Episode 102: Foods of the Revolution

If you’re fighting a war, how do you cook food on the run? What sort of meals can you make around ranches, porches, and rustic bonfires? What might Pancho Villa or Emiliano Zapata have eaten? This episode looks at the culinary legacy of the Mexican Revolution, with recipes that include:

  • Finally, traditional mexican recipes. I happen to see your show for the first time today and loved how you showed us how to make the food in a slow enough way that I could actually keep up. I hope you stick to traditional recipes there are so many people who really want to learn how to make it right.

    • Pati Jinich

      Many thanks for your comments… I will! Send along any cravings that you have : )

  • I love bacon, I love chorizo, never occurred to me to mix them together. Wonderful dish Pati! I love your show too, its become one of my favorite cooking shows.

    • Pati Jinich

      Thank you Homero!!! Oh yes: chorizo and bacon make a rocking duo : )

  • Thanks for sharing your recipes. Saw your show for the first time and everything looks so delicious!

  • Matriarchy

    Made the Chilorio tonight, and it was great! Trying the beans later this week. I love having a guide to real Mexican food. Your cooking/teaching style made it easy for me to find the ingredients and feel confident about being successful. It was actually all food I already had on hand – even the ancho chilies – but I feel like I am seeing everyday food that Mexican families eat – not Americanized versions from fast food chains. It feels like real food that real people cook for dinner.

  • Watching your show for the 1st time! “foods of the Mexican Revolution” love it !!! Can t wait to try the recipes …TYVM!!

  • growing up in tucson,az i have grown up around mexican cooking and so appreciate your show! just like down home here! thx!

  • Pati,I saw your show on WKNO Memphis for the first time last night…have to seek out Mexican grocery here in Memphis!That burrito looked crazy beautiful!

    • Pati Jinich

      Hola Scott, I wish you luck finding a local Mexican grocery store. I hope you find it soon so you can start cooking away!

      • Is it ancho chiles?There is a mercado here in Memphis,haven’t been there yet.

  • Finding your show on PBS has been this summer’s hidden delight.
    I’ve tried two recipes so far and they are delightful. Today, the anise flavored cookies to go into rotation with my Anise biscotti.
    We are fortunate to have several Mexican grocery stores in Knoxville TN and I grow my own tomatillos (which made my discovery of your ‘fast’ mole using tomatillos a delight. (I just happened to have Ceylon Cinnamon in my larder as I really like it in winter in my oatmeal.)
    My poblanos are just coming in now so I am searching your page for rellenos or other poblano dishes.

    • Pati Jinich

      Ann, I find it truly exciting that you grow your own tomatillos. What a treat! I am so thrilled you have been enjoying the show. I hope you continue to find recipes that you love, and I promise an exciting second season will follow!

  • Watched your show for the first time and LOVED the historical context. What an interesting and different take on the Mexican Revolution! Can’t wait to try the recipes! Bravo!

    • Pati Jinich

      Thank you so much Josie. I am so passionate about knowing the historical aspect through which many of these meals were created. I think it just adds an incredible amount of flavor to each dish!

  • Hi Patti,
    I loved this episode! I want to make the charro beans, which looked so gooooood! Any recommendations on where to buy good chorizo in DC? Thanks 🙂

    • Pati Jinich

      Thank you Vania! Yes, my favorite brand of chorizo is Logan’s Mexican chorizo. Logan’s is a local business in the metro DC area so, you should be able to find it at various stores. Here is their website, and you can contact them to see what store nearest you carries it http://www.logansausage.com/. I definitely know Panam Grocery on 14th has it (that’s where I go for mine 🙂 ).

  • This was a wonderful dish and easy to prepare. We used pinto beans. Thanks Patti.

  • For the first step in the chilorio, about how long do you braise the pork chunks in the liquid–are you talking 20-30 minutes or more like two hours? Can you give an estimate for that step?

  • Saw your show for the first time out of Nashville and I am going to make the Cowboy Charro Beans this weekend. You have a great show and it shows that you enjoy what you are doing.

  • Barbara

    Pati, I have a Mexican daughter-in-law, who has taught me how to make posole! We love it and everyone cleans up their plates for sure when we make it. Now I am going to surprise her with the Chilorio Burritas!
    I saw your show last night and braising the pork in Orange juice just knocks me out…I can’t wait until she comes again with the family and I have the Chilorio Burritas already for them…and of course I will make the
    anise ropes too as I can make them way ahead of time. They will be my Christmas cookies this year!.
    Good hearty, easy to fix food everyone loves and its not expensive either…that’s doin’ it right!

    • Pati

      Thank you for your lovely message, Barbara! I hope your daughter in law and the entire family likes all of these recipes. Thank you for trying them out.