Day of the Death (in Spanish Día de Muertos)

Día de Muertos is one of the most important yearly celebrations in the Mexico, and is celebrated throughout the country.
Día de Muertos is about remember and honor our deceased loved ones.

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Día de Muertos consist in building private Altars in homes, schools, communities and Visit cemeteries to remember the love ones and bring back their spirit.
Families gathering together for a main reason which is gather with family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

Altars also called ofrendas are made to honor the deceased placing flowers, skulls, candles, foods, beverages, photos and memorabilia of the departed.

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Attention Avocado Lovers: Mexican Avocado Tips + Five Minutes Guacamole Recipe

If there is something I gotta have in my kitchen (other than tortillas, jalapeños and beans) is avocados; But sometimes (most of the time) Avocados at the grocery store are not always ready and ripe enough when we want them or need them, right?
Well, here I have some Traditional Mexican Tips for you:  

How to Choose Avocados?

The best way to tell if Avocado is ready for immediate use is to gently squeeze it in the palm of your hand. Ripe, ready-to-eat fruit will be firm yet will yield to gentle pressure.

When to buy avocados?

Buy the avocados when are not ripped  (still green / very green).
Wrap them in a kitchen towel or Brown Paper Bag and place them in a dark spot like the Oven or Kitchen Pantry.
It takes around 2 to 3 days to start getting ready.

How to keep Fresh Avocado?

• If you like to have avocado always on hand like me, don’t wrap all avocados and place them in the stove. Wrap ONLY the avocados you’ll need at the time, so like that you will always have fresh avocados!

• If want to store half cut avocado, sprinkle it with lemon or lime juice and place in an airtight container.

• If refrigerated guacamole turns brown during storage, simply discard the top layer before using it OR add a teaspoon of Milk and mix well.  

** Avoid using a microwave to accelerate the ripening process.
** Please set up a reminder on your phone  with the following message: “Don’t forget the avocados!!”

Five minutes Guacamole Recipe 

Often I don’t have a lot of time to prepare a full meal or a  and one of my best save by the bell is a simple but yummy Guacamole. Honestly I think you can add guacamole to almost everything!  Try it in tacos like chickenfish tacos, and/or Chicken fajitascrispy taquitos, or why not? substitute those microwave pop corn with a guacamole and chips or crackers.

Makes: 1 1/2 cups of guacamole
Prep Time: 5  min

2 Avocados
1 Lime or Lemon
Pinch of chile en polvo – chilli powder to taste
Pinch of Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients until well combined. Taste Salt and Add if need. Is up to you if you would like to get a smooth or chunky consistency.

Enjoy! Buen Provecho!

Chicken Tacos TexMex - Tacos de Pollo TexMex

Chicken Tacos TEX-MEX | Tacos de Pollo TEX-MEX

*This recipe might not be 100% Authentic Mexican BUT it’s full of awesome flavours “Tex-Mex”, it comes with a tangy sour twist and on top of everything it’s healthy! This is my perfect recipe/meal for those busy days, like today.

TexMex Chicken Tacos - Tacos de Pollo TexMex

I didn’t have  lot of time neither the energy to prepare Tinga de Pollo or Cochinita Pibil de Pollo, like I had planned (in my mind)so I came out with this Easy and Tasty Chicken Tacos Tex-Mex Recipe.

If by any chance you are looking for a quick and easy recipe to feed a big crowd, this is a great option. If you are making it for a party, try to use small corn tortillas, it’s nicer presentation and are almost a bite size. In Mexico we call those small tortillasTortillas para Taco.” In fact in Mexico is very rare to buy or make tacos with a regular size tortilla , although isn’t very easy to find Tortilla para Taco outside Mexico; lucky me, I found them here in MTL.

TEXMEX Chicken Tacos | Tacos de Pollo TexMex

La Receta: 

Makes: “up to 15 tacos” using tortilla para taco and one cooked chicken breast (shredded)
Prep time: 20 min (if using rotisserie chicken)


– 1 Cooked Chicken Shredded Breast (you can use rotisserie chicken without the skin)
– 1/4 to 1/2 cup Hot Sauce Franks Original or Chicken Wings (depends how spicy you like your tacos!)
– Olive Oil (tbsp)
– Garlic (minced)
– 1/2 Onion, cut in thin half rounds
Corn Tortillas 
– Sour Cream and/or Plain Greek Yogurt – to taste
– Cilantro (finely chopped) for garnish
– Salt and Pepper – to taste
– 1 Lime cut in Quarters
Salsa (to taste since the


1. Cooked chicken and shred. Set a side.
2. Using a medium size fry pan, heat oil, cook onion and garlic until fragrant and onion are transparent.
3. Add Shredded Chicken and cook for about 5-8 min in a med-low heat, taste and if need, add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Warm up tortillas and wrap them in wax paper if you have.
5. Time to Start Preparing the Chicken Tacos. Take a tortilla and put a generous amount of chicken.
6. Garnish the tacos with cilantro, sour cream and add lime to taste and if need or want add extra salsa!

Provecho, Enjoy!


