Four traditional Mexican dishes you must try Authentic Mexican cuisine is one of the most popular in the world. Many traditional dishes date back to pre-Hispanic times, and chefs in gourmet Mexican restaurants who whip up these delicious dishes often cite the colourful markets and street food of Mexico as their source of inspiration. Here are four delectable dishes which must be sampled when dining in a Mexican restaurant.
Chilaquiles are a staple food in Mexico, invented centuries ago by Mexican folk who wanted to make something great out of slightly stale tortillas. Today, Chilaquiles have transformed from the creative leftover dish, to the star of the Mexican lunch menu. They are served sizzling, in a red or green pepper sauce, with cheese melting on top. Epazote, a traditional Mexican herb, is usually sprinkled el camion on the surface, along with sour cream and raw onion, all of which combine to create the creamy, tangy flavour which defines this dish. You can also try out red Chilaquiles, which are toasted tortillas made with a blend of purple chillies and fresh tomatoes.
The Tamale is a dish at the heart of Mexican gastronomy. Swaddled amongst cornhusks or banana leaves, is soft, chewy maize, a slow cooked pepper sauce and chicken marinated in green, yellow or black mole sauce. A thick bean paste is spread across this, along with a sprinkling of herbs, and the dish is usually served with green salsa and sweet dried fruit.
When it comes to delicious soups, Mexico knows its stuff. Pozole is an ancient broth soup recipe which actually dates all the way back to the pre-Columbian period. Itâ€™s made using hominy, and is slowly stewed with either pork or chicken for several hours. After the flavours have combined and the meat has tenderised, the soup is served with chilli, oregano, lime, onion and radish. This is a wonderfully spicy, warming dish, perfect to try when dining out in the winter months.
Published on Jul 19, 2012
The Tamale is a dish at the heart of Mexican gastronomy. Swaddled amongst cornhusks or banana leaves, is soft, chewy maize, a slow cooked pe...