Mexican Cuisine and Recipes

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.

Alambre

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.

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Arroz con Pollo – Chicken with Rice

Arroz con pollo (Spanish for rice with chicken) is a traditional dish of Spain and Latin America, closely related to paella.

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Arroz Rojo a la Mexicana – Mexican Red Rice

This Mexican red rice dish is a wonderful on its own or as a side for beef fajitas.

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Barbacoa Beef

A traditional Mexican way of eating barbacoa is having it served on warm corn tortillas with guacamole, fresh coriander, lime wedges, and salsa for added flavour

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Blue Cheese Dressing

Buttermilk and blue cheese combine to make a mayonnaise that is perfectly paired with your next lettuce salad.

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Bolillos – Mexican Crusty Rolls

A bolillo or pan francés (meaning “French bread”) is a type of savoury bread traditionally made in Mexico. It is a variation of the baguette, but shorter in length and is often baked in a stone oven.

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Buñuelos

A Buñuelo is a fried dough ball. It is a popular snack in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Peru, Turkey, Greece, Morocco, and is a tradition at Christmas, Ramadan and among Sephardic Jews at Hanukkah. It will usually have a filling or a topping.

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Caesar Salad

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.

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Calabaza En Tacha- Mexican Candied Pumpkin

In Mexico, candied pumpkins are often used on the family altars during Dia de los Muertos. An easy recipe and a great way for the kids to use up pumpkin.

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Caldo de Siete Mares – Mexican Seven Seas Soup

Caldo de siete mares (Seven Seas Soup) , also known as caldo de mariscos (Seafood Soup) is a Mexican version of fish stew, popular in coastal regions in Mexico.

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Camote – Mexican Baked Sweet Potatoes

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.

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Carne en su Jugo – Meat in its Juices

From a small street stall in the 1970’s, Karne Garibaldi has morphed into a giant on the local culinary scene, thanks to this highly coveted brothy beef dish and the family’s lightening-quick service

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Cemita Milanesa de Pollo – Mexican-style Chicken Rolls

A bread roll covered with sesame seeds with filling ingredients usually restricted to sliced avocado, meat, white cheese, onions, the herb pápalo and a Mexican spicy red sauce (salsa roja).

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Cemitas – Mexican Sesame Seed Buns

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

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Ceviche de Verduras – Vegetarian Ceviche Salad

Fresh mozzarella cheese replaces the raw fish in this healthy salad, which also has the traditional marinated onions, hot chilli peppers, corn, and other colourful vegetables.

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