Kevin West's simple, spicy carrots were inspired by the many taco stands scattered across Los Angeles, where West lives. He uses the tangy, crunchy carrots as a complement for tacos, and also as an ingenious substitute for bacon in a club sandwich.
Chef Mike Isabella’s creamy, flavor-packed take on a traditional Aztec pumpkin-seed dip is delicious proof of his intensive research. Plus, the dip is darn good paired with chips and a sweet-smoky margarita.
The ingredients are untraditional, but the flavor evokes the essence of Mexican cuisine. Chef Gandin serves the pungent, black-olive salsa with grilled fish, though we’re just as keen on scooping it on tortilla chips for a flavor-packed appetizer.
Tomatillos, housed in tiny husks, make a great salsa verde. Using cumin and spanish paprika, and thai chiles, learn how to can a salsa verde that will be a great accompaniment to any Mexican dish or alone with some tortilla chips!