Season 3, Episode 1

From Mexico to the World

In this episode, Marcela makes a menu that highlights four key culinary gifts that Mexico has given the world (corn, chocolate, avocadoes, and chiles) and shows viewers how easy it is to incorporate these into their favorite mouth-watering Mexican dishes. Like Easy Corn Tamales, fluffy and delicious...Mexican Chocolate Margaritas, with chocolate liqueur, cinnamon, and of course, tequila... smooth Avocado Flan with crunchy sweet corn kernels...and Stress-Free Salsa, cooked with two kinds of chiles.

Saturday
Oct 29
8pm | 7c
Season 3, Episode 12

Healthy Mexican

Forget about fast-food burritos, heavy creams and fried tortillas, in this episode Marcela will show how traditional Mexican food is unprocessed and healthy, as she whips up four especially 'healthy Mexican" recipes: grilled steak tacos rolled in lettuce leaves; spicy shrimp broth with lime and cilantro; Mexican chayote squash with cool yogurt dip; and a citrus spritzer sweetened with agave syrup.

Saturday
Jan 7
7pm | 6c
Season 2, Episode 12

Full of Beans

Marcela shows how to prepare a variety of heart-healthy legume-inspired dishes, including her Warm White Bean and Steak Salad and hearty Mexican Bean Stew. She also cooks Baked Quesadillas in a Bean Salsa ("Enfrijoladas") and an appetizing Toasted Bean & Cheese Open-Face Sandwich ("Molletes").

Sunday
Apr 29
7am | 6c
Season 3, Episode 7

Great Side Dishes

Marcela presents four sides that are perfect for any holiday menu, and easy enough to make anytime. First, brussel sprouts cooked in a sweet and spicy chipotle chile cream. Then potato croquettes filled with cheese and chiles and pan-fried until crispy. Next she mashes roasted squash and garlic into a sweet puree topped with sautéed apples. And then bakes yams and apples with marshmallows, finished with a delicious crunchy streusel topping.

Friday
Oct 26
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 2, Episode 10

Mexican Family Style

Marcela and her family gather outdoors at a large farm table to feast on Marcela's Jalapeno Roast Chicken with broccolini and Chile and Cheese Rice, a layered dish of rice, rich poblano chile strips, and cheese. To wash down the flavor, Marcela serves refreshing Vanilla Pineapple Water.

Friday
Nov 9
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 3, Episode 13

Money-Saving Meals

There's no reason to spend a lot of money to eat great food: Marcela will make four delicious Mexican specialties that are also budget-conscious: traditional meatball soup in rich tomato broth; Mexico City-style tacos with pasta and queso fresco; chicken with a smoky peanut-chipotle sauce; and Mexican chocolate bread pudding, made with leftover bread.

Friday
Jan 18
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 1, Episode 5

Weekend Brunch

Keep your PJ's and slippers on 'cause Marcela is making brunch - Mexican style! After a long night's sleep, nothing is better than a hearty breakfast and if you love nachos Marcela's Chilaquiles Casseroles are sure to satisfy your hunger. These crispy tortilla chips bathed in a roasted tomatillo sauce, drizzled with sour cream and melted cheese are a delicious alternative to your everyday breakfast. In the mood for eggs?... you're in luck, as she serves up her 'No-Brainer' Eggs Benedicto next, with a fast and easy-to-make chipotle hollandaise sauce. Add a fresh pot of Mexican coffee, lightly spiced with brown sugar, cinnamon and a twist of orange peel and you've got a wickedly good weekend brunch.

Friday
Jan 10
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 3, Episode 7

Great Side Dishes

Marcela presents four sides that are perfect for any holiday menu, and easy enough to make anytime. First, brussel sprouts cooked in a sweet and spicy chipotle chile cream. Then potato croquettes filled with cheese and chiles and pan-fried until crispy. Next she mashes roasted squash and garlic into a sweet puree topped with sautéed apples. And then bakes yams and apples with marshmallows, finished with a delicious crunchy streusel topping.

Friday
Mar 7
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 4, Episode 3

American Classics A La Mexicana

Spice meets "Spike" when Marcela welcomes special celebrity guest chef Spike Mendelsohn into the "Mexican made easy" kitchen. There they team up to put a Mexican spin on some American classics -- from burgers "al pastor" to "drunken" strawberry shakes, cilantro-style french fries to Mexican caramel banana cream pie - watch (and taste) what happens when these two power chefs 'mexicanize some favorite American dishes.

