Mexican BBQ: El Vaquero Cojo Mexican Cantina


There are many Mexican BBQ food choices that are not tacos or burritos. The bold, spicy, familiar flavors of Mexico go great with the grill. Break out of your Mexican dish rut by grilling up some great Mexican inspired beef, pork and chicken and Mexican inspired side dishes.


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How To Use “Flavor Profiles”
To Create The Perfect Cookout Or Barbecue

Here at Superstar Cookout Menus, we believe the key to a fantastic cookout or barbecue is to have food choices that go well together and flavors that compliment each other. And what better way to ensure your cookout is a success than to use well-known, time-tested flavor profiles.

For our purposes, a “flavor profile” is the immediately identifiable combination of flavors that define a specific cuisine. It is how different regional ingredients are put together to create a unique and memorable dining experience.

For example, the idea of “Mexican food” conjures different food images and produces the anticipation of different flavors than if I say “Asian food” or “Cajun food”.

Ideally, creating the perfect cookout menu should be as simple as possible. To simplify the process, we create fictitious restaurants with flavor profiles famous the world over. As a result, each restaurant has a collection of recipes and food choices that makes creating the perfect cookout menu a snap.

Just put together a menu from the same flavor profile “restaurant”, and you are sure to have a memorable cookout or backyard BBQ that keeps your friends and family talking for weeks to come.

Mexican BBQ Flavor Profile:
El Vaquero Cojo Mexican Cantina


So, you want to have a Mexican BBQ party? Simply head to the El Vaquero Cojo Mexican Cantina flavor profile. There you will find a collection of recipes chosen to bring the well known flavors of Mexico to your backyard.

Flavor Profile: Mexican, spicy, jalapeños, smoky chipotle, cilantro, oregano, lime, onions, tomatoes, avocado, cumin, rice and beans.

Inspiration: Mexican food is very popular around the world. But there is a definite difference between “American style” Mexican food and traditional Mexican food. Both include good, flavorful food that produce strong cravings. Instead of arguing which is “best”, great menus can be created with food choices inspired by both “styles” of Mexican food.

Think of a brightly colored Cantina with Mariachi music playing in the background and plates of highly seasoned and spicy food passing by.

My Take: Highly seasoned grilled meats, hearty and fresh side dishes with a wide variety of table sauces.

Mexican BBQ Inspiration

Maybe you need some inspiration to get the creative juices flowing for your Mexican BBQ party.

Check out some of these Mexican street food options. That grilled chicken sure looks good, as does the salsa, which takes every dish to the next level.



Here’s some more Mexican street food, a lot of it straight from the grill.



And no Mexican BBQ inspiration would be complete without some Mariachi Music.



OK, now that you are inspired, let’s start creating a fantastic Mexican BBQ menu.

Mexican BBQ Food Choices

We all have our favorite cuts of meat, pork and chicken. And we believe everyone should be free to pick their favorites when throwing a backyard cookout for friends and family. Therefore, we provide cooking instructions for a wide variety of meats… perfect for the grill. (*Indoor cooking instructions also provided*)


Beef: Rib Eye Steak, N.Y. Strip Steak, Hanger Steak, Flat Iron Steak, Flank Steak & Skirt Steak Pork: Pork Tenderloin, Pork Chops & Pork Ribs (Baby Back Ribs and Spare Ribs) Chicken: Chicken Breast & Chicken Pieces (Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks)


When you take your favorite cuts of beef, pork and chicken and add the flavors associated with Mexican food… you are ready for one delicious Mexican BBQ experience.

Mexican BBQ Menu Example

For instance, here is just ONE Mexican inspired menu you can put together using Lou M. Penn’s Recipes and the El Vaquero Cojo Mexican Cantina flavor profile.



The main event...

Chipotle Adobo Seasoned & Grilled Rib-Eye Steak served with Corn & Green Onion Salsa

Mexican Spiced Baby Back Pork Ribs splashed with Jalapeño Oil served with Avocado Corn Salsa

Grilled Chicken with Yucatan Red Spice Recado served with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

And on the side, your choice of…

Mexican Potato Salad, Black Bean & Corn Salad and Mexican Coleslaw


Don't forget, by using the recipes found in the El Vaquero Cojo Mexican Cantina flavor profile, you can create this Mexican BBQ menu AND MANY MANY MORE.



Mexican BBQ Recipes

Included in the El Vaquero Cojo Mexican Cantina flavor profile you get all the recipes you need to create the perfect Mexican BBQ party…

      • 4 Mexican inspired spice mix recipes
      • 3 Mexican inspired flavored butters
      • 6 Mexican inspired brine and marinade recipes
      • 2 Mexican inspired BBQ sauce recipes
      • 10 Mexican inspired condiment recipes
      • 8 Mexican inspired side dish recipes

Variety is the spice of life...

Varying the cuts of beef, pork and chicken and changing the combination of spice mixes, marinades, sauces and sides, you can create an endless amount of Mexican BBQ menus that will keep your guests satisfied and counting the days until your next BBQ party.

Easiest Way To Plan A Mexican BBQ Party

Here at Superstar Cookout Menus, we believe planning and preparation go a long way to throwing a backyard cookout that is both delicious and seemingly effortless to prepare.

This is why we have developed a step-by-step plan that leaves nothing to chance. To clarify, go through this slideshow to see how to plan the perfect Mexican BBQ party.


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We give you everything you need to plan your party, plan your menu and finalize your cookout plan. As a result, your backyard cookout is both crowd-pleasing and comes off without a hitch.

Just follow the step-by-step plan for a Mexican BBQ:

      1. Choose the El Vaquero Cojo Mexican Cantina flavor profile
      2. Print and fill in the Cookout Party Planner
      3. Go over Sample Menus to get inspired
      4. Check out the recipes & print and fill in Menu Planners
      5. Use the Blank Recipe Template to add any family favorites with the same flavor profile
      6. Print and fill in the Menu Brainstormer with all the recipes you’ll need
      7. Create your Recipe Binder to put the recipes at your fingertips
      8. Print and fill in the Grocery List
      9. Print and fill in the Cookout Schedule so you know what to do and when to do it
      10. ENJOY your cookout and impress your friends and family


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