Yuriko Zubia


Yuriko Zubia is a first generation Mexican immigrant del Norte, specifically Chihuahua. She has made a lil space in her kitchen dedicated to recreating the food she loves and remembers, especially chucherias from the border crossing, and that has helped her understand and develop a strong and intimate relationship with her identity and ideals. She also often confuses limes and lemons...but her favorite is the green one.


One sentence to describe yourself: First generation Mexicana del Norte, but in Oregon.

What will you be presenting on? How I have created a space in my kitchen for healing, self discovery, and reconciliation with my identity.

Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: "Tantealo" aka guesstimate. 

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: Chilaquiles rojos con pollo.

Favorite food: Any crunchy vessel that pairs well with lemon juice and Valentina hot sauce.

Recommended reading: God is Red by Vine Deloria Jr.

Best meals: Tostadas de tinga de pollo, I like to make them a very deep red color with chile guajillo, garlic, onion, and a few other things. Then put them atop simple fried tortillas. Also nothing beats a Juarez style hot dog, which is a hot dog wrapped in bacon, topped with frijoles de la olla and chile curtido.

Food you’d like to try: Any dishes from other countries that share similar ingredients to the ones of my culture and developing an intimate happiness with the little flavor threads that weave us all together.

Additional comments: When people say "I need to talk to some food about this", I really feel that.