Mateo’s Hacienda

Mateo's Hacienda

You can tell from the street that Mateo’s Hacienda is a tiny, hole-in-the-wall place. The restaurant features a bright orange-painted facade, with a small front window just barely large enough to contain a cartoon rendering of a gloriously stereotypical spaghetti Western Mexican, complete with black handlebar mustache, giant sombrero, and armed with bottles of hot… 

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

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After the brunchtime porkapalooza we experienced on Sunday, you’d think a weeklong moratorium on meat wouldn’t be unwelcome. Halfway through this delightful, nutrient-packed burrito, we both agreed a little pulled pork would be exquisite, tucked cozily between sweet potatoes and savory black beans. Not that I mind rocking a vegetarian burrito for dinner, on occasion…. 

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Breakfast Tacos con Chicharron

Breakfast Tacos con Chicarron

I‘ve had a nearly insatiable craving for habanero peppers lately. I’ve been mixing up quick-pickled habanero to ladle onto leftover pot roast nachos. I’ve been spiking my canned Chunky soup with overly-aggressive shakes of Cholula. I’ve been adding green El Yucateco in dangerous quantities to jarred salsa, and then running around the house carrying on… 

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Crispy Fried Shrimp Tacos with Ancho Chile Tartar Sauce

Crispy Shrimp Tacos

This recipe is a bit of a bastardization of a food that I already associate more with California than I do with Mexico. Instead of using a flaky fried fish, as you would in a Baja-style fish taco, I substituted in golden fried shrimp, battered in a dark beer batter that puffs up super light… 

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Chile Verde (Green Chili with Pork)

Chile Verde (Green Chili with Pork)

Have you heard about how newborn babies can throw your routine into a bit of an upheaval? I’m pretty sure it’s a thing. For our first week home, I wanted to whip up a dish that we could eat all week, without burning a lot of thought or energy on preparation. A giant plastic container… 

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Shredded Turkey Sopecitos (Sopecitos de Pavo Yucateco)

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Invented in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, but now found throughout Mexico, sopes are similar to corn tortillas, but somewhat thicker, with a hand-shaped lip around the outer edge. They are fried in oil until their shape holds, getting marvelously crispy on the outside, while staying hot and fluffy on the inside. My first experience… 

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Pipian Verde (Shredded Chicken with Green Mole)

mole-verde

When we first moved to Mexico, we had no plan, after our first two nights staying in a hotel in Merida. We’d be able to find a more permanent place to live, we thought, and two days seemed like plenty of time to square that away. We moved to an apartment in a long-term residential… 

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