With its vibrant colors and rich and spicy flavors, Mexican cuisine is perfect for hosting summer get-togethers. Try out new recipes and connect your guests to the land of aqua blue waters, palmy beaches, snowy volcanos, and ancient civilizations.
The three main staples that are used in many different Mexican dishes are: corn, beans, and chilies. Other common ingredients include cocoa, vanilla, pumpkins, tomato, meat (often pork, goat, or lamb), seafood, eggs and many more all depending on the region!
1. Enchiladas - the word comes from “enchilar” which means season with chili pepper. Enchiladas are baked tortillas that can be filled with different ingredients like cheese, meat or fish and dipped in a chili sauce. Sometimes enchiladas are topped with ingredients like beans or onions. 2. Tacos - probably one of the most well-known Mexican dishes, they are made with corn or wheat tortillas that are stuffed with ingredients like beef or pork, chicken, vegetables, cheese, among others. They are usually garnished with guacamole, salsa, chili, tomato, onion and chopped cilantro. 3. Tamales - made from corn flour, tamales consist of a paste (masa) with a filling, that can be savory or sweet. They are steamed in corn or banana leaves. 4. Pozole - an aromatic cross between a stew and a soup made with corn and meat, normally pork. Pozole is garnished with lettuce or cabbage, avocado, and seasoned with garlic, chili peppers and salsa or lime. 5. Mole - a traditional Mexican sauce that can be served with chicken, turkey, or enchiladas, for example. It is a mixture of many ingredients: chili peppers, various vegetables, fruit, spices, herbs, nuts, and more. As a result, moles come in several shades and colors. The most popular recipe is the mole poblano made with chocolate.
Traditional Mexican Cuisine vs Tex-Mex
Traditional Mexican cuisine goes far beyond chili con carne or nachos. These types of dishes are popular in restaurants because of a fusion with North American gastronomy, resulting in the famous Tex-Mex cuisine. Authentic Mexican cuisine includes unique methods and ingredients, rich in history and tradition.
• Mexican gastronomy was recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010. Its cuisine is a true cultural model that embraces a range of aspects, from agriculture to culinary techniques and even ancestral community customs.
• For centuries, Mexican farmers have maintained the tradition of growing corn, and today there are still many unique varieties of corn grown in Mexico.
• Mexican Cuisine is a result of the Spanish conquistadores’ interaction with the Aztec culture. Most of the Mexican food we eat today is a delicious combination of ancient traditions, Aztec, Mayan and Spanish.
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