Mexi-Modern Kitchen Blog

Chef Carino Cortez shares some of her favorite recipes and cooking insights on her cooking and lifestyle blog.


Connection Through Comida |  TEDxSanAntonio

Third generation chef Cortez uses on-stage food preparation as a metaphor for understanding and preserving the culture of family, organization, and community.


[Re]Generation | La Familia Cortez

La Familia Cortez has been a fixture on the San Antonio food scene for over 75 years. Their story began with Mi Tierra, which Pete and Cruz Cortez opened as a three-table cafe serving Tex-Mex in 1941, and has evolved into a multi-generational, four-restaurant empire. The most recent addition, Viva Villa Taqueria, is helmed by chef and granddaughter Cariño Cortez, who brings a renewed dedication to tradition, as well as culinary evolution, to the family business. Sponsored by Cacique.


Fiesta Food with La Familia Cortez | SA Live

Carino Cortez shows you how to make two classic Fiesta foods - a street taco and street corn.


La Gran Tamalada 2018

This year, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center moved their event to the Historic Market Square to make their annual tamale event bigger and tastier. It was the first time in the event's history that it was held in the new venue.


H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best

The verdict is in, and San Antonio has itself a winner in the 2017 edition of H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best contest. Cariño Cortez and Michael Cortez of La Familia Cortez Restaurants nabbed third place honors and a $10,000 prize for their entry, Mi Tierra Salsa Verde Salsa.


365 Days of Tacos: Viva Villa Taquería I SA Express News

Viva Villa is the most rebellious of four jewels in the Cortez family crown that includes Mi Tierra, La Margarita and Pico de Gallo. Al four cater to the tourist trade, most notably the 24-hour piñata carnival that is Mi Tierra .