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Tacos Hola!

We find Rick and his daughter, Lanie, at the Mexico City's colorful Sonora Market, an emporium of medicinal herbs and the best place in town to buy cazuelas, the beautifully rustic earthenware cooking and serving casseroles that define a whole class of stews and taco fillings.
We tend to think of taquerías for their familiar grilled and griddled fillings, like carne asada. But, Rick explains, there's a whole world of stands and shops that have no grill at all and specialize in satisfyingly homey, slow-cooked fillings made in cazuelas with everything from stewed meat to richly flavorful vegetables. Rick and Lanie check out El Guero, a Mexico City institution, popularly known as "Tacos Hola!," that specializes in slow-cooked taco fillings.

Back home in Chicago, Rick and Lanie plan a cazuela-taco dinner. Lanie throws together a quick Pork with Smoky Tomato Sauce and Potatoes in the crockpot before heading off to school. By dinnertime, it'll be meltingly tender and richly flavored.

Meanwhile, Rick gathers some chard in the garden, offering a quick intro to the care and tending of this hearty, easy-to-grow vegetable. Then, he turns his harvest into a filling of Creamy Braised Chard, Potatoes and Poblanos and also prepares a Veracruz-Flavored Chilled Seafood.

The three fillings, mounded in those charming cazuelas from the Sonora Market, form the centerpiece for a cozy dinner with friends and family.

Segment 1
Sonora Market
Sonora Market
We find Rick and his daughter, Lanie, at the Mexico City's colorful Sonora Market, an emporium of medicinal herbs and the best place in town to buy cazuelas, the beautifully rustic earthenware cooking and serving casseroles that define a whole class of stews and taco fillings.
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Segment 2
Pork Tinga with Potatoes, Avocado and Fresh Cheese
Pork Tinga with Potatoes, Avocado and Fresh Cheese
This pork dish is meltingly tender and richly flavored.
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Segment 3
Chilled Shrimp and Crab a la Veracruzana
Chilled Shrimp and Crab a la Veracruzana
Veracruz-flavored chilled seafood makes a delicious taco filling.
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Segment 4
Creamy Chicken and Greens with Roasted Poblano
Creamy Chicken and Greens with Roasted Poblano
This soft taco filling is creamy and delicious.
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