Elotes con Queso Cotija (Mexican Style Corn on Cob)

Since we came back from Mexico we all have been craving a nice yummy elote (corn on cob) with lots of cotija cheese, so I got myself into the mission of finding corn and I did! =)

Although these elotes are not the same type we get in Mexico at least we calmed our cravings. In Mexico white corn is the one you will find in any street food stand that sell elotes, these people are called Eloteros and they sell boiled corn on cob, grilled corn on cob or corn in a cup (which is mu ultimate super mega yummy Mexican snack) and there are different ways to prepare them, but the basic way is: salted butter, cheese, valentina sauce! (Which is a spicy super red sauce made with puja chillies. Valentina is the name given to the salsa).Here in this post I will share with you three ways to prepare your elotes: Traditional way, with coriander (cilantro) and chipotle mayo.Ingredients

  • 8 Corn on cob

Traditional Way

  • 75 gr salted butter
  • 50 gr cotija cheese or any dried cheese
  • Valentina sauce or any spicy sauce
  • Lime (optional)

Coriander

  • 75 gr salted butter
  • A little bunch of coriander finely chopped
  • 50 gr crumbled feta cheese
  • Lime (optional)

Chipotle Mayo

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp chipotle sauce
  • 50 gr cotija cheese or feta cheese

How to cook your Elotes

  1. There are two ways to cook elotes: boil or grill.
  2. To boil. In large pot where you can put all the elotes or at least a few, put plenty of water to boil, then put the elotes in and boil for 15 min.
  3. To grill. Boil them for 5 min then put them on the bbq or grill for around 15 min turning them around.
  4. Then to prepare them just rub all the ingredients in the order that are listed.

Listo!Provecho!

Black Beans Tlacoyos with Red & Green Salsa

Tlacoyos are one of the most popular antojitos that Mexico has brought to the world. The origin of the Tlacoyos go back to prehispanic times. These little patties are made with corn dough and filled with refried beans or cheese or any other delicious filling that you can think of. They are not difficult to make and the result is wonderful!

My tlacoyos are filled with refried black beans and then topped with green and red salsa, grated Cotija cheese & sour cream.

Tlacoyos

Makes 8

Ingredientes

For the Tlacoyos

  • 2 cups of maseca
  • 3 cups of lukewarm water
  • 1 tin of black beans in water
  • 3 tbsp white onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 mince garlic
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt

For the Red Salsa

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 fresh jalapeño
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tiny clove garlic
  • Salt to taste

For the Green Salsa

  • 2 tomatillos (green husk tomatoes)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 fresh jalapeño chilli
  • 1 tiny clove garlic
  • Salt to taste

Method

To make the refried beans

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and then add the onion and garlic. Fry for 2 min. Drain all the liquid from the beans and add them to the onion. Fry for 5 min and then mashed with a potato masher. Add salt to taste and cook for 5 more min and set aside.

To make the salsas

  1. Heat a frying pan at hight heat and put the tomatoes, tomatillos, onion, jalapeños and garlic cloves with skin on directly onto the very hot pan, no need to use oil or anything.
  2. Turn them around until they are all charred. Set aside.

To make the red salsa

  1. In a blender put the charred red tomatoes, half an onion, one jalapeño and one peeled garlic.
  2. Add salt and blend until smooth. Set aside.

To make the green salsa

  1. In a blender add the charred tomatillos, onion, jalapeño and one peeled garlic clove.
  2. Add salt and blend until smooth. Set aside.

To make the Tlacoyos

  1. Place the maseca on a large bowl and add salt to taste and one cup of water and mix, then add the rest of the water little by little. Mix until you get a dough. The dough has to be moist but not too moist to the point that sticks on your hands (watch video)
  2. Once the dough is ready, heat a large frying pan and start making the tlacoyos. Get a ball of dough, the size of a golf ball. Working the dough between your hands, form a thick circle and then add a table spoon of refried beans.
  3. Fold the dough circle in half, keeping the beans inside and press until forming a diamond shape.
  4. Place the tlacoyo on the heated frying pan and cook at low heat for 5 min approx on each side.
  5. Then just top them with the salsa of your choice (red or green) scatter some grated cotija cheese, some sour cream and enjoy!

Listo!

Provecho!

Tostadas de Ensalada de Nopal (Cactus Salad Tostadas)

There are two ways to make this salad, the first one is to buy fresh cactus and cook them yourself, that would be the best option as the cactus would be more crunchy and fresh, but if you, like me, live in a country where there is no cactus at all then buy the cactus in a jar, I know they won’t taste the same, but it would be ok. I usually remove all the onions and chillies that they come with, then I wash them very well several times and sometimes I even leave them for half an hour to soak in clean water and the taste of vinegar goes away. Try to do these tricks and hope for the best.
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Taquitos Dorados (Fried Taquitos Sinaloa Style)

Today it is a very important day for Mexican Food Memories and me, we now have a YouTube Channel, you can find me as “Mexican Food Memories” and this is the first recipe I am sharing with you there, so at the end of this post you will find the link for the Video Recipe. Please don’t forget to subscribe and like the videos.  Continue reading “Taquitos Dorados (Fried Taquitos Sinaloa Style)”

Taquitos de Moronga (Black Pudding Taquitos) 

Today is Friday, that means a little bit of indulgence in my house, wine and cheese in the evening and for lunch these amazing and utterly delicious tacos de moronga or black pudding tacos, yes! You read right! It is black pudding, but it is cooked in a way that you would never know that it is black pudding. I bought my black pudding in my organic and free range butcher, they make their own there, so it was very fresh.

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Quesadillas de Champiñones y Tomatillo) (Mushroom and Tomatillo Quesadillas)

Quesadillas are everybody’s favourite, I guess that they are so easy to make and taste delicious, it is one of those “antojitos” that I would just eat over and over again and I won’t get tired of it. There are so many ways to fill a quesadilla. Today I am sharing with you a quick recipe, I am making a a mushroom and tomatillo filling, so I hope you like it. Continue reading “Quesadillas de Champiñones y Tomatillo) (Mushroom and Tomatillo Quesadillas)”