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Watch: Marcus Samuelsson Explores Chicago’s Thriving Mexican Food Scene

The chef enjoys tongue tacos, carnitas, tamales, and chicken with mole verde

On episode three of No Passport Required, host and chef Marcus Samuelsson spends time in Chicago, where he eats and talks with people who play a role in the city’s growing Mexican community. Throughout the episode, Samuelsson hears from the community about immigration, family, and preserving culture for a new generation.

He also eats his way through one of the best food scenes in the country: tacos, nopales, carnitas, mole verde, and enfrijoladas. He visits one of America’s best restaurants, Mi Tocaya; boxes with Gabriel Navarro, who coaches at-risk kids in the predominately Mexican neighborhood where he lives; and tries tamales two ways — a traditional preparation and a new take — with local chefs.

Watch the full episode below.

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