Everything in this world has its own bit of history. The sidewalk you walk on, the building you work in, the house you live in, even the air molecules you breathe have been around for years upon years. The same goes for the food we eat, every chomp we take out of a dish is a bite out of history. This is not only speaks to the history of the ingredients themselves, but the history of the recipe and customs that went into making the dish. While food from every culture has an incredible backstory, Mexican cuisine is one of the most historic cuisines the world has to offer, and this history is evident in every dish. [Read more…]
The empanada has never gained the popularity of the taco, burrito, and quesadilla on the national American stage. However, to the authentic Mexican foodie, the empanada is simultaneously a treat and a staple. The empanada is made of dough and is usually filled with a tasty meat (ground beef, sausage, chicken, or steak). It will also often include onions, beans or rice, and vegetables and is baked until it reaches pure golden perfection. The empanada is loaded with flavor and will probably become a favorite for those loving Mexican food.
Originally from the city of Pueblo, chile rellenos are a delicious work of art. This delicious chile rellenos (which literally means “stuffed chile”) recipe features pasilla chiles grilled and charred to perfection, stuffed with queso fresco cheese, and covered in a tasty egg batter. Like many Mexican recipes, adding rice and beans as a side dish will add some complementing flavors and texture.
Have you ever taken a bite of something that was perhaps just a little too spicy for your mouth to handle? When food is too spicy, it can not only be uncomfortable, but it can also ruin your meal. When you think you are going to have to put down the salsa for good, remember that there are some foods that will help save your burning tongue (and your appetite). [Read more…]
A wheat tortilla wrapped around a meat filling, deep-fried to a golden-brown perfection, topped with cheeses and sauces, and served in a bed of lettuce along with re-fried beans… If this sounds amazing to you, it’s no wonder you want to know more about chimichangas. [Read more…]
The month of August for Mexicans is the celebration of two important historical figures. On August 15th the country celebrates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary with processions. And on August 26th, Mexicans celebrate the Feast of San Agustín. On this day it is customary to make chiles en nogada. This Mexican meal is not easy to make, for it takes a lot of time and ingredients. But it is definitely worth all the work, because these peppers are absolutely delicious. [Read more…]
The beginning of the enchilada dates far back to Mayan times. This tasty snack originated in Mexico, where the Aztecs would wrap tortillas around small fish or other small portions of meat. This ancient dishes’ name translates to “chili,” which comes from their original form sold as Mexican street food. Originally, they were corn tortillas dipped in chili sauce with no fillings. Now, enchiladas can take on many forms, being filled with a variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables, beans, and sauces. [Read more…]
The summer months bring many things to celebrate. Graduations, birthdays, and national holidays are just a few events that call for a fiesta. The warm weather allows for these celebrations to be hosted outside at a backyard barbecue. Nothing brings friends and family together like grilling up some food to enjoy, but before you even turn on the grill, there are other treats to be had. [Read more…]
It can be difficult for people on a diet to stick to it because some of the best tasting foods are unhealthy. Contrary to popular believe, not all Mexican dishes are loaded with calories and fat. Here are some Mexican recipes that are fewer than 300 calories, and you can make them right at home. With these recipes, the urges for bad food will disappear because all these healthy dishes will curb any craving. [Read more…]
Cinco de Mayo is a traditional Mexican holiday that has been celebrated since 1862. It commemorates Mexico’s defeat over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). While in Mexico, the celebration of the holiday is relatively tame, Mexican-Americans have begun to use it as a way to celebrate their heritage and culture. Their celebrations have rubbed off on many people in the United States, and now Cinco de Mayo can be celebrated by anyone who enjoys Mexican food and culture. Throwing a Cinco de Mayo bash can be a fun experience for anyone, granted you remember a few details. [Read more…]