Mexican

Carnitas Tacos (Michoacán-Style Braised Pork Tacos)

Silvestre Valencia, former owner of Viva Taco Bus in Turlock, California, adds jalapeño pickling liquid to the pork braise, which tenderizes the meat and keeps it from drying out. Looking for more taqueria traditions? Check out 16 of our favorite taco recipes, here. Featured in: “On the California Taco Trail.” Carnitas Tacos (Michoacán-Style Braised Pork …

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Scallop Aguachile with Mezcal and Pumpkin Seed Oil

Traditional Mexican aguachile typically includes a chilled serrano- or jalapeño-based sauce—hence the “chile” in name. For this version, wine and spirits expert Tammie Teclemariam replaces that peppery heat with mezcal, whose savory-smoky profile can conjure the effect of a fresh hot chile without overwhelming the sweet, delicate flavor of raw scallops. Pumpkin seed oil and …

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