notes from the mexican kitchen

Cook #MoreBayless, Win an Autographed Cookbook


One of great joys of my life is seeing the pics my Twitter followers post after they’ve cooked something from one of my books of TV shows. There are hundreds of examples: carnitas, grilled lamb chops, crema de elote, chocolate souflee and so many more. All of that got me thinking: I’d like to see what you’ll do with […]

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A Roasted Tomatillo Enchiladas Recipe to Know by Heart


Here’s a sure-fire comfort food recipe to keep in your back pocket: Roasted Tomatillo Enchiladas. It’s the perfect balance of flavor — corn tortillas and the fillings provide toothsome texture, tomatillo sauce brings the brightness, Mexican cheese supplies the savory and onions and cilantro furnish the freshness. The best part? This dish comes together fairly […]

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“More Mexican Everyday” Preview: Slow Roasted Ancho Pork Shoulder


My latest book, “More Mexican Everyday,” is all about delicious simplicity. So why in the world would I include a recipe for pork shoulder that’s marinated overnight, then slow-roasted for hours on the grill? The answer is simple: it’s really good. Plus, it’s really not that difficult. All it takes is a little planning ahead and some regular basting to […]


Spicy Tacos + Local Beer = Xoco Bistro Pop-Up Dinners


This spring, Xoco brings its “Yucatan Pop-Up Series” to some of our favorite Chicago breweries for a three-course dinner. The beer-themed dinners will take place at Half Acre, Temperance Beer Company and Revolution Brewing, where brewmasters will pair craft beers with Xoco Bistro’s spicy menu inspired by the Yucatan, where the flavors of achiote, citrus, […]


An Honor to be Nominated

We are positively buzzing today. The James Beard Foundation has nominated Topolobampo as one of five finalists for its “Outstanding Service” Award. We’re in remarkably good company: The Barn at Blackberry Farm (Walland, Tenn.), Marea (New York City), Quince (San Francisco) and Restaurant August (New Orleans) have also been named finalists. And the good news […]