Better than burritos? YES!
These 17 simple Mexican recipes will help you create authentic, tasty Mexican meals right in your own kitchen.
From chiles en nogada to bunuelo, ‘Salsa, Spice And Everything Nice: A Visual Guide To Mexican Cuisine’ has all the ingredients you need to create authentic, tasty Mexican meals right in your own kitchen. There are also traditional desserts and drinks featured on the infographic, all of which hail from different regions of the beautiful country.
Salsa, Spice And Everything Nice: A Visual Guide To Mexican Cuisine
Infographic courtesy of Seaside Mexico.com
A particularly delicious drink is tescalate from Chiapas, a vanilla and chocolate mixture that is always lovely on a cool summer night.
Here is what the wonderful Latina Deserts.com says about cacao drinks
The only place in the world where you can see cacao and chocolate so imbedded in every day life is Oaxaca, Mexico. Even though 70% of the world’s cacao is produced in Africa, Oaxaca has no competition when it comes to consuming cacao. Go to anymercado and you will find vendors selling fermented cacao, washed cacao, balam (cacao’s cousin), fermented balam, cacao paste, and drinking many cacao drinks. Here are 5 cacao drinks, some you can make at home and some you have to travel to Oaxaca.
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Here’s the tescalate recipe from Latina Deserts.
1 cup of dried white corn
1/4 cup of cacao beans
1 corn tortilla
1 teaspoon of achiote (annato)
1 cup of sugar (or to taste)
1 small cinnamon stick
Toast corn, set aside. Toast the tortilla, cut into small pieces and grind everything in the local molino, metate or food processor. Grind until a paste then dissolve this with water and ice.
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Here’s what one reviewer on Amazon said about this wonderful book.
I can sense there might be some debate in store about America’s Test Kitchen’s new cookbook, “The Best Mexican Recipes.” There are people who pride themselves on their familiarity with authentic ethnic cuisine. Out of their passion for the real thing, they can at times become choosy about anything that isn’t 100% genuine. When you consider this cookbook, I think it is for the best if you realize that it is written by America’s Test Kitchen, recipe developers whose mission it is to produce consistently delicious recipes that can be replicated by the American (or should I specify estadounidense) home cook.
Here is a quote from the Introduction to this cookbook:
“So with this book, we set out to tell the story of Mexican cooking in the United States through a collection of foolproof recipes that range from little-known authentic dishes and Tex-Mex favorites to fresh, modern dishes inspired by the flavors of Mexico…We think this book presents the very best of American cooking put through the filter of what makes sense for the American home kitchen. No incredibly exotic local ingredients or complicated techniques best left to chefs.”
With that mind, I am very excited to have this collection of Mexican(ish) recipes.
Here is the breakdown of chapters:
1) Getting Started (intro to ingredients, equipment, and basic methods)
2) Appetizers and Drinks
3) Soups, Stews, and Chilis
4) Tacos, Tostadas, Tamales, and More
5) Burritos, Chimichangas, and Quesadillas
6) Enchiladas and Casseroles
8) Beef and Pork
10) Vegetarian Mains
Learn more about this great Mexican cookbook by clicking the picture of the book on the left, or just click here to see it on Amazon.