“Ajuaaaa!” Don’t mind me while I scream in a very northern Mexican fashion. Perhaps it’s the kick in this salsa I’m
drinking eating that’s making me extra festive!
Growing up as a Mexican-American living in the Chicago area, I had the absolute best of both food worlds. Whether I had the pleasure of eating enchiladas, tacos de papa, tamales, deep dish pizza,
a charbroiled cheeseburger or one of my all time favorite foods enchiladas potosinas, I was spoiled with some pretty damn good meals throughout my child and adulthood.
(Side note: the last of those dishes, enchiladas potosinas, is solely reserved for Christmas and Christmas only. They are then vehemently frozen soon thereafter to have a hit of them whenever cravings strike throughout the year.)
Unfortunately, for me the days of countless amounts of cheese, corn and sazon are over. My body has reached it’s limit and I’m very careful about what I put in it. Never fear! I plan to recreate a lot of these nostalgic-inducing meals, but without the ingredients that tend to cause problems for many.
If you’re anything like me, you want variety in your meals. I personally refuse to have the same boring “healthy” food every day. I want flavor. I want to feel like I’m traveling to a new country with every meal. And, dammit, I want all of those things now! So, sit back, grab your favorite chip (kale or otherwise) and read on, cause you’re in for a treat. In this post and all over the blog, you’ll find new and invigorating recipes along with short anecdotes that will make your traveling heart pitter patter and make your mouth salivate. I hope you enjoy!
The recipe I’ve chosen for my inaugural post is one that I am well known for. You don’t understand. It’s a pretty big deal. But first, I need to give credit where credit is due. You see, I learned this recipe from my dad and mom – mostly my dad. I’ve been watching Leonardo make this salsa my whole life. It’s pretty amazing what you can pick up as a kid.
If you don’t know many home cooks, I’ll tell you one thing about them: they have NO RECIPES. No one writes anything down and you’re left to wonder what exactly is in this? After years of attempts and also never writing the perfect recipe down myself (until now, of course), I’ve nailed it down.
The recipe below is a nod to my childhood, as well as to all the people that have continuously praised Leonardo’s (and then my) salsa, and, of course, to everyone that has ever asked me for the recipe. Here it is, finally! I hope it brings you as much happiness, watery eyes, and runny noses as it has to me.