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

'Easiest Ever' Chicken Mole Enchiladas

Traditional Mexican Christmas Salad

New York Steak with Roasted Garlic and Ancho Butter

Cafe Mexicano (Spiced "cafe de olla" coffee)

Sweet Strawberry Tartlets

Pico de Gallo

Pecan Caramels ("Glorias")

Mexican Bean Stew ("Frijoles De La Olla")

Corn and Poblano Lasagna

Watermelon-Jalapeno Cooler

Fireside Hot Dogs with Spicy Chips

Sauteed Potatoes with Chorizo

Mexican Chocolate and Date Fritters

Mexican Meatball Soup

Poblano Rice

Baja Lobster and Mango Salad

Mexican Cucumber Martinis

Mexican Chocolate Bread Pudding

Mexican Coffee Milkshake

Easy Chile Salsa

Spicy Refried Beans

Tortilla, Bean and Cheese Casserole ("Enfrijoladas")

Avocado Flan

Steamed Clams with Chorizo and Tequila

Butternut Squash Soup with Chipotle Cream

Chicken Flautas

Grilled Zucchini and Bean Salad