This is my recipe for guacamole and pico de gallo—a doble-por-uno or two-for-one treat I love to make for my family. Mi familia is the embodiment of the American melting pot. I am the product of a Puerto Rican papá and a Polish mami. I had the extreme fortune to grow up in Chicago, where I experienced some of the world’s best food. The diversity in Chicago is comparable to that of Nueva York and Los Ángeles. Chicago is home to some culinary greats, and especially delicioso Latinx cooks.
In 2005, I relocated to central Iowa after marrying my husband, who is of German and Mexican ancestry, but he was born and raised in Marion, Iowa. Honestly, I thought, surely there are Puerto Ricans in Iowa besides me, right? Nope, no hay muchos, y definitely no hay cuchifritos!
Actually, the Des Moines area is somewhat of a cultural desert of ethnic cuisine. Mexican restaurants in Iowa cater to the native Iowa palates. Meaning, the Mexican food we can buy here is usually drenched in cheese sauce y no tiene mucho sabor. So what is a mujer to do? What else: I rolled up my sleeves and began cooking! I cook much of what I miss. Cooking comida traditional de Puerto Rico, México, y mucho más is a way that I connect to mi familia.