Cooking with Chef Claudia Sandoval

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Chef Claudia Sandoval


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Chef Claudia Sandoval is a San Diego native, known as the first Latino to win MasterChef and judge of MasterChef Latino, who celebrates home cooking in elevated-yet-relatable everyday recipes. That’s because it’s her family that keeps her grounded when she’s not on TV, working on a cookbook, or running her modern Mexican bakery pop-up Cochi Dorado. Celebrating her roots has led to some amazing, indulgent innovations in the kitchen always using fresh, natural and organic ingredients.

Chef Claudia Sandoval Enchilada Poblanas

Enchiladas Poblanas

Taco ‘bout a delicious Cinco de Mayo meal! Enchilada Poblanos is a vibrant, colorful dish packed with traditional Mexican flavors. Fresh poblano chiles are roasted over a flame and combined with raw tomatillos, garlic, onion, and cilantro to create a perfect sauce for your hearty chicken enchiladas. Top with Oaxaca cheese, tomatoes and cilantro for a fiesta-worthy meal everyone will love!

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Cilantro Lime Chicken on a Grill

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

Fresh, seasonal produce is always at the heart of Chef Claudia’s recipes. She is continuously inspired by the vibrant colors and aromatic scents that come from cutting into fresh, juicy citrus. One of her favorite ways to use citrus is to create tangy, flavorful marinades when she’s grilling chicken in the summer. The recipe below is one of her favorites and is reminiscent of many backyard BBQ’s with her late Tio Cuate, who this recipe is dedicated to.

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Triple Berry Coconut Swiss Roll by Chef Claudia Recipe

Triple Berry Coconut Niño Envuelto Swiss Roll

Growing up, Claudia’s favorite dessert was a Strawberry Niño Envuelto from her neighborhood Mexican bakery. The recipe from her childhood inspired her version of this dessert; the Triple Berry Coconut Niño Envuelto Swiss Roll. “The secret was focusing on the amazing, fresh ingredients I can find at my local Sprouts! Whether it’s the organic berries, edible flowers, or the Bulk Shredded Coconut, this recipe isn’t just going to be nostalgic, it’s going to make you happy to eat dessert!”

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Chef Claudia

Meet the Chef

Chef Claudia Sandoval is the winner of the sixth season of MasterChef U.S., and has been featured as a judge on the last two seasons of MasterChef Latino. Born and raised in sunny San Diego, California, to a family originally from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Chef Claudia grew up with her mother and grandmother, who taught her how to cook from a young age. Her signature style is a modern take on Mexican coastal cuisine. After winning the coveted title of MasterChef, she began a successful culinary consulting and catering company under the name “Claudia’s Cocina,” published her bestselling cookbook “Claudia’s Cocina: A Taste of Mexico,” and is opening her own bakery, Cochi Durado in 2020. With a passion for all things philanthropic, Chef Claudia continuously finds ways to give back to her community and serves as a board member of various non-profit organizations. She currently lives with her 14-year-old daughter in the city of San Diego, where they enjoy the outdoors and local dining scene.