Somehow another year has passed! That means it's time for the annual "Best of" list so let's get to it -- I hope you find some keeper recipes here!!
48 recipes were added to the site in 2019 and these are the Top 11 choices that want to be part of your New Year's kitchen routine. About half of the recipes are in the list based on traffic and page views, and half were chosen by me because they are the ones I make most often 🙂
I'll also include a list of the all-time most popular recipes on Mexican Please. These are the pages that get visited most often on the site (according to Google), and some of the entries might surprise you so check it out if you want to see what people are searching for most.
Okay, here are the top Mexican Please recipes of 2019. Enjoy! (Click the recipe name to see full instructions or to print them out.)
Delicious Carnitas Recipe
Pork shoulder really responds to a low-and-slow cooking approach, and this recipe adds in a quick brine to give the pork even more flavor. Be sure to take a taste of the resting juices after cooking the pork as they have one of the most satisfying flavors in all of Mexican cuisine -- at least according to me 🙂 You can drizzle those juices over the shredded pork and crisp them up under the broiler right before serving -- so good!!
Roasted Tomato and Tomatillo Salsa
This one is definitely towards the top of my list. Most Salsas on the site will use either tomatoes or tomatillos as the base, but when you use both you get something completely unique. It has a wonderful flavor and it's super easy to make too.
Hello delicious zucchini dish! Technically, you can use any squash you want for this recipe, but I used all zucchini for this version. I served it up with some corn but you can consider that optional as well. This is a tasty option if you're looking for a vegetarian filling for your tacos, burritos, tostadas, etc.
Salsa de Aguacate
If you've ever come across a taqueria green sauce that is light, creamy and on the verge of being bland, then you already know Salsa de Aguacate! It's a watered down avocado sauce that's designed to be a mild dance partner for big, meat-heavy tacos. I use this sauce with Carne Asada tacos and it's an awesome recipe to have in your arsenal.
I made tostadas way more often in 2019 than previous years -- they are wildly versatile and it's super easy to bake your own tostada shells at home. A simple tostada with refried beans, Chicken Tinga, and Queso Fresco is absolutely delicious and that's what I did in this Tinga Tostadas recipe. Be sure to add tomatillos to your Tinga as it makes a huge difference.
Hatch Green Chile Enchiladas
Next time you've got the option of getting some Hatch chiles in your kitchen then consider making this simple and rewarding enchilada dish. Hatch chiles have a unique, buttery flavor, and if you let them do most of the work in the sauce then you'll be a happy camper.
Ahhh what a treat to have two good options for making Carne Asada at home -- you can choose from this marinated version or this dry rub version. Both use skirt steak as the cut of choice as skirt is loaded with flavor and easy to cook. A traditional taco combo to keep in mind: crispy corn tortillas, melted cheese, fiery Carne Asada, fresh Pico de Gallo, and a squeeze of lime. Yum!
Papas con Chorizo
You can make a wildly versatile batch of Papas con Chorizo and it's much easier than you think! I used chipotles to flavor this version and it's a great option for some epic breakfast burritos.
Champurrado (Express Version)
This is an easy recipe if you want to get familiar with atoles -- these are traditional Mexican drinks that use corn as the flavor base. Combining masa harina and chocolate makes for a delicious, hearty drink that will quickly warm up the bones on a cold day.
I love it when subtle changes to familiar ingredients makes a completely unique dish, and these Entomatadas are the perfect example of that! Think cheesy corn tortillas drenched in a light tomato sauce and you're right on track. The key is to let the roasted tomatoes do most of the work -- if you keep the onion and heat in the background then you're in for a treat.
Spicy Queso Dip
And who doesn't love Queso Dip?! Flavor your Queso with a tomato-chipotle mixture and life is solved. Plop it on any table and it will instantly draw a crowd, so consider yourself warned!
And if you're curious, here are the all-time most popular recipes on the site, solely based on traffic and page views.
Okay, let me know if you have questions about any of these recipes as my stomach is quite familiar with them 🙂 Cheers.
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John W Peters
Our family lived in Hatch from 1964 to now. Minus the cilantro and tomatillo ingredients, you presented an authentic Hatch Valley green chili enchilada recipe.
There are three types of the Big Jim chili. Mild, medium and hot. The mild are worthless in my opinion. The hot are too hot. The medium are perfect.
Also, the Hatch Green Chili relleno is wonderful, and addictive at the same time.
Don't forget the Red chili enchilada whic is sweeter and more earthy.
Hey thanks much for your note John! A Hatch Chile Relleno sounds awesome and will put that on my to-do list. Cheers.
Wow, Patrick -- thanks for the homemade Queso recipe!! It was on my "must find recipe" list. Why? Because at a restaurant in New Mexico they serve Eggs Queso, made just like Eggs Benedict only topped with Queso sauce. One bite and I was in heaven. I'll definitely make your version and rustle up a few friends to share. I can also personally vouch for the Carnitas and the Roasted Tomatoes and Tomatillos Salsa recipes -- 5 stars on both.
Thanks much for your note Diane, so glad you tried that Salsa recipe as it is one of my favorites lately.
Eggs Queso!! Yowsa that is a new one to me and now kinda curious about it 🙂
Great selection! These dishes are absolutely mouthwatering! Thank you very much for sharing these recipes and attaching the links! By the way, I made your avocado salsa and I can say it was absolutely amazing, especially with tacos! And my hubby is obsessed with this carne asada. I make it all the time.
Hopefully, I will manage to make other delicious dishes from your list next year.
I will wait for new posts in 2020! I wish you many new ideas! Happy New Year, Patrick!
Thanks much Anna, I'm so glad you guys are finding some keepers on this list! Cheers.
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Wow these recipes are all so awesome to add to any kitchen!! I am always hungry when I look at what you have created. You have made me enjoy Mexican food again. Keep them coming and thanks for sharing.
Thanks much Evelyn, I hope you find some keepers in this list! Cheers.