Foundation Grant Applications


We’re mighty proud of the Frontera Farmer Foundation, our nonprofit that has awarded nearly $1.3 million in grants to Midwest family farms since its inception in 2003. And we are proud to once again announce that the grant application period for 2016  remains open. To see the eligibility requirements and download the grant application, visit this […]

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Who Wants Slow Cooker Short Rib Tacos? You Do


Just the mere mention of this week’s Taco Tuesday recipe — slow cooker short rib tacos — makes my mouth water. But this recipe isn’t exactly the “set-it-and-forget-it” type. You’ll get to walk away eventually, I promise, but first you’ll have to brown the short ribs (I use the stovetop-safe insert on my slow cooker), […]

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Warm up with Butternut and Bacon for Taco Tuesday


This tangy, sweet-and-smoky, soul-satisfying butternut braise is remarkably easy to make. Which, I’m sure you’ve gathered by now, is what Taco Tuesday is all about. As many great recipes do, this one starts with frying up some chopped bacon. Then, it’s on to the roasted tomatillo-garlic-chipotle sauce, which acts as a braise for the cubed […]

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It’s Taco Tuesday and it’s Time for Mexican-Style Zucchini Tacos


OK, this week’s Taco Tuesday takes me back to my time as a student living in Mexico City, where this mixture of tatume squash and roasted poblano in a tomato-crema sauce quickly became my go-to order at the taqueíra down the street. Nostalgia aside, it’s still one of my favorite tacos of all time. It […]