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Tried & True Tamales

There are seemingly as many styles of tamales as there are regions in Mexico, each steaming heap of fresh masa flavored in myriad ways. We'll see the iconic corn-husked versions at the casual Tamales Teresita, as well as the denser, banana-leaf-wrapped Chiapanecos style, sold by a family outside the historic San Juan Bautisa church. Then Rick steps through the classic Central-style tamales, and at home prepares a surprising sweet corn tamale.

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All In for Albondingas

Did you know the humble little meatball has a starring role in the Mexican kitchen? In this episode, Rick sees traditional versions of albondingas in the old-school Bar Mancera and modern versions in hipster haven Cicatriz. There's even a meatball torta thrown in for good measure. And because sometimes a "best-ever" recipe needs to be something that gets to the table quickly, Rick makes crowd-pleasing versions suitable for weeknight cooking.

  • 2019-06-27T04:30:00-07:00
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Mole Is Mexico's Mother Sauce

San Pedro Atocpan is a small town that produces some 60 percent of the mole eaten in all of Mexico, and Rick is pretty much the perfect tour guide to show us around. We'll see mole in its many mouthwatering forms, including the elegant mole madre at Enrique Olvera's Pujol. In his Mexico City kitchen, Rick leads a lesson in red mole making. In Chicago, he makes a herbacious mole verde with fish that will make you the hero of the kitchen.

  • 2019-07-04T04:30:00-07:00
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A Tour of Tacos Al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor are Mexico City's most iconic taco, all red chile-marinated pork roasting slowly on a vertical spit and sliced with glistening pineapple into a warm corn tortilla. Rick offers a glimpse of the bustling city's taco culture, from busy daytime eateries to late-night vendors. No trompo? No problem. Rick makes a version on his grill that will please al pastor purists, then it's back to Chicago for grill-roasted black cod al pastor.

  • 2019-07-11T04:30:00-07:00
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Chilaquiles, Comforting and Classic

Chilaquiles are not just for hangovers, you know. Served everywhere from the regal downtown restaurant El Cardenal to the hipster haven Chilakillers, chilaquiles are a mainstay of Mexico City menus. But they're also easy to achieve at home. Rick's version, redolent with tangy tomatillo sauce, will be your next favorite "anytime" recipe. In Chicago, the traditional chilaquiles get an elegant touch with fried butternut strips and an earthy, complex pasilla chile sauce.

  • 2019-07-18T04:30:00-07:00
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