The main meal of the day in Mexico is comida that they call “lunch” but for Estadounidenses would be more like “dinner” since it is the most substantial meal of the day. When one eats comida at 3 .m. or 4 p.m., the last meal of the day, “cena,” is not taken until 8 or 9 p.m. It is lighter and usually consists of a soup and quesadillas. Eric and Elsa love La Terra Nova on the Zocalo, so we found ourselves a seat close to the edge where we could watch the passing parade and order cena. Their cena was flan and the quesadillas that I couldn’t eat all of! I ordered the Caldo de Pollo at 30 pesos ($3 more or less) and it really is a meal in itself (which is why I shared the quesadillas, 4 for $680 pesos with guacamole and black beans and chips). Here’s the recipe.
Serves One. Increase for more people.
Homemade chicken stock, 2 cups
1/2 cup of shredded chicken
1/4 cup diced green beans
1/4 cup large cut fresh carrots, parboiled
1 T. diced onion
1/4 cup diced avocado
optional: small slice serrano pepper, seeded
Combine all ingredients, except the avocado, and heat until hot. Carrots should be soft to the bite. Ladle into bowl. Add avocado for garnish.