Mexican Made Easy

Hosted by Marcela Valladolid
Fridays 1:30|12:30c
Mexican Made Easy with Marcela Valladolid

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Marcela shares her simple techniques and no-fuss recipes for flavorful, authentic and fun Mexican favorites like Chiles Rellenos and Baja-Style Fish Tacos.

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  • Calling all sweet tooths! Indulge as Marcela makes a menu of one mouthwatering Mexican dessert after another. From a decadent and delightful tres leches cake and chocolate-filled cinnamon-dusted churros to Mexican caramel pastries and marzipan, these '"dulce delights" make up a sweet menu to remember.

  • 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 sautéed in white wine, and a traditional pecan pie made with spiced Mexican chocolate.

  • Marcela has the perfect playbook for putting together Mexican-themed snacks for the big game. First up, Marcela’s classic Game-Winning Guacamole with Fresh-Baked Tortilla Chips. Her Smokin’ Shrimp Skewers marinated in smoky chipotle sauce and her honey glazed Sweet & Spicey Drumettes brushed with a chile ancho and pecan sauce, round out the line-up. Marcela then makes a batch of refreshing Micheladas, cold beer served in chilled mugs with a little salt and lime juice thrown in.

  • Marcela cooks for the soul with these classic Mexican favorites like a Classic Tortilla Soup garnished with fried or baked tortilla strips, smoked chiles, avocado, cheese, cilantro and lime. Next she prepares Stuffed Poblano Chiles ("Chile Rellenos"), a hearty and traditional Mexican dish. For dessert, it's Mexican Rice Pudding ("Arroz con Leche") redolent of cinnamon, vanilla and raisins.

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  • Oaxaca is one of Marcela's favorite places in all of Mexico, and today she's showing us everything she loves about that city and its fascinating culinary traditions! Talk of food in Oaxaca always starts with Mole Negro, the quintessential sauce famous for its richness and layers of flavor. Next up, Tlayudas, a popular street food which is a kind of Mexican Pizza. Finally, a classic dish with a twist, Oaxacan marinated cheese. Done with fragrant herbs, it's great as an appetizer or for a party! Enjoy the trip as Marcela takes us through these dishes today on Mexican Made Easy.

About the Host

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.

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.

More About Mexican Made Easy

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.

Recipes from the Show