Heading South With Rumba Meats

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One of the most important things that I learned from my parents is that hard work pays off! A true passion and dedication for to the work you do helps too. Now and then through out ones life you come across individuals that share the same passion and dedication. After 20 years, I left world of retail. I made the decision to pursue and learn more about my true passion, cooking! After learning the basics on how to use a computer, I was introduced to the social media world. After the first 6 months, I was lucky enough to stumble upon the Hispanic Kitchen site. The site encouraged everyday cooks like me to share our story and family recipes. One thing led to another. With alot of hours and days spent cooking, photographing and blogging, my hobby turned into a real job! I am currently still happily developing recipes and blogging on the Hispanic Kitchen

In the beginning, I researched many other food blogs, especially the ones written by Latina bloggers. I knew I had found exactly where I needed to be. I had so many stories and recipes to share. In my search I came across these photos of some of the most amazing salsa recipes I had ever seen. They reminded me so much of home with all the same ingredients my family cooked with. I just had to know who this wonderful food blogger was. Her name was Mely Martinez and her food blog was named Mexico In My Kitchen

The more I read her recipes, the more I was inpired. Mely takes the time to really research the history of the traditional and authentic dishes of Mexico. After trying many, many recipes and blogging about them, I found that the one’s that my followers connected most with were the family recipes and more traditional recipes.  And this led me back to Mely. She rarely veers much from her true passion, which is authentic and traditional Mexican food. From that moment I knew that I had to stick with what I loved.   

And this leads me to today, February 11, 2017. Soon, I will be traveling to Dallas, Texas to meet Mely in person. I have the wonderful opportunity to work with Rumba Meats  once again and I am so excited. I will be arriving in Dallas on February 19th. And I will be heading to Mely’s home on the morning of February 20, 2017. So excited! I will be sharing blog post on Facebook, instant stories on Instagram and the most exciting(and scary), live video on Facebook! How does my hair look? Lol! Like I said, it’s exciting and a great opportunity to meet Mely, who I have admired for a few years now. While in Dallas, Mely will be preparing one of her signature and traditional dishes using the delicious Rumba Meats product. I can’t wait! So make sure you follow Mexico In My Kitchen and Rumba Meats Website, Rumba Meats Facebook, and Rumba Meats Instagram for all the exciting moments coming!

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Easy Braised Beef Brisket

Easy Braised Beef Brisket

I was not ready to add this easy recipe for braised beef brisket to the blog today. But, I have had so many request for the recipe over the past two months, I could not wait for better pictures, lol! This was my dishes to share with a special group of women that I have grown to love and admire. They are volunteers and community leaders here in my small town. Every Friday we share a special community lunch. But it’s more than that. I have made some real and lasting friendships over the past two years. And making new friends, good friends, over a special meal is priceless. This is an easy recipe for beef brisket out of your oven. The key is making sure you do not let it overcook. If you don’t have one in your kitchen, please go out and get a meat thermometer. It’s an inexpensive, but valuable tool when preparing roast, steaks, pork tenderloin. It’s a must in my kitchen. Along with the juicy brisket, I shared a big pan of enchilada rice. Go to the end of the blog post to see tips on how to prepare that dish! #foodforacrowd #brisketrecipes


Braised Beef Brisket

Yields 8-10 Servings

5 pound brisket
coarse carne asada seasoning or steak seasoning
Grapeseed oil
2 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons Maggi sauce or worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chile ancho powder
pinch of oregano, fresh cracked pepper
1 sweet onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 jalapeño, sliced

After trimming away excess fat from brisket, season  generously with seasoning mix of your choice. In a large skillet, preheat 3 tablespoons of oil at medium heat for 3-4 minutes.

Sear and brown on all sides. While brisket browns, to the bottom of roasting pan, add beef broth, maggi sauce, red wine vinegar, chile ancho powder, oregano, fresh cracked pepepr, sliced onion, garlic and jalapeño.  

Place brisket in roasting pan, into broth.  Cover tightly with foil paper and braise in preheated 350 degree oven for 3 hours or until internal temperature reaches 200-205 degrees. Remove from oven and let rest  for 20 minutes. Transfer to cutting board and sliced thin, against the grain. Tansfer to serving dish. Strain the solids from the pan drippings and ladle over brisket.

Easy Braised Beef Brisket

Easy Beef Braised Brisket

Easy Braised Beef Brisket and Enchilada Rice

Dress up your basic Mexican-Style Rice by folding in 11/2 cups enchilada sauce and 1 cup shredded Chihuahua or jack cheese. Top with more cheese. Cover and bake for 25 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. Garnish with green onions. They loved it! 

Mexican Red Rice

Click onto picture above to see full recipe for Mexican-Style Rice on site.


Enchilada Sauce Prepared with Chile Ancho

Click onto picture above to see full recipe for Chile Ancho Enchilada Sauce on site. 

Tomatillo Avocado Salsa-The Green Sauce!

Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

This is by no means a new recipe. I have been preparing this recipe for at least 30 years! Wow! Lol! I decided that it really needed to have it’s own space and post. I share this salsa with friends all the time. For many years, my friends referred to it as ‘The Green Sauce”. So to this day, we still call it that. It’s just easy for my friends to remember how to ask for it, lol!   

Tomatillo Avocado Salsa~ Salsa de Tomatillo Fresco con Aguacate, this is always the hit of the party when I prepare it for friends and family. I often prepare it with all fresh ingredients when pairing it with homemade chips. My Mom would prepare a cooked version as well that was awesome with shredded beef taquitos. Go to the end of the blog post to find the link for the Taquitos recipe.



6 to 8 tomatillos, peeled, washed and roughly chopped
2 to 3 serranos  roughly chopped
1/4 of a white onion, chopped
1 large avocado (or 2 for extra creamy)
Handful of washed cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
Salt to taste


Combine all of the ingredients in the blender and blend on high until smooth. Taste for salt. I sometimes will add a tiny bit of water for easier blending.




Tomatillo Avocado Salsa


Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

Taqueria Style Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

Tips~ For a Taqueria Style Avocado Salsa, poach the tomatillos, chiles and onions until soft, about 10 minutes.  Let cool, then blend as directed with remaining ingredients. This truly yields an extra creamy salsa!


My absolute favorite way to enjoy this salsa is on Taquitos/Flautas!

Taquitos/Flautas with Tomatillo Avocado Salsa


Taquitos/Flautas with Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

Beef Taquitos/Flautas

Click onto the picture above to see full recipe on how to prepare Beef Flautas/Taquitos on site!

Embracing my Mexican heritage and sharing all the wonderful flavors, colors and foods I grew up with. Join me on this journey as I also learn new foods and cooking techniques. Dedicated to my parents Ramiro and Blanca.

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