Ana Frias is a food photographer and blogger who shares her love of authentic Mexican food with readers on her blog Muy Delish. Born and raised in Sonora, Mexico, her recipes are inspired by her native country and include both healthy eats and some truly indulgent treats. From Papas con Huevos to authentic Ceviche de Pescado, you’ll find plenty of delicious ways to spice up your dinner table.
We recently sat down with Ana to discuss Mexican cuisine and her favorite recipes.
1) Tell our readers a little bit about your background and how you were first introduced to Mexican cuisine.
I’m Ana Frias, a food photographer and blogger, wife, and mother of two. My cooking is based on the authentic Mexican recipes I learned from my mom and other family members. I love to cook for others and regularly host dinners at my house to inspire others to cook as well. I was born and raised in Sonora, Mexico, and currently live in Surprise, Arizona.
2) What is it that you love most about Mexican food?
I think there’s been a lot of misconceptions about Mexican food being unhealthy, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! There are so many healthy recipes that are full of flavor with good-for-you ingredients. I love healthy, flavorful Mexican food!
3) What do you think is the secret to excellent Mexican cuisine?
I think good quality ingredients make a difference. People forget that with Mexican food. They think, “we’ll just throw in the spices.” But actually, fresh spices that you grind at home make a massive difference. Also, adding multiple layers of flavor make the best dishes, too. Think of how you build a taco: the tortilla, the meat, some roasted veggies, salsa, crema, lemon juice, etc. It’s like an explosion of flavors in your mouth that all blend together.
4) Tell our readers a bit about the recipe you chose and why.
My mother was famous for her flour tortillas, and it’s one that is close to my heart because of that. Even though it’s a simple recipe, there are a few tips that need to be followed to make a soft flour tortilla, but it’s one that gets better the more you make it. I hope you enjoy it!
Authentic Flour Tortillas
3 cups all-purpose flour tortillas (plus more to dust when rolling)
1 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp baking powder Optional
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (plus more to coat the tortilla dough) or 1/4 cup vegetable, canola oil or butter
1 cup very hot water
Please click on the link to obtain the full instructions for Ana’s Authentic Flour Tortillas.
Authentic Mexican Food
Muy Delish features an array of healthy recipes that make incorporating authentic Mexican food into your family’s meal rotation. And Ana’s desserts will leave you craving more, from Galletitas de Nuez (Mexican Wedding Cookies) to Arroz con Leche. There’s no better way to anticipate future family adventures in this stunning destination than by trying out some of her recipes. See what we mean now by exploring our Mexico Family Vacation Baja Adventure.