Photo by: Todd Plitt ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Todd Plitt, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Marcela Valladolid's Bio

Growing up around expert and traditional cooks in Tijuana, Mexico, Marcela was raised to be passionate about food, and she jumped straight into a culinary life with her first job working at her aunt’s cooking school in Baja, Mexico. Marcela realized she, too, wanted to pursue this growing love for food full time and enrolled in the Los Angeles Culinary Institute. She then went to the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School in Paris to become trained as a classical French pastry chef. Marcela later returned home to run a catering company and teach children about the culinary arts in Tijuana, all while collecting recipes and applying her knowledge and skills of her family's cooking traditions to map out her dreams. She successfully translated her culinary knowledge and passion to the small screen as the host of her own Food Network series, Mexican Made Easy, which premiered in 2010. Wanting to share her expertise on great Mexican food that combines freshness and flavor with kitchen ease, Marcela published Fresh Mexico: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor (Clarkson Potter) in 2009 and Mexican Made Easy (Clarkson Potter) in 2011. Marcela lives in San Diego with her 9-year-old son, who often doubles as her sous chef.

Most Popular Recipes

All Recipes by Marcela Valladolid

Dulce de Leche Banana Cream Pie

Veracruz-Style Tilapia ("Pescado A La Veracruzana")

Mexican Frittata

Warm Picnic Burritos ("Burritos De Machaca")

Tortilla, Bean and Cheese Casserole ("Enfrijoladas")

Braised Pork Sandwich with Spicy Tomato Broth (Tortas Ahogadas)

Baja-Style Limeade

Fast Fruit Delight with Coffee Liqueur

No Fuss Mexican Ice (Raspado)

Adobo-Rubbed Chicken

Chicken in Peanut Sauce

Pecan Caramels ("Glorias")

Out-Of-This World Cajeta-Filled Cupcakes

Golden Beet Carpaccio Salad

Avocado Flan

Churro Bites

Baja-Style Ahi Tuna Tartare

Mexican Bean Stew ("Frijoles De La Olla")

Baja Style Fish Tacos

Foolproof Mexican Rice ("Arroz Mexicano")

Lime Cream Trifle

Potato and Poblano Gratin

Spicy Crab Cakes Topped with Guacamole

Mexican Coffee Milkshake

Sauteed Potatoes with Chorizo

Ancho Chile Brussels Slaw

Roasted Acorn Squash and Garlic Mash