About Roberto Santibañez

Roberto Santibañez is is the chef and owner of Fonda Restaurants in New York City and a member of The Culinary Institute of America’s Latin Cuisines Advisory Council. He’s also the author of three cookbooks: Rosa’s New Mexican Table, Truly Mexican, and most recently, Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales. He was born in Mexico City and is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. @fondanyc

A stack of flour tortillas topped with pork for carnitas tacos.

Carnitas Tacos

A little pile of tasty meat cushioned by a warm tortilla and electrified by a little salsa. Life is good.

Two people reaching for traditional molletes on a platter with a bowl of salsa in the middle.

Traditional Molletes

An insanely satiating comfort food fix that’s as quick and easy as it is inexpensive. Refried beans and cheese atop toast with pico de gallo. Wish we’d known about this a loooong time ago.

Blue pot of chunks of pork, authentic carnitas, with a bay leaf and wooden spoon on top

Carnitas ~ Mexican Braised Pork

This Mexican carnitas recipe is authentic braised and fried pork that makes for conversation-stopping, fall-apart-tender awesomeness.

A blender half-filled with tomatillo salsa.

Tomatillo Salsa with Avocado

Just like the tart, creamy, slightly soupy condiment you find in Mexico City’s incredible taquerias. Pass the tacos, por favor.

A bowl of pico de gallo with a spoon resting inside set on a piece of parchment in a rimmed baking tray.

Pico de Gallo

A Mexican staple, this sauce of sorts is essentially fresh salsa that’s named, curiously, for a rooster’s beak.

A bowl of dry-roasted chile peanuts.

Chile Peanuts

Forget plain old peanuts. This titillating take on spiced nuts adds paprika and chili powder without subtracting anything from their beer friendly quotient.