Mexico is a country full of wonderful people, traditions and foods. If you are an avid fan of nachos and tacos, you should try more than these. Mexican foods are more savoury than desserts, but there are some that might suit your taste buds. If you are a fan of savoury foods, Mexican dishes are for you. Teh Talk is a website where you can get more information regarding foods and places you probably want to visit. You don’t even have to fly to Mexico, you can actually get them here, in Malaysia. Once you find out the best restaurant that sells these dishes, you would have to add some foods to your favourite food list. Alright, without any further delay, let’s find out the best Mexican dishes to try out.
A quesadilla (/ˌkeɪsəˈdiːjə/) is probably one of the most famous Mexican foods that you might have heard before. A quesadilla usually consists of cheese, meats and salsa as the main ingredient. It is commonly corn tortilla, but in some recipes, they use flour tortilla instead. The origin of quesadilla is actually from colonial Mexico, which is the old name and the current name is New Spain. The original quesadilla is usually made using a tortilla and filled with a type of cheese called the Oaxaca cheese. Quesadillas are best served with guacamole and salsa, you can choose between red salsa or green one. They are usually cooked without oil. As for the fillings, the common ones are your desired type of meat, you can use chicken, beef or pork. These days, there are numerous different versions of quesadilla that could fit your taste. There are even dessert versions of quesadillas, where you can use sweet ingredients such as caramel and chocolate. If you want to make your own quesadilla at home, you will need the main ingredient which is a tortilla. It is best to use the corn tortilla according to the original recipe. For the toppings and fillings, you can get anything you prefer and make your own version of the quesadilla.
You might think of this dish as just tortilla chips with sauce, but it is actually more than that. Chilaquiles are a common breakfast dish in Mexico and it usually consists of tortilla chips and green or red salsa. The tortilla chips would be fried or baked before the salsa is poured all over. The main point of it is to make them softened and later would be garnished with white cheese and cream. Eggs and guacamole are also served as side dishes. The key to success for delicious and mouth-watering chilaquiles is the enchilada sauce, either salsa roja or salsa verde. Salsa roja is the red sauce you normally see in Mexican cuisines while salsa verde is the green-coloured spicy sauce made of green chilli peppers and tomatillo. Depending on your preferences, you can opt for any type of sauce.
This is probably the most popular cuisine among the others. You have heard and seen this dish before as they have been normalised in our country. There was one time when they just became viral and numerous food vendors started to sell nachos at their premises. Ignacio Anaya Garcia was the one who invented this food in 1940. At that time, he was working at a restaurant called Victory Club which was located in Piedras Negras. The invention of nachos happened when a regular customer asked Anaya to bring a different snack than the usual ones they usually get. That was the moment when Anaya saw fried pieces of corn tortilla which he later added pickled jalapeño strips and melted cheese. That was the story of how nachos were made and the legacy still continues until this day. The current versions of nachos have evolved, where many additional ingredients have been added such as the red sauce, guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo.
Dulce de Leche
We have been seeing only savoury foods and there is no dessert listed yet. It is time for Dulce de Leche to shine. Dulce de Leche is caramelised milk and actually originated from
Latin America, which means Mexico is also a part of the country. It can be made by heating sugar and milk slowly for several hours. The final result is just like in the picture, where it has glazy and the consistency of the sauce and brown in colour. Dulce de Leche is usually used as toppings for other foods such as muffins or cupcakes, cakes, and pie. Sometimes, an additional ingredient can be added such as vanilla, to add some kick to the flavour. You can eat it on its own, but most of the time it is used to top the pastries mentioned.
Adding another dessert on the list, this type of dessert is suitable for adults. Make sure that your children are not with you while you are trying to take a bite of this pie. Margarita pie, as the name suggests, contains tequila, the all-time favourite kind of alcohol. With a little touch-up, you can enjoy the cocktail, but in pie form. Margarita pies would normally be made with around two to three tablespoons of tequila, just enough to get the taste to kick in. on top of that, limes are a must. They are used to ensure that the taste of tequila would not overshadow the taste and to make sure that the tequila is not too strong.
This is one of the most unique Mexican food you really need to try out. Tamale is made of masa, which means a dough made of nixtamalized corn. It would later be steamed in a banana leaf or corn husk. Based on reliable sources, tamale’s origin is in Mesoamerica. The fillings can vary from cheeses to vegetables to meats or according to your own preference. Let’s take a look at Mexican tamale history. According to research, there were hieroglyphs by The Classic Maya on tamales. This was during the Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. The modern Mexico version has been improved by using masa. Apart from their beautiful people and cultures, their foods are also worth trying.
These are among the common and uncommon Mexican cuisines that you should try out if you are a fan of Mexican foods. They all vary from savouries to desserts and you can make some changes to the original recipe if you try them out at home.