What is a molcajete? (mole-ka-heh-tay)

Have you seen us serving food in a small stone bowl at Los Portales? That's a molcajete! A molcajete is a stone tool, the traditional Mexican version of the mortal and pestle, used for grinding various food products.

When you crush certain spices or veggies in a molcajete, you can generate much more flavor!

Try making a traditional red or green salsa in a molcajete, you'll really be able to taste the difference. Flavors are brighter stronger when combined this way. You can find a molcajete on Amazon for around $25. Then impress your friends and family with this recipe in your new molcajete!

Next time you visit us at Los Portales, try our Molcajete menu item, delicious meats and vegetables served in the stone mixing bowl.

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Red Salsa recipe using a molcajete

Queso Fresco vs. Queso Dip (kay-so)

What is queso fresco? Queso fresco translates to "fresh cheese", it is a firm, fresh white cheese and is the most widely used cheese in Mexican cooking. It is mild, tangy and a little salty.

It is easy to crumble and you have probably seen it crumbled on tamales or enchiladas. Although it softens, it does not melt. It is not the cheese used to make cheese dip! So how do we make cheese dip?

Believe it or not, Mexican white "queso" is made with American cheese and half and half or milk! You can add jalepenos, chorizo, ground beef or anything else to make it your own.

At Los Portales we make our cheese dip from scratch which is why it's so smooth and creamy. We can't share our super secret hush hush recipe with you (unless you marry into the family!), but we've found a similar one you can make at home.

Easy Mexican white cheese dip recipe