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Mexican Recipes


Mexico, although profoundly changed by the arrival of Europeans, has a long agricultural tradition that stretches back into pre-Columbian times. As you might expect, Mexican cuisine therefore combines elements of both the indigenous native American cuisine with European (especially Spanish - Spain ruled the country for 300 years) influences, and uses ingredients from both.

  • Traditional Mexican ingredients include corn, beans and chillies. These items have been part of the Mexican diet for thousands of years.

  • Ingredients introduced by the Spanish include sugar, cheese and livestock.

  • Fruits and vegetables include some that are both native to Mexico, and others that have been introduced: avocado, coconut, papya, pineapple, prickly pear cactus, squash, sweet potatoes and tomatoes.
Some popular Mexican foods include:
  • Guacamole - Guacamole is a dip whose principal ingredient is avocado, bout to wich other ingredients such as tomatoes and salt, and sometimes lime juice, onions, and spices, can be added. The recipe is believe to date back to pre-Columbian times.

    Guacamole

  • Tortilla - Tortilla is the traditional bread of Mexico. It is a flat unleavened bread made from ground maize (corn) or wheat flour. Some people claim the maize variety is more traditional, but in fact both forms have a very long history.

    Tortilla

  • Chili con carne - A spicy meat (beef or pork) stew with chili peppers. This dish has been widely exported and taken up in other countries, especially the United States, and hence there are many variations, either regional or based on personal preference. For example, tomatoes, onions, or kidney beans may added, brown sugar used as condiment, and in some countries (principally the United States, the United Kingdom the Sweden and Japan), it has become common to serve chili con carne over rice.

  • Enchilada - Enchiladas are tortillas that are dipped in oil or lard, then sauce, filled, rolled, placed in a casserole dish and layered with more sauce or other ingredients, and finally baked.

    Enchiladas with rice and beans

  • Burrito - A tortilla filled with meat, such as beef, pork or chicken. Traditionally, only meat is used for filling, and the tortilla is rolled into a thin tube. In the USA and other countries, it has become common to add other ingredients such as rice, beans, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, cheese or sour cream.
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The Mexican Slow Cooker: Recipes for Mole, Enchiladas, Carnitas, Chile Verde Pork, and More Favorites [A Cookbook]

By Deborah Schneider

Ten Speed Press
Released: 2012-07-31
Paperback (144 pages)

The Mexican Slow Cooker: Recipes for Mole, Enchiladas, Carnitas, Chile Verde Pork, and More Favorites [A Cookbook]
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A collection of 55 fix it and forget it recipes for Mexican favorites from an award-winning Mexican cooking authority, in a stylish, engaging package.

When acclaimed chef and cookbook author Deborah Schneider discovered that using her trusty slow cooker to make authentic Mexican recipes actually enhanced their flavor while dramatically reducing active cooking time, it was a revelation. Packed with Schneider’s favorite south-of-the-border recipes such as Tortilla Soup, Zesty Shredded Beef (Barbacoa), famed Mole Negro, the best tamales she has ever made, and more, The Mexican Slow Cooker delivers sophisticated meals and complex flavors, all with the ease and convenience that have made slow cookers enormously popular.

The Best Mexican Recipes: Kitchen-Tested Recipes Put the Real Flavors of Mexico Within Reach

America s Test Kitchen
Released: 2015-04-15
Paperback (318 pages)

The Best Mexican Recipes: Kitchen-Tested Recipes Put the Real Flavors of Mexico Within Reach
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Kitchen-tested recipes that bring the real flavors of Mexico home. 

Let America’s Test Kitchen be your guide to making deeply flavored Mexican dishes at home. Our first Mexican cookbook features foolproof appetizers, soups and stews, authentic egg dishes, tacos and tamales, burritos and enchiladas, and all manner of meat and seafood dishes. The Best Mexican Recipes includes a primer on Mexican home cooking with information on key ingredients (readily available at your supermarket) and innovative techniques that shave time off traditional preparation methods. Not only will you be able to cook amazingly flavorful Mexican food, but you’ll cook with confidence. 

Recipes include: Familiar favorites: Beef Enchiladas, Tamales, Grilled Fish Tacos, Classic Mexican Rice, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Stuffed Jalapenos, Chunky Guacamole, Fresh Margaritas, and more 

Authentic regional dishes: Queso Fundido, Chicken Mole Poblano, Ancho-Orange Pork Burritos, Yucatan-Style Barbecue Pork, Fish Veracruz, Oaxacan-Style Beef Brisket, and more.

Popular street foods: Sopes, Gorditas, Panuchos, Mexican Street Corn, Molletes, Huaraches with Poblanos, Red Peppers, and Queso Fresco, and more

The Essential Mexican Instant Pot Cookbook: Authentic Flavors and Modern Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker

By Deborah Schneider

Ten Speed Press
Released: 2018-10-30
Hardcover (192 pages)

The Essential Mexican Instant Pot Cookbook: Authentic Flavors and Modern Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker
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The vibrant flavors of Mexican food are celebrated in this enticing collection of 75 fresh and authentic recipes for soups, tacos, burritos, tamales, beans, salsas, desserts, all ready in minutes, thanks to the Instant Pot's revolutionary cooking power.

