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Let’s Talk About Avocado Mayo, Bacon and Heirloom Tomatoes on Grilled Tostadas


Sadly, finding a good Oaxacan tlayuda — that smoky, rustic treat of crispy tortilla topped with salsa, brothy bean mash and chorizo (or pork cecina or beef tasajo) — isn’t an easy an option for most of us here in the U.S. We simply don’t have the crop of Mexican corn to create the unique size and texture for the […]


Bid on Our Online Auction, Win Amazing Prizes and Help Midwest Family Farmers


Starting today, you can help us celebrate the delicious craft (and ensure the livelihoods) of hardworking Midwestern family farmers by participating in our online auction to benefit our Frontera Farmer Foundation. Here’s the link to the auction page. We have some truly amazing prizes up for auction, including a private cooking demo for 14 hosted by […]


FoodTank Says We’re Cooking Change Outside the Kitchen

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We’re in great company. FoodTank, a website that advocates for “environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty,” has credited Rick Bayless and the Frontera Farmer Foundation as one of 24 chefs who are affecting change within the food system. And wouldn’t you know it, right now the Frontera Farmer Foundation is […]

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Picnic-Perfect Napa Cabbage Salad Tacos


Typically, I like to populate our Mexican Weekend feature with recipes requiring just a little extra effort, like, say, grill-roasted ancho pork shoulder, seared scallops in tomatillo-olive sauce or red chile short rib soup. But we’re throwing that formula out the window this weekend. This weekend, it’s all about simplicity. We’ll find it in this unexpected, […]


XOCO Summer is Coming!

Winter may be coming to Westeros, but it’s summer here in Chicago!  The city’s new elevated park The 606 opens this weekend, we have tomato plants growing on the Xoco roof and the Bayless Garden is producing beautiful herbs and greens. We are #tortally excited to bring you a combo of savory, umami-packed Creekstone beef […]