As you explore this delightful recipe, we invite you to consider supporting our work. Your donation helps us continue to nourish our communities and sustain our programs. 

Summer is Here!

Welcome to our recipe page! As we celebrate the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, we’re excited to share a special recipe that highlights the abundance of this season. Our fields are sprouting, our gardens are flourishing, and this drink captures the essence of the vibrant, nourishing produce that sustains us.

Amaranth Horchata

This recipe celebrates the flavors of summer. This refreshing horchata is not only delicious but also a testament to the resilient seeds and hard work of our communities.


  • 2 Cups of Popped Amaranth

  • 1/2 Cup of White Rice

  • 1 Cinnamon Stick

  • 4 Cups of Milk of Choice

  • 4 Cups of Water

  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

  • Sweetener of Choice

Amaranth is a versatile and nutritious grain that has been cultivated for thousands of years. Known for its resilience and adaptability, it thrives in the arid climates of the Southwest. Amaranth is a significant part of the agricultural heritage of Native communities, providing a rich source of protein, fiber, and essential nutrients. This ancient grain symbolizes the enduring strength and vitality of our traditional food systems.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Wash and drain the rice.

Step 2

Add the rice, popped amaranth,
and cinnamon stick into a bowl.

Step 3

Add water until it covers the ingredients
by about an inch. Let sit for a minimum of 4 hours.

Step 4

Next, place the water, amaranth, rice, and cinnamon stick in
a blender. Puree until smooth.

Step 5

Using a fine strainer or cheesecloth, pour the mixture over a pitcher and extract as much of the liquid as possible.

Step 6

Stir in the milk, water, vanilla, and sweetener into a pitcher and mix.

Step 7

Add ice and enjoy!

Sewa Yuli


Sewa Yuli, the founder of Mi Xantico, is a traditional holistic practitioner, community-based cook, and full spectrum birth keeper rooted in anti-oppressive values. Their focus is centered on traditional indigenous practices, reproductive autonomy, preservation of ancestral foodways, and food justice advocacy. Through Mi Xantico, they emphasize making culturally relevant food and healing modalities accessible, centering communities of color using food education and connection to land-based ways to empower and self-determination.