Wine Pairings for Mexican Food
Mexican Chicken Pozole Verde
There are many variations on pozole, a traditional hominy-based Mexican stew closely associated with the Pacific-coast state of Guerrero. Anya von Bremzen's version, a green pozole, derives much of its flavor from tangy ingredients like tomatillos, cilantro and green chiles.
Pairing: 2009 Pierre Sparr Sélection Pinot Gris
Chicken Tinga Tacos
"The chicken is braised in the oven, but you can make it in a slow cooker or completely on the stove, in a casserole," says Jenn Louis. There are many versions of tinga—the smoky Mexican tomato sauce—and this one is especially easy, calling for only a few simple ingredients.
Pairing: 2010 Geyser Peak Winery California Sauvignon Blanc
Akasha Richmond stuffs her enchiladas with squash, mushrooms, kale and corn, then tops them with a tangy tomatillo sauce and rich cashew crema.
Pairing: 2009 Kutch Wines Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Shrimp Tacos with Pickled-Red-Onion Salad
After chef Dean Fearing made these spicy shrimp tacos with pickled onions for the BubbleQ, he served them at his Dallas restaurant, Fearing's. They are now the signature dish. "To me, anything wrapped in a flour tortilla is absolutely delicious," he says.
Pairing: 2010 Terras Gauda Abadia de San Campio Albariño
Yucatán Lime and Chicken Soup
The fragrant limes that are abundant on the Yucatán peninsula make this soothing soup especially appealing.
Pairing: 2008 Rocky Gully Dry Riesling
Red Chile-Chicken Enchiladas
Grace Parisi makes a slightly spicy red sauce for these enchiladas with smoky guajillo chiles and fruity ancho chiles.
Pairing: 2010 Indaba Merlot
Chicken Burritos with Black-Bean Salsa and Pepper Jack
Pepper Jack cheese looks innocent enough but adds a nice kick to these burritos. If you prefer a milder taste, use regular Jack instead.
Pairing: 2010 Hofstätter Joseph Pinot Grigio
This grilled-chicken taco recipe from New York City's Dos Toros chicken thighs calls for chicken thighs in tomatoes and lime. The result: super juicy meat that cooks quickly.
Pairing: 2009 Copain Tous Ensemble Pinot Noir
Pulled Pork and Goat Cheese Quesadillas
Tim Love overstuffs his quesadillas with delectable braised pork and sautéed onions and peppers, then goes (almost) over the top by smearing the tortillas with soft, tangy goat cheese.
Pairing: 2010 Casa Silva Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
Chicken and Feta Tostadas
A Mexican classic with a Greek twist, these tostadas appeal to children of all ages. Serve one burrito-style tortilla or two of the smaller ones per person.
Pairing: 2009 Pascal Jolivet Clos du Roy Sancerre