Top Mexican Recipes

Tortilla SoupSalsa, tacos, enchiladas and Margaritas all trace their roots to ancient traditions and cooking practices.  Explore the flavorful recipes and history of the Mexican cuisine.


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Enchilada Suisa
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Huachinango Maria Teresa
Chiles En Nogada (Chiles In Walnut Sauce)

The Mexican dishes served in restaurants and in local homes go back generations, and can be traced as far back as the Mayan and Aztec cultures.  The Mexican kitchen as it is known today is actually a fusion of Mexican and Spanish cultural flavors.  When the Spanish first arrived in Mexico in 1519, they brought with them European staples such as rice, chicken, beef, pork, onions and garlic.  Native basics such as corn, chiles, beans, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, avocado, guava, pineapple and papaya were combined with the Spanish imports, and after generations of use, have created a fusion of cultural dishes unique to Mexico.
  
The Mexican kitchen is a carnival of tastes, textures and colors.  Explore the most famous and popular Mexican recipes and preparation ideas.

Guacamole.  Known as guacamol in Mexico, the avocado-based dip goes back to Aztec origin.  While avocados, tomatoes and salt are the basic ingredients, many guacamole recipes come in variations that include cream cheese or even barbeque sauce.  Lemon juice is a key ingredient that minimizes browning.  Avocados are high in healthy vegetable fats, making guacamole a healthy side dish favorite.

Salsa.  Whether you prefer the raw taste of a salsa cruda, or the sweetness of a cooked salsa, this versatile condiment is a Mexican kitchen must-have.  Typical Mexican Salsa is usually a mix of tomatoes, onions, chiles, cilantro leaves, lemon juice and salt to taste.  Whether preparing in a food processor or finely chopping by hand, salsa makes a healthy and flavorful addition to any recipe.  Use salsa to top grilled chicken, mix it with meat to cook in a crock pot, use it as a topping on quesadillas, or use it to add fresh flavor to your omelet or scrambled eggs.  An expert tip is to chop the onions finely by hand, even if preparing the rest of the mixture in a food processor.  

Tacos.  Tacos are typically wheat tortillas (unleavened flat bread made of corn or wheat flour), filled with various prepared vegetables and meats. Tacos are eaten by hand while rolled up or folded.  Vegetables, cheeses, fish and meats are typical fillings, often topped by a salsa garnish.

Quesadillas, literally "small cheesy things" in Spanish, are wheat or corn tortillas filled with melted cheese, vegetables and other ingredients of choice.  Quesadillas are traditionally served as half-moon pies, sliced into wedges.  The difference between a quesadilla and tacos is that quesadillas are traditionally filled with ingredients and then cooked, while the latter are filled with pre-cooked ingredients.  Quesadillas make great camper and traveler's meals, as they are easy to prepare on a portable camping stove.

The Margarita is a cocktail drink that combines tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, and lime or lemon juice.  Tequila is made from the cactus-like plant called the Blue agave, a native plant of Mexico.  In fact, the highlands of west Mexico are the primary source of tequila production.  The Margarita is a beloved cocktail in most Mexican restaurants, and is usually served with salt lining the rim of the glass, and a fine straw.  Colorful flavor combinations are becoming more popular, and restaurants will often offer an array of variations to accompany their Mexican dishes.

Suggested Recipes:

Carne Asada
Pork Carnitas
Pescado Frio Con Guacamole (Cold Fish with Avocado Sauce)
Fresh Tomato Salsa (Salsa De Jitomate Cruda)
Chayote Relleno
Chicken Thighs with Aromatic Spices
Machacado (Mexican Mashed Beef Filling For Flour Tortillas)
Cabrito Al Pastor (Broiled Kid)

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