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Mexican Cuisine: a cuisine full of flavors

Mexican cuisine is characterized by a great variety of spices, foods with strong and intense flavors, and the color of his dishes, this set is the combination of the pre-Columbian cuisine (Aztecs and Maya) and the Spanish and European cuisine imported with the arrival of the first conquistadores.

Among the ingredients of today typical Mexican cuisine but unknown in America before the arrival of Europeans were: pork, cows, sheep, chickens, rice, wheat, citrus fruits, watermelon, onions, garlic, spices, bread. While among the foods unknown in Europe before the discovery of America are: corn, beans, chili, pepper, tomato, cocoa, pineapple, avocado, pumpkin, indian fig, turkey, vanilla.

Mexican cuisine is one of the richest of the world for tastes, ingredients, protein, vitamins and minerals, while also having dishes spread across the Mexico, also has many varieties of dishes typical of each region of the country.

The northern part of Mexico is known for its beef dishes and cheeses. The southern area is known for dishes with spicy vegetables and chicken.

The Mexican national dish is Mole Poblano (turkey with aromatic pepper and chocolate sauce).

A GREAT VARIETY OF TORTILLAS

Other typical dishes are Tortillas, which are corn buns cooked on the plate. Tacos, that is, a kind of tortillas cooked on the plate or fried, stuffed with meat, rolled up and served with various types of sauces. Burritos: tortillas stuffed with beans, meat, chicken topped with chilli sauce. Quesadillas: tortillas stuffed with cheese and grilled or fried. The Enchiladas: tortillas stuffed with chicken and / or cheese and then fried, dipped in enchillada sauce. The Enfrijoladas: lightly fried, folded tortillas, covered with bean sauce. Fajitas: tortillas stuffed with pan-fried chicken strips. The Frijoles, that is, a cream of beans cooked with spices and then fried in oil and served with pieces of tortillas.

SAUCES FOR ALL TASTES

Among the best known sauces, usually very spicy, we find the guacamole sauce (pulp crushed avocado with onion, hot pepper, lemon and tomato), salsa de jitomate (cooked tomato sauce), salsa cruda (raw vegetables to pieces), salsa de chilpotle (smoked peppers in tomato sauce). Good is fruit, such as bananas, pineapple, mango, papaya, coconut, watermelon, melon, grapes, indian figs.

TYPICAL MEXICAN SWEETS

Among the typical sweet: arroz de leche (rice with milk, sugar and cinnamon), cajeta (milk caramel), pastel de queso (sweet cheese), capirotada (bread toasted, raisins, peanuts, walnuts, cheese, in syrup made of sugar cane, cinnamon and other spices), churros (fried pastella sticks served with hot chocolate), empanadas (stuffed pasta), flan (creme caramel baked), dulce de leche (sweet syrup made of milk), ice cream and paletas (ice lollies).

Among the non-alcoholic drinks are the jugos de fruta (fruit juices), the aguas frescas (fruit juice diluted with water), liquados (milk shakes to taste fruit sometimes with the addition of eggs), caffè de olla (coffee with cinnamon), chocolate (chocolate with cinnamon or vanilla, hot or cold). In addition to cerveza (beer), the typical alcoholic beverages of Mexico include: Tequila, Mezcal and Pulque all derived from the Agave plant.

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