notes from the mexican kitchen

Frontera’s Late Summer Menu is Full of Seasonal Surprises


Like so many of Frontera’s guests over the years, let’s start with the guacamole. Specifically, let’s talk about our “summer guacamole,” topped with a spectacular array of additions from local farms: cubes of compressed (that’s super-flavorful) watermelon, crisp cucumber, cooling mint and floral habanero chile. It’s a dish that’s indicative of the late summer harvest […]

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Street Corn and Scallops: A Match Made in #TacoTuesday Heaven


We’ve all seen kids in a candy store, right? Well, that’s me at my late-August farmers market, surrounded by Midwest sweet corn, giddy with possibilities. For today’s edition of Taco Tuesday, we’re putting an unexpected twist on classic Mexican street corn — you know, that mouthwatering ear of grilled corn slathered with mayonnaise, dusted with crumbly […]

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A Fiery Feast: Grilled Catfish Tacos with Habanero Mayo


It happens this time every year. My habanero plant is LOADED with those fiery, floral  chiles — way more than anyone could reasonably consume. It might happen to you, too. Well-intentioned neighbors drop by with a basket full from their own gardens. Heck, even if you bring back a big handful from the grocery store, that’s […]

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The Perfect Steak Taco


Let’s say it all together: Summer taco party. Your friends are over, the beer is flowing and everyone’s hungry. And, like it or not, they’re expecting something good. They’re probably expecting steak tacos. So … what kind of steak tacos are you going to make? You have several options — skirt steak, or flank steak or minute […]


XOCO is Celebrating the Height of the Summer Season!

This time of year, deliveries into XOCO from local farmers simply drive our chefs wild. Seriously, the look on their faces is amazing. Even better is what they do with all of those beautiful, fresh-from-the-farm fruit and vegetables. And therein lies the inspiration for our latest seasonal menu celebrating the height of the growing season. […]