Popular Recipes From Mexico — Especially for Summer Dining

Are you an enthusiast of Latino cuisine or do you have a craving for something new? Here are some popular recipes from Mexico you need to try out.

Mexican dishes are renowned for their deep flavors, colorful appearances, and their utilization of spices that will have you sweating with joy. There are so many popular recipes from Mexico. To experience these authentic foods is to familiarize yourself with an aspect of our Southern neighbor’s culture that offers a variety of recipes. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Mexican dinner with Tamale (Image by <a href="https://pixabay.com/users/catceeq-14180496/?utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=image&utm_content=4709667">catceeq</a> from <a href="https://pixabay.com/?utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=image&utm_content=4709667">catceeq/Pixabay</a>)
Mexican dinner with Tamale (Image by catceeq from catceeq/Pixabay).

Tamales

Tamales are a traditional staple made from a corn dough called masa (a maize dough that comes from ground nixtamalized corn). You can fill the masa with various meats, such as chicken and pork, or substitute these with vegetables. If you want to supplement the main filling, you can add cheeses, fruits, and peppers within the masa that you cook alongside the meat or vegetables. After filling the masa with ingredients, you wrap the tamales in dried corn husks that you steam. Once the tamales are ready, you discard the corn husks and enjoy the delicious filling inside. [Google | Tamales recipes]

Nixtamalization

— a process for the preparation of maize (corn), or other grain when corn is soaked and cooked in an alkaline solution, usually limewater (but sometimes aqueous potassium carbonate, washed, and then hulled. Nixtamalization removes up to 97%–100% of harmful aflatoxins from mycotoxin-contaminated corn.

Salsa Macha

While not a meal in itself, salsa macha is a great way to add a smokey flavor and nutty texture to any dish. As a result, it can freshen familiar foods with a deep and zesty flavor. Of course, it’s still salsa, so you can enjoy it in a more traditional sense by dipping chips into it. Salsa macha has actually become so popular that you can find it everywhere throughout Mexico, and it has also taken hold of the Southern United States. [Google | Salsa Macha recipes]




Birria

In contrast, birria is a lesser-known dish outside of Mexico but still one of the more popular recipes from Mexico you need to try out. This is because it’s easily one of the best foods within Mexican cuisine. Birria is a stew-like dish that features meat like goat or mutton that you slowly simmer within a rich broth of spices. Tender and juicy, it’s not a recipe to miss. [Google | Birria recipes]




Carnitas

The word “carnitas” simply translates to “little meats,” but it refers to pork that a chef has cooked to such tenderness that it becomes incredibly easy to cut and tear with a fork. Carnitas are a common ingredient within other dishes, and you may not be aware of them because many other things typically surround them. What really sets carnitas apart, however, is the fact that they’re fried meats. Due to this, their outsides develop satisfying crispiness while maintaining the tenderness within the meet. [Google | Carnitas recipes]

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Tamales (Image by Marten Holdway from Marten Holdway/Pixabay).

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