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.
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.
A Buñuelo, a fried dough ball, is a popular snack in many countries, and is a tradition at Christmas, Ramadan and among Sephardic Jews at Hanukkah. It will usually have a filling or a topping. It is also an “essential” dish in Mexican cuisine.
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.
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.
Also known as cemita poblana, it drives from the city (and region) of Puebla. The word refers to the sandwich as well as to the roll it is typically served on, a bread roll covered with sesame seeds. The bread is made with egg, and resembles brioche
Measurements can differ from country to country, so below we have outlined the measurements that we use at Aussie Taste. There is a dropdown selector you can use to have the recipe converted between metric and imperial. Most recipes have temperatures converted also.
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20°C.
Australian spoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 dessertspoon equals 15 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml.
All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed.
All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified.