Meet the Instagramer: @isabeleats on Mexican-American cuisine

We’re following Isabel Orozco-Moore, a Mexican-American food blogger and photographer based in Oklahoma City.

By National Geographic Traveller Food
Published 20 Oct 2020, 08:00 BST, Updated 26 May 2021, 13:22 BST
Mexican street corn.

Mexican street corn. 

Photograph by Isabel Orozco-Moore

What food did you grow up with?

Homemade Mexican food prepared by my parents. Pinto beans and corn and flour tortillas were everyday staples. Whether it was breakfast, lunch or dinner, there was always a pot of beans on the stove. 

How would you describe Mexican food culture?

It’s full of rich flavours that are as diverse as the country itself. Corn is a staple, used in everything from tacos and tamales to enchiladas and menudo. Ingredients like chilli peppers, tomatoes, garlic and onions are transformed into some of the most robust flavours in the world. 

What are your favourite recipes from childhood?

My mum’s red enchiladas will always have a special place in my heart. The sauce is made with a blend of guajillo, ancho and arbol chillies and a small piece of Mexican chocolate. No fancy stuffing either — just a handful of Mexican cheese and diced onions. 

Do you have a favourite dish?

Chile verde, made from pieces of tender pork simmered in a broth of roasted poblanos, jalapeños and tomatillos — it’s one of the best stews out there. Rich, smoky and tangy all at the same time, the pork literally melts in your mouth and the sauce is so good you’ll want to drink it. I suggest eating it with homemade flour tortillas.

What’s your favourite dish to cook?

Tacos, especially carnitas tacos made in the slow cooker. The shredded pork is highly seasoned and tender — perfect for scooping into a homemade corn tortilla and topping with queso fresco [Mexican white cheese], coriander and onions.

Where’s on your culinary wish list?

Tokyo. The cuisine there is so different from what I grew up eating, I’ve always been fascinated by it. 

Four to follow: Isabel's favourite Instagramers

1. @howsweeteats 
Jessica’s recipes are creative and fun. She shares easy and tasty weeknight meals that always make me want to cook.

2. @lifeasastrawberry
Some of the most well-tested recipes out there. Some of Jessie’s income goes towards non-profits working on sustainable food.

3. @pinchofyum
This blog inspired me to start Isabel Eats and grow it into a business. Lindsay’s photography is why I learned how to use a camera. 

4. @sallysbakeblog
This is my go-to resource for dessert recipes. Delicious treats with easy-to-follow instructions for bakers of all levels.

Published in Issue 9 (summer 2020) of National Geographic Traveller Food

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