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Lily Ramirez Foran

Founder of Ireland’s first Mexican boutique grocer and cookery school, Picado Mexican in Portobello Dublin, Lily Ramirez-Foran is on a mission to showcase Mexican food beyond its clichés and misconceptions.


About Lily Ramirez Foran

Lily is the author behind the popular Mexican food blog ‘A Mexican Cook’. She has been living and cooking in Ireland for 20 years with her Irish husband and business partner, Alan Foran.

When not busy with work, Lily can be found in her kitchen experimenting with recipes, writing on her kitchen table and learning to grow food in her tiny urban garden. Shop keeper, food writer, story teller, mad dreamer and lover of all things Irish.

She is a chef member of Euro-Toques Ireland, and passionately believes in the Slow Food ethos of good, clean and fair food. She has delivered Mexican food demos at The West Waterford Food Festival, Dublin Tall Ships Festival, The Theatre of Food at Electric Picnic, The National Ploughing Championships, The Galway Food Festival, the Rocking Food Festival as well as in several cookery schools in Ireland.

Lily has contributed recipes to Easy Food Magazine, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent Weekend Magazine, The Journal, The RTE Guide, Eat Magazine, Slainte, The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider and to several Irish food online publications. Picado Mexican has been featured with the BBC Travel, The New York Times, Condé Nast and British Airways Magazine.

Her first cookbook, TACOS, is due for release in Spring 2022.

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Beef Alambre Tacos by Lily Ramirez Foran

Incredibly simple to make, these tacos consist of tender braised beef, mushrooms and bell peppers encased in a beautifully soft corn tortilla

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Boozy Tres Leches Cupcakes by Lily Ramirez Foran

Tres Leches cakes are incredibly popular in Mexico and in Latin America in general. They are summery, refreshing and super tasty

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Breakfast Tacos by Lily Ramirez Foran

Lily’s breakfast tacos are the perfect fuel to kickstart your day

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Charred Salsa Roja by Lily Ramirez Foran

This salsa is incredibly simple to make. Super tasty and very versatile

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Chicken in Chipotle Crema Taco by Lily Ramirez Foran

These delicious tacos feature beautifully tender chicken, mushrooms and onions, coated in a rich and creamy chipotle cream

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Entomatadas by Lily Ramirez Foran

A super summery and vegetarian friendly dish to have in your repertoire

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Frozen Strawberry Margaritas by Lily Ramirez Foran

With the thermometers hitting 45c during the summer, a tall glass of frozen strawberry margarita is exactly what you need to combat the heat

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Huevos Rancheros by Lily Ramirez Foran

This Mexican breakfast classic features a deliciously smoky salsa that’s served with an o’so runny fried egg atop a soft tortilla

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Jalapeño Mayonnaise by Lily Ramirez Foran

Lily’s spicy take on a cooling classic

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Mexican Flan by Lily Ramirez Foran

This creamy set custard dessert is topped with a delicious homemade caramel

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