Make Some Marvelous Mexican Food
A culinary salute to Cinco de Mayo
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
Reviewed By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
I love Mexican food; it's right up there with Italian for me. Whenever the Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) holiday comes along, it reminds me to celebrate the Mexican culture and cuisine. Each Cinco de Mayo, I try to learn something new about Mexico and make a Mexican dish that I've never made before.
Below, I'll share some recipes for homemade versions of two basic Mexican dishes, salsa and flour tortillas. But first, some fun facts about Mexico, the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world:
Mexican cuisine tells a story about this nation's history. The ancestors of Mexico's Mayan civilization are thought to have crossed the Bering land bridge from Asia more than 20,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. Maize (corn) and beans formed the basis of the ancient Mayan diet. Even now, these ingredients are still a big part of the Mexican diet.
In Mexico, the biggest meal of the day comes around 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Soup, beans and rice, and a meat dish are often served. In general, people eat very lightly at night. They might have cereal or sweet bread with milk or hot chocolate.
We have Mexico to thank for many of the world's favorite foods:
Tortillas are eaten every day in Mexico. In northern Mexico, the flour tortilla is more popular, while in southern Mexico, the corn tortilla is more common. Below, you'll find a recipe for a part whole-wheat flour tortilla that you can eat as bread or use to wrap all sorts of flavorful fillings.
In some areas, salsa (a mixture of chopped tomato, onion, and spices) is to Mexican people what catsup is to Americans -- it's added to just about everything. Here's how you can whip up a homemade batch that tops anything you get from a jar.
Use this quick recipe to flavor all sorts of dishes, from meats (try baking chicken breasts in it) to multi-ingredient Mexican entrees (like tacos, taco salad, enchiladas, and quesadillas).
2 large, ripe tomatoes
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