I f you love Mexican food, you’re not alone. Half of all Americans eat it at least once a month. And they’re turning on to a different kind of Mexican cooking—lighter, brighter and full of fresh flavor—thanks to chefs like Aarón Sánchez. You can watch Sánchez (whose Johnny Sánchez restaurants, co-owned with chef John Besh, are popular in Baltimore and New Orleans) on the new season of Master Chef, which premiered this week. (Catch new episodes every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.)
Inspired by flavors of the Yucatan, our featured recipe is Sánchez’s riff on ceviche: raw seafood cooked in an acidic marinade. His vibrant combo of citrus, coconut milk, peppers, onions, cilantro and quickly boiled shrimp delivers plenty of Mexican punch. And if you’re really in the mood, you can pair your shrimp with Master Chef season seven winner Shaun O'Neale's spicy margarita. Go to Parade.com/margarita for the recipe.
‘I’ve dedicated my career to changing people's perception of Mexican food. There's a lot of finesse and sophistication involved.’ —Aarón Sánchez