Friday
Apr 4
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 3, Episode 4

Day of the Dead

One of Mexico's most hauntingly beautiful and famous holidays is la Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Occurring at the beginning of November, Mexicans everywhere honor their deceased loved ones by preparing some of their favorite dishes. Here Marcela will host a party and serve up some rich and comforting dishes that remind her of relatives who are no longer with her. Like salmon baked in corn husks with mushroom rice, pork-stuffed chiles in a white walnut sauce, Baja shrimp sauteed in white wine, and a traditional pecan pie made with spiced Mexican chocolate.

Friday
Oct 31
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 5, Episode 2

Mother's Day

Marcela got her culinary chops from her momma but that's more than her sister, Carina, can say. This Mother's Day, Marcela and Carina are going to revive some family traditions and bring out their mother's recipes for the ultimate cooking challenge. Will Marcela be able to teach Carina how to make their mother's Polverones, a sweet walnut cookie, in time to celebrate with the kids? If not, that's OK, it's all about the love and Marcela has a few more dishes to share! First off, Tostadas, the perfect crunch topped with deliciously spicy chicken. Also, another one of their mother's favorites, pork slow cooked in a fresh Tomatillo salsa. Grab the kiddies and gather 'round because we're celebrating Mother's Day today on Mexican Made Easy!

Tuesday
May 12
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 5, Episode 8

Marcela's Family Favorites

Marcela introduces us to her Tia Marcela, her aunt and namesake, as they share some of their favorite family recipes and stories. From one side of the family we get savory Tuna Stuffed Chiles. From another side, the tradition of grandma's meatballs continues in a hearty Lamb Albondiga Soup. Combining Tia Marcela's recipes as well as her own, Marcela makes a savory Sweet Potato Casserole spiced up with Chipotle. Then Tia Marcela finishes things off with her own recipe for tart and refreshing tequila and grapefruit cocktail called Palomas, as they toast the traditions that brought them here!

Tuesday
Jul 7
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 5, Episode 5

Light and Healthy

Mexico is full of incredible and light flavors that will fuel even the busiest of bodies. After yoga class, Marcela shows how she doesn't sacrifice flavor for nutrients when she makes Salpicon, a marinated, shredded beef salad stacked on grilled tostadas, then topped with a fresh and simple Pineapple Salsa. Next, a fresh Shrimp Ceviche bursting with citrus. Finally, to wash it all down, a thirst-quenching Agua Fresca featuring melon and mint. Get out your headbands because Marcela is going to work it out in the kitchen!

Tuesday
Jan 5
10:30am | 9:30c

About the Show

Professional chef and cookbook author Marcela Valladolid prepares a fresh take on Mexican food and shares simple and authentic recipes in her series, Mexican Made Easy. Marcela, inspired by her dual Mexican and Southern Californian upbringing, transforms stereotypes of the cuisine into healthy and easy-to-prepare Mexican meals. Whether serving home-cooked dinner for her son or entertaining friends and family, Marcela brings to the table fresh flavor that fits all tastes.

About the Host

Marcela Valladolid

Marcela grew up around expert cooks and shares her passion for food as a host on The Kitchen and in her cooking show, Mexican Made Easy.

Most Popular Recipes

All Mexican Made Easy Recipes

Chocoflan

Chicken Enchiladas

Shredded Spicy Chicken Tostadas (Tinga)

Tilapia Ceviche

Baja Style Fish Tacos

Mexican Rice Pudding ("Arroz Con Leche")

Dulce de Leche Banana Cream Pie

Creamy Corn Cups ("Esquites")

Pico de Gallo

Mexican Red Rice (Arroz Rojo)

Mexican Chocolate Bread Pudding

Chicken in Green Pipian Sauce

Beef Pozole

Tres Leches Cake

Salsa Borracha

Mexican Bean Stew ("Frijoles De La Olla")

Warm Picnic Burritos ("Burritos De Machaca")

Eggs Benedicto (Chipotle Eggs Benedict with Blender Mock Hollandaise)

Stuffed Poblano Chiles in a Creamy Walnut Sauce

Spicy Refried Beans

Carne Asada Torta (Poc Chuc Torta)

Cowboy Beans

Mexican Meatball Soup

Shrimp Ceviche

Chilled Avocado Soup

Baked Cod with Olives and Limes

Carne Asada Cheese Tacos