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Our Mexican home cooking

November 15, 2011

As we mentioned in this post on keeping costs down, we have been cooking at our apartment a fair amount. We head over to the Mercado Benito Juarez, in the center of town, every few days to pick up things like white rice, black beans, tomatoes, avocados, limes, papaya, pineapple, guavas, bananas, onions, eggplant, broccoli, jalapenos… you get the idea.

We then usually stop by at the largest supermarket in town, Super Che, to get things like granola, yogurt, and any specialty items like chips, chocolate, nutella or salami, that we’re craving and just have to eat.

If you get a hankering for some authentic Mexican eats, or if you just miss us and want to pretend we’re sharing a meal, you can try some of these simple things we’ve been preparing:

Tasty Hot Salsa

  • 8 to 10 jalapenos, tops removed (but keep the seeds for kick!)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, skins removed
  • juice of half a lime
Makes a lot of salsa, about 0.5 to 1 liter, depending on whether you add tomatoes or not (see end of recipe).
Blend it all up in a blender or food processor until it’s no longer chunky.
Variations include adding tomatoes for a red salsa (2 to 5 tomatoes, depending how diluted you want the salsa), or tomatillos to make a milder green salsa.

Tortilla Soup

  • 2 to 2.5 liters veggie or chicken stock
  • 3 cups cooked black beans
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1/2 a medium-sized onion, diced
  • 1 tbspn olive oil
  • tortilla chips
  • for garnish and seasoning, served on side: cilantro, limes, sour cream and Tasty Hot Salsa (recipe above).
Makes 4 main-meal servings.
Heat oil on medium and sautee onion until translucent and slightly browned around edges, about 4 minutes.
Add stock and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat and add black beans to each bowl before serving stock into them.
Add sliced avocado and tortilla chips.
Garnish with cilantro and juice of 1/4 lime per bowl. Serve sour cream, salsa, more lime and tortilla chips on the side.

Tacos Con Papas y Frijoles

  • 8 small corn tortillas
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, cubed and boiled
  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • sour cream
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1 diced red onion
  • cilantro
  • Tasty Hot Salsa (see first recipe above)
  • queso fresco, crumbled
Makes 8 tacos so full that they will fall apart while you’re eating them, so keep extra tortillas on hand to use as backups.
Assemble tacos with whatever combination of above ingredients tickles your fancy.
Variations that we’ve made here include sauteed eggplant, and just the raw ingredients when we’re lazy.


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbspn cumin powder, or better yet, freshly crushed cumin seed if  you have it
Makes 2 cups guacamole
Mash up avocados and stir in the other ingredients.

Banana Pancakes (or, Ubiquitous Backpacker Hostel Breakfast)

I’m not going to pretend we made these pancakes from scratch. They have Aunt Jemima here, too. We just added water (no need for eggs, even!). We did squeeze that orange juice ourselves, though.

Other tasty things that don’t need cooking:

  • Papaya with lime squeezed on it
  • Guavas, quartered (but we don’t eat the skins). Those are guava quarters in the above papaya photo.
  • Tunas rojas — not sure what they’re called in English, but they are red fruits from cactus plants. The green versions (tunas verdes) are not as sweet.
Most mornings, we eat granola with plain yogurt, bananas and local honey for breakfast, with strong home-brewed coffee. Yum!
7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2011 6:00 am

    Gorgeous pictures…food looks delicious.
    We miss you guys…But looks like you are having such a great time. Glad you’re both back surfing!

  2. November 16, 2011 6:03 pm

    i’m hungry…

  3. Aline permalink
    November 20, 2011 9:18 pm

    Ok, all of it looks amazing! The food, the exploring, the surf and Michael’s foot has healed enough so that he can again enjoy the water! Enjoying all the posts. Miss you, Aline & Bill

    PS mmmm…guacamole 😉

  4. karolee bennett permalink
    November 22, 2011 9:27 am

    I want to make all the recipes. Send more. So great witnessing your trip!
    Love & light, Karolee

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