How To Make Chili Two Ways

If this isn't the least-precise recipe you've ever seen, it probably wins the title among things I've posted here. The reason is I've finally really accepted that there is no single perfect chili recipe. There are as many ways to make good chili as there are ways to serve it: Over nachos, in a bread bowl, on a hot dog, with sour cream and fresh veggies on top, with crackers, etc. etc. etc. For this batch, I wanted two kinds of chili, and didn't want to use two pots to do it. So with one pot, … [Read more...]

How To Make Chicken Fajitas

I seem to be a steak snob. The last time I made steak fajitas I finally got them "right". They had to have the cilantro and lime juice. That what I had been missing, that really made them taste like they do at all the Mexican restaurants. Well, I forgot to get the lime. And I thought I had cilantro, but I didn't. So these chicken fajitas didn't get either. And you know what? I didn't miss it at all. Does that say more about the fajitas, or about me? … [Read more...]

How To Make Steak Fajitas

I've finally nailed my fajita recipe. This has been my go-to dish at Mexican restaurants for years, like ordering spaghetti and meatballs at an Italian restaurant: If they can't get this right, they can't get anything right. Funny thing is, I could never get it right myself. Until now. … [Read more...]

How To Make Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo is not salsa. It looks like mostly the same ingredients, and it is. But the proportions are completely different. This is not a sauce -- salsa is just the Spanish word for sauce, after all -- it's more like a salad. A fresh, zesty, simple salad that is great on its own, and makes lots of other dishes even better. … [Read more...]

Chicken Nachos with Mango Salsa

I'm pretty sure my grandmother never ate nachos, much less made them. And I'd be willing to bet she never saw a whole mango. But this recipe hits all the important points: it's all from scratch, with fresh ingredients, and it tastes at least as good as it looks. As I said in the mango salsa recipe, this dish was inspired by the Leftover Queen's Royal Foodie Joust for May 2008. Next time I make it, it'll just be because it's so darn good. … [Read more...]