Amparo Hernández Santiago

Traditional chef from Santa María Nativitas, Oaxaca, Mexico.

By Secretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca

Learn more about the preparation process in the following video.

Ingredientes, Jesús Canseco, 2020, From the collection of: Secretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca
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Metate y metlapil, Jesús Canseco, 2020, From the collection of: Secretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca
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The mole is prepared with almonds, clove, cumin, pepper and raisins. Doña Amparo grinds and combines the ingredients in the metate (mealing stone) that she inherited from her mother at her wedding and that has been in her family for over 40 years.

Granos (2020) by Jesús CansecoSecretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca

Grains

The elote (street corn) grains are the main players in pozole (soup).

Grains

In Mexico we use the phrase, "It made my mouth water" (Se me hizo agua la boca) a lot, to indicate that we were salivating when we saw something delicious, this was no exception.

Con cubrebocas (2020) by Jesús CansecoSecretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca

Doña Amparo's kitchen

The kitchen is a special space next to the house, the smoked walls give away the secrets that are kept in them.

Mole

On the cooked elote (street corn) dish, the uncooked guajolote (turkey) and the mole will be served.

El último toque (2020) by Jesús CansecoSecretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca

The final touch

Serving the mole, the last step for the pozole (soup) to be ready.


Entregando el pozole (2020) by Jesús CansecoSecretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca

Handing over the pozole (soup)

Doña Amparo, with a smile, hands us the first plate of pozole of the day.

Pozole mixteco sobre metate (2020) by Jesús CansecoSecretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca

Southern Mexican style pozole

Do they like it?

Doña Amparo en su jardín, Jesús Canseco, 2020, From the collection of: Secretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca
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Cocinera viendo a su marido, Jesús Canseco, 2020, From the collection of: Secretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca
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Sonriente, Jesús Canseco, 2020, From the collection of: Secretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca
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Paredes de humo, Jesús Canseco, 2020, From the collection of: Secretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca
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Melancolía, Jesús Canseco, 2020, From the collection of: Secretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca
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Doña Amparo viendo al horizonte, Jesús Canseco, 2020, From the collection of: Secretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca
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Doña Amparo uses ingredients she harvests or grows in her yard with her husband.

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