The People's Guide To Mexico

Mexican Recipes

Main Course

Chiles Rellenos
Enchiladas Suizas


Frijoles de la Olla


Lorena's Garlic Soup
Amber's Garlic Soup
Potate Cheese Soup
Quick Corn Soup
Black Bean Soup


Seafood Cocktail Sauce
Swinging Bridge Jalapeño Sauce


Flan a la Gisela
Amber's Flan
Sweet Tamales

Tamales Dulces (Sweet Tamales)

Tamales are a true labor of love. Considering the work involved you'll want to make fair sized batches and recruit help! ...Complete recipe and delicious step-by-step instructions. (more) by Taylor Benson

The Ultimate Seafood Cocktail Sauce

"Dear Carl and Lorena: I became addicted to cocteles de mariscos and desperately want a good recipe for the red sauce so I can try and reproduce un coctel at home. Can you help? Thanks!" Justin

In response: David "El Codo" Eidell shares his ultimate seafood cocktail sauce ....

Perfect Popcorn

Over the years, Lorena and I have expended a great deal of time and energy in our restless search for perfection: The Perfect Mexican Beach, The Perfect Camping Spot, The Perfect Hammock, etc. Now, after decades of ceaseless research and no small number of old maids, we are pleased to offer you the recipe for... Perfect Popcorn.... (more) by Carl Franz & Lorena Havens

Gisela's Flan

This non-traditional flan was prepared for us by Gisela, when we stayed in Ken & Barbara Luboff's house in San Miguel de Allende. I have always been a serious flan fan, but Carl has never liked it. However, even he can't seem to stay away from this flan.... (more) by Lorena Havens

Garlic Soup

Eat enough of this Mexican favorite and it will protect you from stomach troubles, mosquitoes and unwanted company.... (more) from The People's Guide to Mexico

•Chiles Rellenos con Queso

Sometime back through the mists of time, I remember a Mexican woman teaching Lorena and me how to make Chile Steve Rogers

•Seasons of My Heart

Video tapes of cooking lessons: Susana Trilling:

The series is a treasure. The shows are split about 50/50 between cooking demonstrations and "field trips" taking us to peoples' homes, to markets, to farms and to villages. These side trips show the food in context, demonstrating the culture of the food and people of Oaxaca. by P.G. Meier

•Dinner with Doña Mica

It was a balmy spring evening in Batopilas and the air was rich with the scent of orange blossoms. As Lorena and I walked from our hotel to doña Mica's house for dinner, the town's narrow streets were dark and virtually Carl Franz

•MamaSol: Vegetarian Fusion Cooking

Enchiladas Suizas, Amber’s Black Bean Soup, Sopa de Ajo (Garlic Soup), Frijoles de la Olla & Flan by Amber Zavada

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