Like South of the Border Flavors? Try 200 Easy Mexican Recipes Cookbook – Enter Giveaway

Ever get yourself into a dinner rut?  Looking for easy, tasty meals during the busy work and school week?  Publisher Robert Rose recently released the 200 Easy Mexican Recipes cookbook by Kelley Cleary Coffeen.  I was given a copy of this cookbook to facilitate my review, and I have to tell you, it has already become one of my family’s favorites.

200 Easy Mexican Recipes Cookbook

I’ll admit it – I love a good cookbook – especially one that showcases new flavor combinations in simple to prepare recipes.  My husband and I have always made a point to expose our kids’ tastebuds to meals from all sorts of cultures.  After all, variety is the spice of life, right?!  The 200 Easy Mexican Recipes cookbook is chockfull of recipes your family can savor.  Author Kelley Cleary Coffeen, a cookbook author and food consultant, lives in New Mexico and has perfected the preparation of authentic Mexican fare.

  Easy Mexican Recipes

Excerpted from 200 Easy Mexican Recipes by Kelley Cleary Coffeen © 2013 Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with publisher permission.

What’s great about this book, is that you don’t need to be a Mexican food expert to get these dishes to turn out well.  Recipes are clearly written, and each comes with tips and information.  The cookbook even has a “Mexican Essentials” section that covers specific tools of Mexican cuisine prep, common ingredients, and Mexican food definitions.  I enjoyed not only cooking delicious meals with this cookbook, but also learning a bit about the dishes and ingredients along the way.

One of our favorite recipes in the 200 Easy Mexican Recipes cookbook is the Chopped Mexican Salad.  My family is nuts about it, as are my husband’s coworkers!  It is a hearty salad packed with all sorts of goodies, and oh, the citrus dressing on top of the kaleidoscope of veggies is out of this world!

Chopped Mexican Salad Recipe
Chopped Mexican Salad Recipe

I also love this recipe because making it got my family to try two new foods:  jicama and Cotija cheese.  Both of these items have become frequently used foods in our home now.  Oddly enough, we now see Cotija cheese (similar to feta cheese) featured on restaurant menus when we dine out.

Chopped Mexican Salad Recipes, page 108

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Fresh goodness and color are at the heart of this fresh chopped salad. A citrus marinade refreshes these chopped veggies. This is a wonderful vegetarian meal but can be topped with chicken or steak as well.

Tips: Instead of canned corn, you can use 11⁄2 cups (375 mL) thawed frozen corn kernels or cooked fresh corn in this recipe. Grilled or fire-roasted corn will add additional flavor.

Cotija is a crumbly, sharp Mexican cheese. You could substitute feta or goat cheese.

Dressing is best served at room temperature.

 Chopped Mexican Salad Recipe Ingredients:


  • 1⁄2 c freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1⁄3 c olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced cilantro
  • 1 tsp hot pepper flakes
  • 2  cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp liquid honey


  • 6 c  chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 can (14 to 19 oz/398 to 540 mL) black or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 c   chopped peeled jicama
  • 1 can (14 to 15 oz/398 to 425 mL) corn kernels, drained  (see Tips)
  • 1 yellow or red bell pepper, seeded, cored and diced
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and diced
  • 1⁄2 c crumbled Cotija cheese (see Tips)

Chopped Mexican Salad Recipe Directions:

  1.  Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, hot pepper flakes, garlic and honey.
  2.  Spread lettuce evenly across a large serving platter. Arrange beans, jicama, corn, bell pepper and avocado side by side on top of lettuce. Garnish with cheese. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, for at least 1 hour before serving.
  3. Drizzle with dressing before serving.

Excerpted from 200 Easy Mexican Recipes by Kelley Cleary Coffeen © 2013 Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with publisher permission.

Buy 200 Easy Mexican Recipes Cookbook

200 Easy Mexican Recipes Cookbook by Keeley Cleary Coffeen can be purchased online from, Barnes and Noble Bookstore.  You can also purchase the book at Barnes and Noble retail stores near you.

Robert Rose Publishers Website

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