Favorite Mexican recipes

From classic margaritas and salsa verde to crab tacos and Mexican chocolate ice cream, here are the dishes you're craving now

20 essential Mexican ingredients

From fresh tortillas to fragrant chiles, here's the scoop on finding essential foods in every aisle of your local Mexican market



5 | Hot sauce. Esparza says Tapatío is the best: “The body is thicker than the other sauces.” By the looks of how it dominates the shelves here, few people would disagree.

Use it: Pour on everything.

6 | Salsa verde. Canned green salsa is a good shortcut to avoid peeling and roasting tomatillos.

Use it: Esparza livens up canned salsa (Embasa brand, for the thick texture) with puréed chipotles in adobo and a few dashes of Tapatío.

7 | Cajeta. This caramel sauce is akin to dulce de leche. Esparza loves the full, tangy flavor of Coronado brand, made from goat’s milk. For a milder flavor, look for one from cow’s milk.

Use it: Top Cajeta Ice Cream Sundaes, or simply spread on a saltine for a “to-die-for” salted caramel treat.



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