25 Things You Might Not Know About Mexican Food

Anyone who has ever tasted a good Mexican dish is familiar with the rich palette of flavor that explodes in your mouth. The ethnic dance of spices, herbs, meats, and vegetables are enough to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. In truth, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t enjoy a good Mexican dish. But for something we all love so much, it’s surprising that we know so little about it. Things like it’s origin, history, and even preparation styles are all absent from the collective conscious of most Mexican food fans. Well, it’s time to change that. In today’s post you will learn about the true origin of Mexican food, some of the traditional preparation methods of your favorite Mexican dishes, and even some bizarre Mexican food items you probably did not realize existed. So if you want to learn more about the awesomeness that is Mexican food, check out today’s list: 25 Things you might not know about Mexican food. And if you are a food junkie and want to learn about some of the spiciest foods you’ve ever eaten, check out 25 of the world’s spiciest foods. Warning, this list is not for the spice intolerant people out there.

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Also from the colonial period comes such fare as lomo en adobo (pork loin in a spicy sauce), chiles rellenos (chilies stuffed with cheese, beef, or pork), guacamole (avocado, tomato, onion, chili, and coriander), and escabeche (marinades).

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Vanilla is a substance derived from the fruit pod of a certain species of Mexican orchid, and chocolate comes from the fruit of the Mexican cacao tree.

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Some Mexican dishes, especially those originating from the Yucatán and Vera Cruz, also have a Caribbean influence. Other Mexican dishes, such as bolillo, have a French influence. Bolillo is a popular Mexican bread.

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Fajitas were actually brought to prominence by Ninfa Rodriguez Laurenzo, who named her restaurant after herself—Ninfa’s. The dish was so simple in its appeal that other restaurants tried to steal her special recipe by sending spies to her restaurant.

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In some parts of Mexico, exotic foods include grasshoppers and caterpillars. Tacos in some parts of the country also come with different fillings, from cow’s brains to cow’s testicles.

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