Mexican Food: A Few Interesting Facts Before You Pig Out

tacos and tortilla chipsMexican cuisine is not popular for no reason. Just ask the patrons that flock any Mexican restaurant in Colorado and beyond. If you have not tried it, you are missing out on a lot! But let us assume you have not and you are looking to try it for the first time.

Perhaps a few interesting tidbits can help whet your appetite. It might be the best tasting cuisine you have never had – until now.

A Brief History

Authentic Mexican restaurants such as believe that authentic Mexican cuisine comes from the Ancient Mayans and Aztecs. These people are nomadic hunters and gatherers that also have access to basic farming. Before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, the Mayans already have a diverse cuisine.

Wild game, tropical fruits, corn, and fish are among the staples. Over time they added chili peppers, salt, honey, and chocolate. And when Spain invaded Mexico in the 1500s, Spanish flavors and spices found their way into the Mexican table.

Sugar, Spice, And Everything Nice

Mexicans love their spices. Traditional chilies are almost always on the ingredient list. There are also stuff like smoked jalapenos, white cinnamon (aka Cannella), and dozens of varieties of chili. This contributes to the nice smoky flavor many Mexican dishes are known for.

Mexican cuisine is an explosion of flavors across different dishes. Finding a cuisine as diverse as this is hard. As for desserts, rice pudding, ice pops, and churros can give you a delightful helping of sweetness to balance out the spices.

Also, remember that different regions in Mexico have diverse selections of their own. Do you like fish? They have grouper, mojarra, red snapper, and other types of seafood such as lobsters, oysters, and crabs.

Wonder why Mexican food tends to have a nice, smoky flavor? It is due to traditional cooking methods such as heating food over open fire. They use cast iron pans and skillets to do this.

The first time you try Mexican food, try not to rush through it. Savor each flavor to the fullest and enjoy your meal.

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