Lesley Téllez

Lesley Téllez is a writer and the owner of Eat Mexico, a culinary tourism business in Mexico City. She blogs about food at The Mija Chronicles. She lives in Queens, New York.
My Christmas in Mexico City
One of my favorite holiday memories of Mexico City was on my first New Year’s Eve, when I ran down a dark street in my patent-leather heels, clutching an empty tote bag. My friend’s grandmother called, “Córrele, córrele!” (Run, run!) In the States I usually spent New Year’s Eve in a bar or at a party, but dashing through a residential neighborhood just after midnight felt thrilling — especially if it truly meant I’d travel more in the new year.
Sep 19, 2022
Why Tamales Are the Most Amazing Weeknight Dinner (Yes, Really!)
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This is the ultimate guide for tamale beginners.
May 6, 2022
The Simplest Mexican Chicken Tacos (The Kids Love Them Too)
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This chicken just needs lime, cumin, and not much else.
Apr 13, 2020
How To Make Pozole in the Instant Pot
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The classic pork and hominy Mexican stew, from the family kitchen of Lesley Téllez, who tweaked this to be fast and weeknight-friendly.
Mar 25, 2020
Recipe: Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce (Albondigas al Chipotle)
Most small homestyle restaurants in Mexico City serve a variation of this dish — hearty meatballs smothered in a smoky tomato sauce, with lots of warm tortillas for sopping it all up. Occasionally it’s the star in the three-course, economically priced meal called comida corrida, a lunchtime tradition in the city.
Jan 29, 2020
Lesley Téllez’s Vibrant Mexican Food Will Transform Your Weeknight Dinners
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A fresh, smart vision for Mexican food with vibrant flavor and practical ease.
Dec 5, 2019
10 Items Worth Visiting a Mexican Grocery Store to Buy
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What to buy, and why.
Dec 5, 2019
A Simple Way to Make Fresh Salsa — And Endless Upgrades
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It tastes *much* better than what comes out of a jar.
Dec 4, 2019
Not All Corn Tortillas Are Equal. Here’s How to Find Truly Great Ones.
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You may have never had a truly great corn tortilla. Here's what to look for, and where to buy them (psst they're on Amazon!).
Dec 3, 2019
For Better Scrambled Eggs, Make Them the Mexican Way
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Just add tortillas.
Dec 3, 2019
The 5 Best Ingredients to Bring Home from Mexico City
Mexico City is my second home. I lived there for four years up until January, and I fell in love with its wild, chaotic energy. I fell even harder for the food — so much so that I went to Mexican cooking school and started my own culinary tourism business there. In a few weeks I’ll make my third trip back so far this year. I pack lightly as a rule, but when traveling to DF, I always take a second fold-up bag to fit all my purchases. (They’re almost always food-related.
May 24, 2019
4 Mexican Kitchen Tools I Always Bring Home from Mexico City
I travel to Mexico a lot for my job — I’m a writer and I run street food tours in Mexico City and Puebla. Whenever I go and I’m itching for souvenirs (and I’m always itching for souvenirs), I take an extra bag to fit all my purchases. I pick up ingredients, yes, but also kitchen tools. While you can find some things in specialty cook shops in the States or online, you can’t beat the quality or the prices you’ll find south of the border.
May 24, 2019
As a Mexican-American Woman, I Have a Few Thoughts on Cinco de Mayo. It Could Be So Much More.
Sombreros and margaritas? Pass. One Mexican-American writer on how we could all celebrate Cinco de Mayo better.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Spicy Chipotle Bean Dip with Baked Tortilla Chips
Often, when I lived in Mexico, I’d have a pot of leftover beans in the fridge and few ideas on what to do with it. (Refry them? Done that, too many times.) When friends came over spur-of-the-moment one afternoon, I decided to make a warm bean dip with whatever I had in the pantry. It came together quickly and tasted like I spent more time on it than I actually did.
May 1, 2019