Pati's Mexican Table

This series brings authentic Mexican flavors, colors, textures and warmth into American kitchens. A former policy analyst focused on Latin American politics and history, Pati Jinich is also a chef, cooking teacher, food writer and mother of 3 whose true passion lies in sharing the tastes of her childhood and culinary adventures in her native country.

6 Seasons, 78 Episodes
April 2, 2011
Cast: Pati Jinich

Pati's Mexican Table Full Episode Guide

  • In this episode, Pati makes a few family staples with recipes that have many different uses. Perfect for busy families on the go, these recipes can be set aside or kept in the fridge to use later in a variety of delicious meals. They're more than just a meal, they'll keep your family satisfied all week.

  • An episode dedicated to one of the Jinich's favorite ingredients: cheese. In her kitchen, Pati cooks three mouthwatering cheesy recipes - one for each of her boys. In Oaxaca, Pati and her three sons visit a cheese producer to see how the famous Oaxacan cheese is made.

  • Pati spends the day with her youngest son, Juju. Juju is known for his obsession with chocolate. In this episode, they spend the day in the kitchen coming up with three delicious chocolate-loaded recipes.

  • People are always asking Pati how she turned a passion for food into a career. Over the years, she's told the story in bits and pieces but she's never told the full story. Throughout this episode, she'll explain where her passion for food started, what decisions led her to where she is today, and some of the twists and turns she took to get here.

  • Pati visits the town of San Martin Tilcajete to meet Maria and Jacobo at their famous art school. There, she learns the ins and outs of their delicate alebrije making process and tastes an outrageously delicious liver and eggs meal prepared for the artists. In her kitchen, those eggs are an inspiration for a Oaxacan-themed breakfast.

  • Pati travels to a region in Oaxaca known as La Mixteca and learns what makes the food and culture so unique. She meets up with Ixchel Ornellas, a chef, restaurant owner, and one of Mixteca's best cooks, who invites her on a personal tour of her city. Then, back in her kitchen, Pati creates new recipes based on that experience: corn soup with queso and pescado agridulce.

  • Pati takes us on an in-depth exploration of all things mole. Oaxaca is known as the land of moles, and there are too many varieties to name. Through instruction in her kitchen and exploration while in Oaxaca, she's going to give us the basics of mole, some of its history and importance, and a few of her personal favorite recipes.

  • Pati meets with women chefs, business owners and leaders of society, exploring the role of women in Oaxaca and their influence on the customs and cuisine. In her kitchen, she cooks recipes that she learned from Oaxacan women including coloradito chicken and a mashed potato cazuela. Then, she ends with a favorite of the women in her family, a milky and luscious chocolatey dessert.

  • Pati spends a day with one of Oaxaca's best-known chefs and owner of Casa Oaxaca, Alex Ruiz. Alex takes Pati on a personal journey through his favorite market and family farm, showing her the Oaxaca that he knows and loves. In her kitchen, Pati creates some family friendly recipes inspired by her day with Alex and serves them to her son Juju.

  • Pati takes a drive to a region in Oaxaca known for producing some of the best mezcal in all of Mexico. She meets the producer of a small family-run operation and learns how mezcal is made, from field to bottle. Back home, she has a mezcal-inspired get together with a few close friends and serves a bountiful Mexican steak salad and Oaxacan sours made with mezcal.

  • Pati travels to the small town of Teotitlan de Valle to meet with one of the best cooks in Oaxaca, Abigail Mendoza. Abigail is opening her home to show Pati her dedication to preserving the pre-Hispanic techniques and recipes of her Zapotec ancestors. Back in Pati's kitchen, her experience with Abigail inspires recipes that feature few ingredients used in rustic Oaxacan ways.

  • Pati takes us on a deep dive into the history of Oaxaca cuisine from pre-Hispanic origins, to the introduction of Spanish techniques, and finally modern day movements. She starts by tasting ancestral recipes at the local market. Then, she meets up with a friend and historian who takes her to a restaurant, where they eat traditional Oaxaca recipes with a modern twist.

  • Pati shows how to get the most out of one day in the city of Oaxaca. In 24 hours, she takes in the top sights, meets up with a local guide, goes to the market for lunch, and gives viewers a taste of the vibrant restaurant scene in one of the top culinary destinations in all of Mexico. In her kitchen, she recreates some of the things she had at the market and gives them some new uses.

  • Pati invites her good friend and celebrity chef, Jose Andres, to cook with her. They join forces in her kitchen to whip together a series of Mexican and Spanish-influenced recipes that will be a hit on any family table.

  • Pati's oldest son, Alan, is heading off to college. She wants to make sure he's prepared with some basic cooking skills, since mom won't be doing the cooking at school. At the grocery store, Pati teaches Alan some essential shopping know-hows. Back at home, they make a simple dinner that is sure to impress: a perfect steak, double baked potatoes, and the best ever no-bake Mexican chocolate pie.

  • Pati is preparing an epic Thanksgiving meal like no other because this one has a Yucatecan twist. Trade in your turkey for a citrus brined bird and boxed stuffing for one with chorizo, apple and cornbread. Brussels sprouts get spiced up with habaneros and pork belly. With Pati's family and closest friends around the table, don't expect there to be any leftovers.

  • Crab House dishes include Alaskan wontons; tuna tartare kibi and cold pork belly salad at Casa de Cristian Morales.

  • Sampling the local delicacy of Isla Mujeres -- tikin xic, fish marinated in a red sauce diluted with sour orange juice and spices wrapped in banana leaves.

  • Known for its smoked meats, Valladolid offers local specialties, including lomitos de Valladolid and longaniza de Valladolid.

  • The city of Izamal features buildings painted in the same golden hue; venison tacos and poc chuk; a jeweler makes jewelry from his backyard plants.

  • Climbing the ancient ruins of Uxmal, an ancient Mayan city; swimming; tamales; making cochinita pibil using the ancient technique of cooking meat with heated rocks buried underground.

  • Exploring Campeche, Mexico, a colonial city defined by its history of piracy; turkey panuchos; La Pigua features regional dishes pescado verde and grilled octopus

  • Sunday is a day to celebrate food, dancing and culture; slow cooked pork sandwich; Vaqueria dance; a traditional Sunday family meal.

  • A visit to the coastal town of Celestun in Merida, Mexico, includes a breakfast featuring fresh seafood, a boat ride to see flamingos, and a cookout on the beach with ceviche and grilled fish.

  • Bar snacks in Merida, the capital of Yucatan; family classics include mondongo stew and foreign influences like kibbeh.

  • Pollo pibil, a tamale cooked underground; pan de cazon, a version of lasagna made with shark, beans and tomato sauce.