notes from the mexican kitchen

Announcing the #MoreBayless Round 3 Winners!


The #MoreBayless home cooks have once again blown us away. Seriously, the photos that filled up our contest hashtag this round were some of the best yet.  We wanted to reach through our screens and fork into the beautiful pieces of salmon and spoon up that toasty peanut salsa. (Recipe here. Below is a look […]

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A ‘Seductive’ Coconut Bread Pudding


Not too long ago, we made a pan of this coconut bread pudding in the test kitchen above our Clark Street restaurants. The reviews were across-the-board spectacular. In fact, we spotted a few taste testers having a private moment of bliss (if you know what I mean) as they took bite after bite. The secret […]


Xoco’s Next Pop-up Dinner at Revolution Brewing: Tix on Sale Now!

Maybe you’ve heard about these incredible Yucatan pop-up dinners we’ve been throwing at breweries across the city. Maybe you were even lucky enough to attend our first throw-down at Half Acre Beer Company, or to nab tickets for our event at Evanston’s Temperance Beer Co., which sold out instantly. Well, friends, we’re doing it again. […]


‘Mexico One Plate at a Time’ Named a Top 10 Cookbook

Epicurious has unveiled its “Cookbook Canon,”  comprised of “the 10 books every American home cook should own.” We’re thrilled to report Rick’s Mexico One Plate a Time, a cultural tour of classic Mexican cuisine, has made the list, sharing space with classic cookbooks from Julia Child, Marcella Hazan, Dorie Greenspan and others. Here’s what the culinary website’s […]


#MoreBayless Contest Winners: Round 2


You’ve done it again. The second round of #MoreBayless photos — showing off this recipe for grilled asparagus topped with a creamy pasilla sauce — rolled in almost constantly on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Alas, there can only be five winners. The winning entries are posted below and their signed copies of Rick’s “More Mexican […]