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The secret ingredient is time: Minneapolis chef Gustavo Romero shares the family recipe that you won’t find at his hit Minneapolis taqueria, Nixta.

Gustavo Romero has turned Nixta into what might be the best Mexican restaurant in Minneapolis. Behind that success lies a belief that food starts with family and a commitment to preparing dishes by hand, with traditional ingredients. Romero told Sahan Journal and BIPOC Foodways how he—and, of course, his mother—prepares huauzontles: a dish too exacting to put on the menu.