Recipe by Val | likeinmexico ©

chocobananas winter dessert

3 Easy Winter Desserts | Arroz con Leche – ChocoBanana – Dark Choclate Mousse

I know it’s a bit late, but… FELIZ NAVIDAD!

I Hope you had an amazing christmas full of good thing. Are you still on a leftovers diet?
I do, although just desserts (lucky me) because, there is nothing more welcoming than a hot bowl of arroz con leche with extra cinnamon on top or nothing more fun and delish to prepare choco-bananas filled with Nutella (“addictive” by the way) but there is nothing more tempting than chocolate Mousse topped with berries, walnuts, dusted with cinnamon powder.

3 easy Winter Desserts: Arroz con Leche, Easy Choco-bananas and Chocolate Mousse topped with berries.

Arroz con Leche - Rice pudding Mexican

Arroz con Leche – Rice Pudding

Makes: 6 large Cups
Preparation Time: 45 minutes.


– 2 Lt of milk
– 1 cup rice (sushi rice is the best)
– 1 cinnamon stick
– Orange zest or Clementine zest
– 3/4 or full can condensed milk

1. In a heavy-bottomed pot add all the ingredients except the condensed milk and begin to cook the rice over medium heat, stirring constantly with a *wooden spoon.

What I do to not be moving constantly (in case you don’t have a lot of time ahead) once starts boiling, reduce the temperature to low and just move sporadicly.

2. When you see the rice is completely cooked, add the condensed milk and keep moving until the rice pudding is to your liking (soupy or rich creamier).

3. Turn off the heat and serve warm or cold with a little cinnamon sprinkled top for garnish.

4. Buen Provecho!

* wooden spoon: very important, you don’t want to break the rice and make it extra mushy.


chocobananas winter dessert

Makes: 8 small choco-bananas
Preparation Time: 10 minutes.


– 1 Banana
– Nutella (to taste)
– Cinnamon powder

1. Cut banana in rounds.

2. spread Nutella in one of the banana sides and top another banana on top. Dusted with cinnamon powder and serve.

Dark chocolate Mousse ©

Chocolate Mousse

Makes:4 large servings or 6 small servings.
(I use, Martini glasses to serve and made 4)
Preparation Time: 40 min + Refrigeration


– 1 1/2 cups Bittersweet Chocolate, Chopped coarsely (I used chips)
– 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
– 3 eggs, separated
– 11/4 cups heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks

1. Melt chocolate and butter in large glass heatproof bowl over large saucepan of simmering water (do not allow water to touch base of bowl) Remove from heat. Stir in egg yolks; cool.

2. Beat eggs whites in a small bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form.

3. Meanwhile, fold cream into chocolate mixture; fold in egg whites in 2 batches.

4. Spoon mousse mixture in to serving dishes (I use martini glasses); refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.

Note: The eggs must be at room temperature for success with this recipe.

© Recipe taken from: – Cooking School Book – “learning to cook, step by step” by delish. Chocolate Mousse pg. 513

Mexican Weeding Cookies - Polvorones

Mexican Wedding Cookies. Polvorones de Nuez

COLD weather + GREY Sky = It’s BAKING TIME

I know, one more blog posting Mexican Wedding Cookies, but… in Mexico these cookies are a classic (at least in my casa) and a great gift idea for the holidays.

If you wonder, Why Mexican Wedding Cookies? Honestly, I don’t know. I haven’t been in a Mexican wedding where they serve these yummy, delicious, melt in mouth cookies, besides, the common name in Mexico for these cookies is Polvorones
If you are in Mexico (lucky you) you can find polvorones / wedding cookies in many Panaderias (bakery store) or coffee shops.

I don’t know about the story behind the name, but would be nice if somebody can telling me, Why weeding cookies? What’s the story behind the name? If you know, please let me know!

Mexican Weeding Cookies - Polvorones
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Avocado Toast with Spinach and Salsa Guisada

In the past month, I’ve been on the run and most of the time I didn’t have too much time to prepare a big lunch. and I’m sure this had happended to you, so next time, you are on the go (like me) this avocado toast may come in hand any day of the week

Addictive and healthy avocado toast, it’s tasty,simple but rich in flavour.
Avocado Toast works perfectly for breakfast, lunch and as snack and it’s kids friendly.


Avocado Toast with Spinach and Salsa Guisada
Makes: 2 Portions
Prep Time: 10 min

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Con el antojo de un Clásico Caldillo Durangueño

Craving for a Classic Caldillo durangueño?
Recipe Here ————>


Let me show you my beautiful country, México

No olvidemos lo bonito de México. No olvidemos que entre tanta impunidad y desgracia que pasa en nuestro país – en mi país, también hay cosas bellas e increíbles del cual nos debemos sentir orgullosos como Mexicanos.
Déjame mostrarte algo de lo mejor de México.

Do not forget the beauty of México, do not forget that among such impunity and unfortunately that happens in our country – in my country, there are also beautiful and amazing things of which we should be proud as Mexican.
Let me show you some of the best in México.

#Mexico #Mexicolindoyquerido #Mexicanproud

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¡Viva Mexico!