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Slow Cooked Satisfaction: Green Chile-Braised Beef with Potatoes and Caramelized Onions


Practically anything from my slow cooker sings with a soulfulness that engages anyone within range of its arresting aroma, and this green chile beef braise is all that with the volume cranked up. It’s meaty, spicy, sweet, herby, all fused through slow cooking into the flavor of a comforting embrace. Serve it in deep plates […]


Holiday Hours at Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and XOCO

This winter, Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Xoco River North and Xoco Wicker Park will celebrate the holidays with special hours and two fabulous New Year’s Eve celebrations, complete with “Best of 2015” menus, champagne toasts and live mariachi music. We will also close our restaurants for some holidays. Scroll down for complete details. SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS Frontera Grill […]

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Spaghetti Squash “Fideos” For Your Family


I’ve eaten those iconic Mexico City fideos secos for years and loved every last bite: toasted vermicelli pasta simmered with roasted tomatoes, smoky chipotle chile, chorizo sausage, plus dollops of crema, cubes of rich avocado and, oh yeah, that final punch of umami: Mexican añejo cheese. OK, so that’s not exactly an everyday dish. But when you replace the […]

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Squash Soup For Your Trick-or-Treating Brood

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With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, it’s a good time to make a big batch of soup that can feed your brood as they trickle in from a night of trick-or-treating. Here’s one that’s seasonal, nurturing and really good — no steaming iron cauldron required. I’m calling for kuri squash here — it matches so well […]


Now Accepting 2016 Frontera Farmer Foundation Grant Applications


We’re mighty proud of the Frontera Farmer Foundation, our nonprofit that has awarded nearly $1.3 million in grants to Midwest family farms since its inception in 2003. And we are proud to once again announce that the grant application period for 2016  is officially open. To see the eligibility requirements and download the grant application, visit […]