Sonoran Cuisine was developed in Northwestern Mexico from Native American, Spanish and European influences that adapted to desert and frontier conditions. As the Spaniards began extending their missions into Arizona in the 17th century, they raised cattle, sheep, and chickens to eat. Although they grew many of the same crops as Native Americans did, they also grew wheat, lentils, and garbanzo beans.
During our warmer months Sonoita, AZns' grill just about everything and feast on juicy thick ranchers steaks grilled over mesquite. As firewood, mesquite burns slowly and very hot. When used to barbecue, the smoke from the wood adds a distinct flavor to the food. Mesquite-wood roasting or grilling is used to smoke-flavor steaks, chicken, pork, and fish. In our colder months, nothing is more welcoming than a bowl of a tasty warm soup! Explore and cook-up one of the Sonoran inspired recipes listed below, until then you will know why we think it's the best tasting Mexican style food ever prepared and made!