Mexican Cuisine and Recipes

Mexican cuisine is as complex as any of the great cuisines in the world, such as those of India, China, France, Italy and Turkey. It is created mostly with ingredients native to Mexico as well as those brought over by the Spanish conquistadors, with some new influences since then. In addition to staples such as corn and chilli peppers, native ingredients include tomatoes, squashes, avocados, cocoa and vanilla, as well as ingredients not generally used in other cuisines such as edible flowers, vegetables such as huauzontle and papaloquelite or small criollo avocados, whose skin is edible. European contributions include pork, chicken, beef, cheese, herbs and spices and some fruits. Tropical fruits such as guava, prickly pear, sapote, mangoes, bananas, pineapple and cherimoya (custard apple) are popular, especially in the centre and south of the country. It has been debated how much Mexican food is still indigenous and how much is European. However, the basis of the diet is still corn and beans with chilli pepper as a seasoning as they are complementary foods.


Alambre

Instead of carrying the literal meaning, the name now evokes a certain style of grilled meat and a combination of ingredients – carne asada, beef, pork, or chicken, some type of pepper (typically red), onions, and bacon.

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Arroz Rojo a la Mexicana – Mexican Red Rice

This Mexican red rice dish is a wonderful on its own or as a side for beef fajitas.

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Barbacoa Beef

A traditional Mexican way of eating barbacoa is having it served on warm corn tortillas with guacamole, fresh coriander, lime wedges, and salsa for added flavour

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Bolillos – Mexican Crusty Rolls

A bolillo or pan francés (meaning “French bread”) is a type of savoury bread traditionally made in Mexico. It is a variation of the baguette, but shorter in length and is often baked in a stone oven.

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Buñuelos

A Buñuelo is a fried dough ball. It is a popular snack in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Peru, Turkey, Greece, Morocco, and is a tradition at Christmas, Ramadan and among Sephardic Jews at Hanukkah. It will usually have a filling or a topping.

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Caesar Salad

Many variations of the salad exist; for example, by topping a Caesar salad with grilled chicken, steak, or seafood. Certain Mexican restaurants may improvise on items such as substituting tortilla strips for croutons or Cotija cheese for the Parmesan.

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Calabaza En Tacha- Mexican Candied Pumpkin

In Mexico, candied pumpkins are often used on the family altars during Dia de los Muertos. An easy recipe and a great way for the kids to use up pumpkin.

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Camote – Mexican Baked Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are native to the tropical areas of Mexico and parts of America. They were a large part of the Mayan diet and are now widely used in Mexican cuisine, especially in the state of Puebla. Try this delicious baked sweet potato dish as your next side dish.

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Chalupas Mexicanas

In central Mexico and in states such as Hidalgo and Estado de Mexico, chalupas are small tortillas fried in oil or lard which are topped with mashed potatoes, sliced lettuce, pulled chicken and radish topped with green salsa, other varieties may have pulled beef.

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Chamoy

Chamoy is a condiment from Mexico that is typically served as a dip for fresh fruit. It is made with fruit or fruit jams (such as apricot, mango or plum), chillies and lime juice. Make it easily at home with apricot jam, lime juice and chilli powder.

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Cheese – Mexican

Almost all cheese in Mexico is made with cows’ milk, with some made from goats’ milk. More recently, efforts have been made to promote sheep’s milk cheeses.

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Chiapas Cuisine

Chiapas food is a delectable blend of indigenous and Spanish influences. The regional cuisine in and around San Cristobal, Chiapas differs from the cuisine in other parts of Mexico. In San Cristobal you’ll find a variety of beef, pork and chicken dishes prepared with local herbs and seasonings and often using less chilli pepper than in other regions of the country.

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Chile con queso – Chilli and Cheese Dip

Chile con queso can be eaten with tortillas, tortilla chips, or special queso chips which are thicker than regular tortilla chips. It can also be used as a condiment on fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, migas, quesadillas or any other Tex-Mex dish.

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Chile Relleno – Stuffed Green Chillies

Classic chillies rellenos are green chillies, blackened and outer skin removed, stuffed with either cheese or a pork sausage picadillo, dipped in batter, fried in oil, and served with a thin tomato sauce.

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Clamato Juice

Clamato is a drink made of reconstituted tomato juice concentrate flavoured with spices and clam broth.

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