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Rick Bayless

  • How-To

    Hot Chocolate

    Chef Rick Bayless pairs chiles and chocolate in Mexican-inspired recipes both savory and sweet.

  • Recipe

    Chocolate, Beer, and Chile Ice Cream with Hot Chocolate Sauce

    Using amber lager in ice cream may sound odd, but it adds lovely malty, caramel notes. Drizzling the ice cream with the Hot Chocolate Sauce gives you a delicious, double…

  • Recipe

    Red Peanut Mole with Chicken

    Most moles contain dozens of ingredients combined in a daunting number of steps, but this easy version cooks in under an hour from a manageable number of ingredients and will…

  • Recipe

    Chocolate-Chile Truffles

    Just a smidge of chipotle powder is all you need to add tingling heat to dark chocolate truffles. Mezcal adds a smoky flavor; you can use tequila, but the flavor…

  • Recipe

    Chocolate Cake with Candied Ancho and Pepitas

    This cake has long been a favorite of mine; the sugar and pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) on top conspire to make a slightly crackly topping while the cake itself is…

  • Recipe

    Watermelon Mojito

    If a standard-issue mojito weren't refreshing enough, one with muddled watermelon in the minty mix shoots it right off the charts. Hot summer weekend, sun beginning to set, backyard, friends.…

  • Recipe

    Mojito Fruit Ice Pops

    All summer long in Chicago, just as in Mexico and other U.S. cities, the jangle of paleteros' jingle-bell carts ricochets through parks and neighborhood streets. My favorite flavor of the…

  • Recipe

    Tequila-Infused Queso Fundido

    In this queso fundido, the tequila not only shines through with its agave brightness, but gives the melted cheese a luscious texture. Seared salsa ingredients (tomato, onion, chile, cilantro) mingle…

  • How-To

    Making an Authentic Mexican Mole

    Mexico’s most famous dish blends chiles, spices, nuts, and seeds into a vibrant sauce full of intricate flavors—here paired with turkey

  • Recipe

    Mole Poblano

    Mexico's most famous dish blends chiles, spices, nuts, and seeds into a vibrant sauce full of intricate flavors--here paired with turkey.