Some people have experimented with Mexican recipes but many more have only tried this kind of food in a restaurant. The cuisine of Mexico has a noticeable Spanish influence. It is known for its variety of spices, colorful decoration, and flavor variations. Mexican foods are not as spicy as Tex Mex ones, which use hotter peppers for spiciness.
It is well worth making your own recipes because a lot of them are very simple and, like with most foods, homemade Mexican meals are always delicious. Traditional ones include tamales, which are steamed masa with a filling, tacos, Spanish rice, guacamole, arroz con leche, cajeta and there are many more.
It is quite easy to find the necessary ingredients to make authentic dishes because as well as Mexican grocery stores being easy to find in some parts, a lot of typical ingredients are carried by stores as well.
Mexican Foods through History
Ingredients and preferences have changed through time, also because of new foods becoming available. Corn based dishes with herbs and chilies, tomatoes and beans were the mainstay of the natives when the conquistadores arrived.
The conquistadores combined their imported foods such as pork, beef, wine, garlic, onions and chicken with the indigenous foods such as maize, guava, vanilla, chocolate, avocado, chili pepper, beans, peanut, fish, turkey and tomato, which is how the cuisine of Mexico became what it is today.
Corn and rice are both popular in these recipes and local villages have their own exotic recipes, cooked in the Mayan or Aztec style, including ingredients such as deer, spider monkey, iguana, grasshoppers, ant eggs, and rattlesnake. When making south of the border recipes at home, you might want to give some of these a miss!
The Easiest Ones
If you are new to home cooking, you might like to start off with something simple such as chicken enchiladas or steak fajitas. Making your own guacamole is simple too and it is much tastier than the store-bought variety.
You can buy tortilla wraps and nachos rather than making your own, of course, and prepare the filling or topping yourself. You might also like to try some traditional desserts, such as fried banana or pumpkin empanadas to enjoy after the meal.
So, enjoy browsing our extensive collection of recipes and happy cooking!
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