MEXICAN FOODS by Ecem Demirtay
Real Mexican food is quite unlike the dishes found in most Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants in other countries. Mexican cuisine has some superb rich or spicy dishes
Mexican cuisine is a style of food that originates in Mexico. It is known for its varied flavors, colorful decoration, and variety of spices and ingredients, many of which are native to the country. The cuisine of Mexico has evolved through the centuries through a blending of indigenous (used for thousands of years) and European elements since the 16th century. On November 2010 Mexican cuisine was added by UNESCO to its lists of the world's "intangible cultural heritage".

The staples of Mexican cuisine are typically corn and beans. Corn, traditionally Mexico's staple grain, is eaten fresh, on the cob, and as a component of a number of dishes. Most corn, however, is used to make masa, a dough for tamales, tortillas, gorditas, and many other corn-based foods. Squash and peppers
also play important roles in Mexican cuisine.

The most important and frequently used spices in Mexican cuisine are Chile powder, oregano, cilantro, epazote, cinnamon, and cocoa. Chipotle, a smoke-dried jalapeño chili, is also common in Mexican cuisine. Many Mexican dishes also contain garlic and onions.
Next to corn, rice is the most common grain in Mexican cuisine. According to food writer Karen Hursh Graber, the initial introduction of rice to Spain from North Africa in the 4th century led to the Spanish introduction of rice into Mexico at the port of Veracruz in the 1520s. This, Graber says, created one of the earliest instances of the world's greatest fusion cuisines.
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Mexican Recipes and Mexican Food Recipes by Don Miguel
Mexican Recipes and Mexican Food Recipes by Don Miguel

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Chocolate played an important part in the history of Mexican cuisine. The word "chocolate" originates in Mexico's Aztec cuisine, derived from the Nahuatl word xocolatl. Chocolate was first drunk rather than eaten. It was used as currency and for religious rituals. In the past, the Maya civilization grew cacao trees and used the cacao seeds it produced to make a frothy, bitter drink.[ The drink, called xocoatl, was often flavored with vanilla, chili pepper, and achiote (also known as annatto).Chocolate was also an important luxury good throughout pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and cacao beans were often used as currency.For example, the Aztecs used a system in which one turkey cost one hundred cacao beans and one fresh avocado was worth three beans;[ and all of the areas that were conquered by the Aztecs that grew cacao beans were ordered to pay them as a tax, or as the Aztecs called it, a "tribute".[ Today chocolate is used in a wide array of Mexican foods, from savory dishes such as mole to traditional Mexican style hot chocolate and champurrados, both of which are prepared with a molinillo.

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Mexican-style drinking chocolate.





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_cuisine
http://www.differentworld.com/mexico/food.htm
http://www.donmiguel.com/mexican-recipes/mexican-food-recipes.php