Frosted Flakes, Mezcal, and a Molcajete: What Taco Master Carlos Raba Can’t Live Without

Frosted Flakes, Mezcal, and a Molcajete: What Taco Master Carlos Raba Can’t Live Without

When he’s not practicing jujitsu or scarfing Frosted Flakes with his kids, Carlos Raba is making Baltimore a destination for killer tacos and mezcal at Clavel, a taqueria in Baltimore, Maryland.

Here are some of the cooking essentials the chef can’t live without. — As told to Adam Erace

Hibiscus Illustration by Danilo Agutoli

Flower Power

Hibiscus 

Jamaica, what we call hibiscus in Spanish, has many uses. I take the dried flowers and grind them with rock salt to make a beautiful pink salt. You can boil them into a tea, then use the rehydrated flowers in stir-fry. I fry them up with poblano peppers, tomatoes, and onions—it’s delicious, man.

Molcajete
Illustration by Danilo Agutoli

Essential Kitchen Tool

Molcajete

A molcajete is a Mexican mortar and pestle that is made of volcanic stone. You can make everything in

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