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An Introduction to Mexican Food

This is one of those cuisines that many people eat occasionally and think about rarely, which is unfortunate because it is such an exciting style of cuisine. Mexican foods such as chili con carne, tortilla chips and margaritas are known around the globe but there is so much more to it than Tex Mex variations and Taco Bell fare. What is more, this is a great type of cuisine to make at home yourself.

Healthy Eating

A lot of food from Mexico is low in calories and fat, but high in vitamins and minerals. You might be wondering about the menu at Taco Bell but remember that a lot of fats have been added to these recipes. Traditional dishes, as opposed to fast food outlets’ interpretations of it, contain plenty of nutrients. Peppers, onions, tomatoes, and corn are all very healthy and these ingredients are found in a lot of true south of the border meals.

Do not be put off by what you might think of as calorie-laden food because, in truth, very few traditional recipes from Mexico are high in fat or calories. Some people think that all Chinese food is high in fat and sugar but traditional Chinese food is made primarily with meat, poultry, vegetables, and the high fat versions are meals that have been adapted for westernized tastes. This is exactly the case with a lot of Mexican foods.

Traditional recipes were made with whatever was available and the Mayans and Aztecs used ingredients such as vanilla, chocolate, chili peppers, avocado, fish, beans, peanuts, tomato, and turkey. The conquistadors introduced new foods such as beef, pork, garlic, onions, chicken, wine, and many dishes today feature these ingredients. Corn and rice are also popular in authentic meals.

A lot of recipes from the Vera Cruz and Yucatan regions have a Caribbean influence. There are also a lot of seafood recipes originating from Vera Cruz because of its geography. Other regions have French or Spanish inspired recipes because of the settlers. Meat dishes are plentiful in the North. Vegetables and chicken are more popular in the south.

The Best Loved Meals

Enchiladas are one of the best-known Mexican recipes but these are not especially kind to the waistline because they are quite high in fat. Arroz con pollo is a dish you might have tried. The main ingredients are chicken and rice and it is very tasty. Tacos are delicious too. These are maize or wheat tortillas and can be filled with pretty much anything, making them an exciting alternative to a sandwich.

Salsas are sauces, which are made with raw ingredients and can be chopped, chunky, or smooth in consistency. Big, juicy red tomatoes, chipotle, tomatillo, and avocado are popular salsa ingredients and have been used for many centuries. Salsas, chutneys, and relishes can brighten up any dish and they are easy to make yourself.

When making these foods, you should use fresh ingredients for the best flavor and use toppings to complement the recipe rather than overwhelm it. With experience, you can become good at finding just the right combination of herbs, spices, nuts, and chili to make your recipes light and aromatic.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

Thanks for visiting,