notes from the mexican kitchen
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It’s Christmas at Frontera!

An extra dessert here, a Champagne toast there. The holiday spirit is in abundance at Frontera. And it is pure magic. Our chef team has added quite a few new seasonal dishes to spread the cheer. Check them out above. Or, way better, make a reservation and spend a little bit of your holidays with […]

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Bistec Encebollado: A Mexican Classic, Adapted for Taco Tuesday

Bistec encebollado is an ideal weeknight taco preparation, one that turns a couple of common ingredients—beef and onions—into a satisfying meal. But you need to get the right kind of meat. What’s called bistec in the Mexican markets is typically thinly cut from the round, meaning it can be seared quickly and then chopped. You never notice that […]

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XOCO is Full of Homey Holiday Happenings

It’s downright magical in Chicago. A chill has moved into the air as the city’s holiday lights begin to twinkle. And while our minds are focused squarely on the holiday season, we still gotta eat. Here at XOCO we are (literally) ready to deliver you our latest seasonal menu, one that features a wonderful array of […]

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It’s Time for Tongue Tacos

Whole animal cooking is trendy and all, popular like it was just discovered. But the truth is that it’s been done everywhere, all over the world, yes, especially in Mexico. Which brings me to beef tongue, one of the most beloved traditional dishes practically anywhere —well, except modern America. What’s going on? I mean, the […]

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Persimmons and Pork? It’s Happening on #TacoTuesday

 For me, persimmons are one of those under-the-radar wonders of the fall harvest. Mild, beguiling sweet, they’re a staple on the late-fall dessert menus of our Chicago restaurants. Here, though, we’re taking a turn for the savory — I think you’ll find them a fun, fruity compliment to the smoky butterflied pork. When shopping for […]