notes from the mexican kitchen

And the Winners of the Frontera Scholarship Are…


    The team here at Frontera is thrilled to announce the recipients of this year’s Frontera Scholarship, which awards Mexican-American Chicago Public Schools students a full ride to Kendall College, the city’s premiere culinary and hospitality management school.  The winners are: Luis Lebron and Edwin Rosales, two promising, hardworking young men with bright futures. Those aren’t just platitudes: Luis […]


A Fiesta of Fall Favorites: Frontera’s Seasonal Menu


As we turn our collective attention to falling leaves and shorter days, the Frontera chefs are, once again, taking the very best of the season and making Mexican magic. Consider the abundance of autumn on our latest seasonal menu. Cortland apples in our guacamole. Pumpkin puree mixed right into masa for the ricotta tamal. The […]

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Chilorio Tacos Are the Best Red Chile-Pork Dish You’ll Ever Make


I’m going to declare this chilorio one of the best red chile-pork dishes you’ll ever make. That’s bold, I know — considering our previous #TacoTuesday recipe for tinga poblana — but a home filled with the earthy, citrusy aroma of this northwestern Mexico classic is someplace I want to stay. We’ll start by making the red chile […]

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Make Cheesy Shrimp Tacos, Make Everyone Happy


It’s a simple fact. We all need a little cheesy goodness in our lives. Enter encamaronadas, a crispy, cheesy shrimp taco-slash-quesadilla inspired by a legendary beachside shack in Puerto Escondido. There’s much to love here: Fresh-made salsa mexicana. Unexpected seasonings. Kid-friendliness. Rapid prep-to-table cooking time. But mostly, it’s about that cheese. On that note, encamaronadas are a perfect place to use a good […]

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#TacoTuesday Goes Old School


For this week’s Taco Tuesday, I’m reaching into the wayback machine, back to when I was a student in Mexico City. Oftentimes, I’d have a quick lunch at an impromptu service counter in a garage, where this not-so-friendly woman unveiled dozens of homemade taco fillings in cazuelas — just pick you want and she’d scoop […]