Mexican food is well-known all around the world for having three main characteristics: it is spicy, varied and delicious. Let’s see why.
Starting from the beginning
The origins of Mexican food can be traced back over two thousand years, since we can find its roots in Mesoamerican cuisine. The Mayan and the Aztec civilizations had strong influences on the cooking methods and techniques and they can be seen in the dishes that still exist in this country.
Typical Mexican dishes
There’s no news Mexican food stands out thanks to its intense flavors and different textures. So, let’s see which are the diverse options that are available.
One of the most famous and exquisite dishes in Mexico are tacos. Mexican tacos consist of corn tortillas filled with meat of any kind, it can be beef, chicken, pork, vegetables and sauce. Some of the main ingredients may be corn, pepper, onion or beans, and some usual sauces are avocado cream, Tabasco sauce or criolla sauce.
Breakfast in Mexico is a crucial meal, and it is normally the biggest one. What Mexicans usually have for breakfast are chilaquiles, which consist of fried tortillas cut into small pieces, topped with sauce and a mixture of eggs, cheese, chicken and cream. It is usually served with frijoles.
It can take a while to wake up early in the morning and start cooking this exquisite breakfast, but it’s totally worth it! And it provides you with energy to begin your busy day motivated.
This tasty soup is made from hominy corn and it is usually stewed during the night with several spices and herbs, together with some sort of meat, such as chicken, or vegetables.
Pozole is often served with onions, lettuce, chilies and lime. It is ideal for a cold winter evening, since it is a warm and spicy meal.
It can be served as an entrée in a tiny bowl or as a main course in a bigger one. You can have it as you prefer!
They are a typical example of Mexican street food, since they are very practical to eat. But they are available in restaurants as well.
Tamales are steamed dough pockets filled with cheese, fruit, meat or vegetables and they are often wrapped in banana leaves or in cornhusks.
This exquisite recipe is going to save your next dinner and you are going to fall in love with it.
1 packet of Tamales flour.
1 can of beans.
1 ½ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.
2 tablespoons of chicken broth.
A pinch of baking powder.
A pinch of salt.
2 tablespoons of lard.
1 packet of fried corn husks.
Step by step
To begin with, fill a bowl with hot water and place the corn husks. Let them soak for about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, to prepare the filling, take a pot and mix the beans with the cheese and add a pinch of salt to taste. Set the preparation aside.
Then, to make the dough, take a bowl and beat the lard with 2 tablespoons of chicken broth until it is fluffy. You should use an electric mixer to make it faster. Combine the tamales flour, the baking powder and the salt in a bowl and stir in the lard mixture. Mix well and stir in the broth little by little. Beat for several minutes on high speed and, once the dough is slightly sticky, cover it with a damp paper towel to keep it wet.
After that, take a corn husk and add about ¼ cup of dough, spreading it on the upper part of the husk. Add 2 tablespoons of the cheese and beans filling in the middle of the dough. Fold the corn husk in a way that the filling doesn’t come out.
Finally, take a steamer and add some water to it. Place the tamales vertically, so that no water touches their interior part. Once the water boils, reduce to a simmer and steam the tamales for about 1 hour and a half. Enjoy!