NOTE: WRITINGS ABOUT MEXICAN CUISINE WAS EXCERPTED. NOT COMMERCIAL
In central México you'll find a blend of Aztec and Spanish. Typical is the centuries old "mole poblano", a thick, dark sauce made with dried chiles, nuts, seeds, spices, cocoa and other ingredients. Southern México, with its variety of dried peppers, is famous for its savoury herbed stews and sauces.
Seafood, garnished with tomatoes and herbs followed by rich coffee is the basic meal along the Pacific Coast. And in the Yucatán Península, dinner is likely to be a Mayan delicacy like "pork pibil" cooked in banana leaves with the famed "achiote" sauce.
In food, as in everything else, the Mexican people have found a way to raise the everyday basics to an art form.It is also pertinent to point out that the fundamental Mexican food is based on corn, black beans and Chile. With these considerations in mind, some easy recipes for Mexican food are presented.
Fideos :Pasta, generally angelhair
Flan :A baked custard dessert topped with caramel
Flauta :Deep fried, stuffed corn tortillas
Frijoles Refritos :Refried beans
Leche de Enco :Coconut milk
Leche Quemada:Burnt milk candy
Maíz :Dried corn
Malanga :Root looks like a gnarled, brown skinned carrot. The flesh can be pink, yellow or cream colored. The flavor is suggestive of potatoes and beans
Mamey Sapote:Looks like an elongated coconut.
Mango:Tropical fruit, orange flesh
Maracuya :Round, lime size fruit has bright orange, highly perfumed, bracingly tart flesh. Also called granadilla, parcha and passion fruit
Margarita :A tequila based cocktail generally made with citrus and triple sec
Mariquita Cutter:Slotted board with a super sharp blade is used for cutting plantains, yuccas, and other root vegetables
Masa Harina :Masa processed with lime. An easy mix for tortillas and tamales
Metate:A rectangular stone grinding bowl
Molinillo :This intricately carved wooden beater is used for making drinks like Chocolate Mexicano
Olla de Presion :Pressure cooker
Pan Dulce :Sweet rolls
Quesadillas:Tortillas stuffed with various ingredients (cheese one) and folded in half. They can be fried, baked, sautéed or grilled until cheese melts forming a seal
Queso Añejo :A hard cheese also known as cotija
Queso Fresco :Homemade or very fresh cheese
Quinoa :Tiny, round, ivory colored grain, originated in the Andes Mts. When cooked it swells to four times its size and looks like a tiny disk with a C-shaped tail
Rajas :Fried poblano slices
Rocotillo :This chile looks like a miniature patty pan squash. Orange, yellow, or pale green, it's no larger than the tip of your thumb. It's highly fragrant and aromatic
Uva Pasa :Raisin