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Cuisines of the World - Mexican

October 22, 2019

Again, there is a view of Mexican food that doesn’t do it justice and this is because of the way this has become one of the most popular #world cuisines in recent years. The

Mexican cuisine is primarily a fusion of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking with European, especially Spanish. The basic staples include corn, beans and chili peppers with a number of other foods introduced by the Europeans, in particular, meats including beef, pork, chicken, goat and sheep, dairy products (especially cheese) and various herbs and spices.

When conquered initially by the Spanish, they tried to impose their own diet on the country, however the foods and cooking techniques began to be mixed. Eventually African and Asian influences were also introduced into the mix.

Tortillas, chimichangas, fajitas and chili con carne have been adopted by Western restaurants as Mexican food, but this only really represents Northern Mexico. The food of Central and South Mexico is subtler with many dishes derived from the ancient Mayan culture.

Mexican cuisine is an important aspect of the culture, social structure and popular traditions of Mexico. Native ingredients include tomatoes, squashes, avocados, cocoa and vanilla

The main meal of the day in Mexico is the "comida". This is eaten between 1.30 pm and 4.00 pm.  It typically consists of an appetizer, a soup or salad and the main course: seafood, meat or poulty, rice and/ or beans and of course some hot tortillas.

You will find tortillas all over the country, along with plenty of eggs and vegetables. Chilies, chocolate, tomatoes and cumin are also major flavourings.

Mexicans work around their eating schedule unlike us in the Western world!

Traditionally we think of Mexican food as being tacos, salsa, quesadillas, beans, tortillas and enchiladas

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