I'm going to start with what I thought was the star of the table, the Carne Guisada from Gringo's Mexican Kitchen. Thick chunks of seasoned sirloin cooked to mouthwatering perfection. I could not stop plucking these little morsels of beef from the pot each time I walked by it. A new favorite en mi casa!
Straying from an old favorite recipe (which I now realize I've never posted), I turned to an equally tempting recipe from El Tiempo for Borracho Beans. Although I didn't like them better than the version I've made for years...I did like them. But how could I not...because aside from the requisite beer...they also contained a trio of porky pleasure- bacon, ham, and chorizo. Yum!
This Nopalitos Salad from Solero became a fast favorite, as well. In the summertime, we often make a fresh cactus salad just tossed with tomato, onion, cilantro and queso fresco. This version uses goat cheese instead and is tossed in an awesome cilantro dressing. My favorite part was the goat cheese...it literally just melts into your tongue. It was pretty much bliss. I'll definitely be keeping this one in the repertoire.
Although salsa is a staple in our house and a recipe is not really called for, I decided to give Tila's Salsa Roja a try because it differed from the way I make salsa, in that they add lime juice and they cook everything down after the roasting and blending. Good. But I'm not abandoning my "norm".
And of course, a Superbowl Party just wouldn't be a Superbowl Party without the alcohol! So, I blended up a big batch of Michelada mix from 1308 Cantina and added some cerveza! I tend to think of Micheladas as the beer drinkers answer to a Bloody Mary. I like them every once in a while...and this is a great version...but I do prefer my beer straight from the bottle.
We all thought the food was fantastic and are looking forward to trying out some more tasty Mexican treats from this cookbook. And while I may have never been to Houston, I can say that I've sampled some of the finest Mexican cuisine the city has to offer!
*I received a copy of this book free to review, if I chose. All opinions stated in this post are 100% mine.