Cooking in the Time of Coronavirus

UTSA Libraries Special Collections present a selection of recipes from the Mexican Cookbook Collection, the largest in the nation. From soups and stews to salsas and sweets, these dishes are sure to inspire and ignite culinary exploration among those staying at home.

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Recetas V1: POSTRES

In this inaugural edition, we're saving the best for first. Put your baking skills to the test with classic Mexican desserts. These age-old recipes for baked bananas, rice pudding, chestnut flan, and churros will hit the sweet spot*.

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Recetas V2: Bebidas

Raise a glass to a collection of delicious Mexican beverages! These recipes will come in handy whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or looking for a warm drink for the cool days to come. ¡Salud!

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Recetas V3:
Platos Fuertes

From birria to barbacoa and nopalitos to taquitos, main dishes—or platos fuertes—take center stage and feature food traditions that define Mexico’s culinary history.

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*Note: UTSA Librarians and archivists transcribed recipes as they originally appeared in manuscript cookbooks which occasionally use non-standard and variant spellings in Spanish. Common use of abbreviated instructions along with the difficulty of reading handwriting and tears or scratched-out text add an extra level of difficulty to the challenge of transcribing and interpreting historical recipes.

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This project is made possible due to years of collaboration with partners and the support of our sponsors.


  • Pearl Brewery
  • Hotel Emma
  • Mexican Cultural Institute of San Antonio


  • HEB
  • San Antonio Gastronomy