If you’re a fan of cooking shows, you may already know the face behind Frontera. Chef Rick Bayless spent much of his life traveling through Mexico before he and his wife opened the highly-acclaimed Frontera Grill and Topolobampo restaurants in Chicago.
In 1987, they authored the now-classic cookbook “Authentic Mexican,” and in 1995, Bayless received the title of National Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Needless to say, the man knows a thing or two about infusing food with the flavors of Mexico, which is why it was a natural next step to launch a line of Mexican-inspired pantry staples. If you want to seriously upgrade your next Mexican meal, you’ll want to have Frontera as your go-to kitchen helper.
The History of Frontera
Frontera began in 1996 when Manuel Valdes—formerly a marketing manager at Kraft Foods and consultant with Arthur Andersen & Co.—joined up with chef Bayless to create a line of regional Mexican food products using all natural ingredients, time-honored cooking methods, and inspiration based largely on Bayless’ travels through Mexico and love for its cuisine.
Frontera Company Mission
Inspired by robust, vibrant flavors of regional Mexican dishes, Frontera Foods was created to help cooks everywhere whip up a gourmet Mexican experience at home to share with their friends and family. Each product uses the highest-quality, authentically sourced ingredients for bold, spirited flavors that honor the cultures and history of Mexican food.
Benefits of Frontera
Not only is each Frontera product produced using authentic recipes, quality ingredients, and tons of flavor, but the line also avoid artificial ingredients and preservatives wherever possible. Here are some of the premium products you can expect.
- Salsas: Each Frontera salsa is made in small batches with authentic chiles like jalapeño, habanero, chipotle, guajillo, and more. Try them with chips, eggs, burgers, or meat.
- Tortilla Chips: Made from carefully grown and selected corn varieties, each chip is cooked and seasoned for the ultimate crunch.
- Cooking Sauces: Heat things up with big, bold flavor thanks to these skillet sensations.
- Grilling Marinades: Fire up signature dishes with exceptional ingredients and seasoning combinations for ideal tenderness and taste.
Top Frontera Products
Here’s a quick list of Frontera must-haves for every pantry.
Holy guacamole! This tangy, avocado-friendly mix uses roasted tomatillos, onions, flavorful serrano, and Anaheim peppers for a zesty dip that more than stands up to any chip.
Up your burger, chip, or dip game with this sweet and savory salsa, made with roasted tomatoes, fresh cilantro, a touch of earthy-red New Mexico chile a bright burst of sparkling orange.
This classic red sauce will make you crave the whole enchilada thanks to rich flavors of sun-dried chiles, roasted tomato and smoky, sweet garlic that pairs perfectly with a tender tortilla.
Tex Mex-Inspired Recipes
Turn your kitchen into a cooking fiesta with these Latin-inspired dishes.
Ditch the carb fest in favor of cauliflower 'rice' topped with spice rubbed steak, grilled red onions, pico de gallo, and diced avocado for a deconstructed take on a classic Mexican dish.
Make your own gluten-free tortillas at home with cassava flour, coconut milk, coconut oil, sea salt, and ground pepper and enjoy these soft rounds as the foundation for tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, or quesadillas.
We pretty much love any recipe that includes chocolate, but Mexican mole’s layers of sweet and savory flavor always has a special place in our hearts, especially when it includes organic dark chocolate and creamy almond butter.