Mexican dishes are considered to be mysterious, vibrant, and feisty. Mexican cuisine is a mix of many ethnic verities. It has been influenced by a number of ethnicity including Mayas, early civilization of Aztecs, and modern Europe. The native elements of Mexican cuisine include peanuts, beans, vanilla, coconuts, chilli peppers, and tomatoes. With European influence cheese and meats like beef, chicken, pork, and goat were added. Mexican cuisine is often termed spicy, due to the use of wide verities of chillies such as Ancho, Serrano, and Jalapeno.
Mexican cuisine uses different types of herbs and spices, which are used to make different types of sauces and dips. Corn is one of the staple items used in Mexican cuisine. Popular dishes consist of crusts and breads. Corn flour dough called Masa, is used to make tortillas, enchiladas, quesadillas, tamales, and burritos. So, you should book professional kitchen cleaning services beforehand to get rid of the mess if you ever think to throw a Mexican cuisine party.
Here are the most popular authentic dishes the Mexican cuisine offers:
Tacos are probably the most popular Mexican food that is recognized all over the world. Tacos are tortillas filled with sauces, cheese, and fillings such as beans, meat, or vegetables. The American version of tacos has added guacamole, lettuce, and sour cream. The one thing common in a taco in every country is the meat.
This dish is also one of the most common items in restaurants and in households. Enchiladas are great for dinner, especially when paired with beer. They are a treat for cheese lovers. An enchilada consists of a large tortilla roll that is filled with beans, vegetables, and meat. Usually, the meat used is chicken, pork, or beef. The roll is then covered with a sauce and cheese, and placed on a baking pan. It is cooked till the cheese melts and usually eaten with sour cream and guacamole.
Tamales are a traditional Mexican staple food that is made with corn dough named Masa. The steamed Masa is filled with various ingredients such as chicken, pork, or vegetables. Along with it, cheese, fruits, and sometimes peppers are added too. After the stuffing, the tamales are placed inside a dried corn husk and then left for steaming. The final product is corn crust filled with juicy and delicious ingredients. It is paired with sauces and can be eaten with side dishes.
Guacamole is more of a sauce than a dish. It is one of the most popular Mexican foods and this traditional sauce dates back to the time of the Aztecs. Guacamole is made of mashed avocadoes, tomatoes, onion, chillies, lemon juice, and sometimes one or two cloves of garlic. Guacamole is often eaten with tortilla chips or as a side dish for other Mexican dishes.
Burrito is another popular Mexican dish that is famous worldwide. Similar to enchiladas, burritos are grilled or steamed tortilla flour filled with various ingredients which are then sealed in a cylindrical shape. Normally there is a sauce alongside a burrito to pair with. The fillings are often savoury having meats like beef, chicken, pork. It also includes vegetables like lettuce & tomatoes, cheese, and cooked beans. They are usually eaten by hand, but you also use a fork and a knife.
Most people consider this dish as Mexican curry but actually, it is a family of sauces that are made in different colours. These colours indicate the level of spiciness and taste. Normally the mole consists of 20 ingredients with the basic being the chilli peppers. The rest of the ingredients and spices are added later on and then stirred to perfection. On a popular note, the mole poblano is considered the best among all, which is a thick red sauce that is usually served over chicken or turkey.
Pozole is a pre-Hispanic soup that was used as a part of ritual sacrifices according to anthropologists. You can find readymade pozole with pork, chicken, and vegetable at any Mexican restaurant. This traditional dish is made from hominy corn with an abundance of herbs and spices, and stewed for hours, sometimes overnight. When it is ready to be serves, lettuce, onion, lime, radish, and chilli are sprinkled on top for garnishing.
Chiles en nogada
Chiles en nogada is the most patriotic dishe of Mexico as it contains are the three colours of the Mexican flag. Picadilo is a mix of chopped meat, spices, and fruits, which is paired with poblano chilli to get the green colour of the flag. The white part is a walnut-based cream and pomegranate seeds are used to get the red colour.