The best-selling Instant Pot—an electric, programmable pressure cooker—has quickly become one of the most popular kitchen appliances on the market for its hands-off and speedy-fast cooking abilities. The Essential Mexican Instant Pot Cookbook harnesses this revolutionary techonology to create straightforward, streamlined, and delicious recipes for Mexican favorites such as hearty posole soup, sizzling steak fajitas, tender carnitas tacos, cheesy enchiladas, stuffed tamales, classic refried beans, salsas galore, flan, churro bread pudding, and much more. 

This complete guide to Mexican cooking with your Instant Pot is authored by Chef Deborah Schneider, a James Beard Award-nominated author and chef/owner of six Mexican restaurants, and includes all of her best tips and tricks, as well as the authentic dishes you'll want to make over and over again.

Easy Mexican Food Favorites: A Mexican Cookbook for Taqueria-Style Home Cooking

By Jennifer Olvera

Rockridge Press
Released: 2017-02-14
Paperback (228 pages)

Easy Mexican Food Favorites: A Mexican Cookbook for Taqueria-Style Home Cooking
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Real Mexican food. Real easy.

Easy Mexican Food Favorites proves that you don’t have to live south of the border to make amazing Mexican cuisine. From Spicy Shrimp Tacos to Pork Carnitas, this Mexican cookbook is filled with simple and sumptuous recipes that every home cook can master.

Not much time to cook? Not a problem. This Mexican cookbook makes it easy to fit flavorful dishes into any schedule with make-ahead tips, timesavers, and lots of recipes that take 30 minutes or less.

This easy Mexican cookbook includes:

  • No-hassle recipes―From tacos to tamales, this Mexican cookbook is filled with 115 easy-to-follow recipes for classic favorites.
  • Fast and flavorful―Discover a Mexican cookbook that saves cooking time with meals that are as quick as they are delicioso.
  • Authentic flavors, familiar ingredients―Create real Mexican tastes using items you can find at your local grocery store.

Find out how simple it is to spice up your meals with Easy Mexican Food Favorites.

Mexican Tamale Recipes: How to Make Tamales From Scratch

By Angel Burns

Independently published
Paperback (127 pages)

Mexican Tamale Recipes: How to Make Tamales From Scratch
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Traditional dishes are always interesting and often very good. It's because there is always so much history behind their origin. They have stood the test of time and earned the right to be repeated in a recipe book. The tamale is no different.

Making a tamale need not be difficult. Anyone can learn how to make a Mexican dish of maize flour and seasoned meat steamed or baked in maize husks. It’s the technique that’s important and the slight variations in ingredients. This recipe book shows you all that.

There are ‘how-to’ lessons and recipes enclosed. Take a copy and start today.

The Art of Mexican Cooking: Traditional Mexican Cooking for Aficionados: A Cookbook

By Diana Kennedy

Clarkson Potter Publishers
Released: 2008-04-08
Hardcover (512 pages)

The Art of Mexican Cooking: Traditional Mexican Cooking for Aficionados: A Cookbook
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This indispensable cookbook, an instant classic when first published in 1989, is now back in print with a brand-new introduction from the most celebrated authority on Mexican cooking, Diana Kennedy. The culmination of more than fifty years of living, traveling, and cooking in Mexico, The Art of Mexican Cooking is the ultimate guide to creating authentic Mexican food in your own kitchen, with more than 200 beloved recipes as well as evocative illustrations.

The dishes included, favorites from all the regions of Mexico, range from sophisticated to pure and simple, but they all share an intrinsic depth of taste. Aficionados will go to great lengths to duplicate the authentic dishes (and Kennedy tells them exactly how), but here too is a wealth of less complicated recipes for the casual cook in search of the unmistakable flavors of a bold cuisine.

Kennedy shares the secrets of true Mexican flavor: balancing the piquant taste of chiles with a little salt and acid, for instance, or charring them to round out their flavor; broiling tomatoes to bring out their character, or adding cumin for a light accent. By using Kennedy’s kitchen wisdom and advice, and carefully selecting produce that is now readily available in most American markets, cooks with an appetite for Mexican cuisine–and Kennedy devotees old and new–can at last serve and enjoy real Mexican food.

“This is the ultimate in Mexican cooking from the world’s leading authority.”
—Paula Wolfert, author of The Cooking of South-West France

Mexican Cookbook: mexican food history and Mexican every day cuisine. A Mexican cookbook with mexican food Recipes and mexican salsas. The real Mexican home cooking book

By Aron Smith

Independently published
Paperback (194 pages)

Mexican Cookbook: mexican food history and Mexican every day cuisine. A Mexican cookbook with mexican food Recipes and mexican salsas. The real Mexican home cooking book
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Is Mexican food one of your favorite cuisines?

Would you like to prepare typical Mexican dishes to impress your friends or relatives?


There are many reasons to travel to Mexico; from the beaches of the Mayan Riviera to dream islands like Holbox and Cozumel, passing through the Mayan ruins of Teotihuacan to the capital Mexico City. But don't forget one of the most important aspects of a trip to this country: Mexican cuisine.

Mexican cuisine remains one of the most beloved and appreciated outside the country of origin, immediately after the Asian ones, such as Japanese or Chinese. It may be that it comes very close to the tastes of texas, it may be the inevitable presence of chili, but Mexican food has always been a huge success. The contamination of other cultures, especially Spanish, has influenced the way of conceiving the kitchen, bringing to the table dishes with an unmistakable flavor and unique taste.


....in this book you will find:


  • A step-by-step guide for each recipe
  • You will learn how to prepare recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and of course typical and most famous dishes (Tacos, tortillas, fajitas, quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas etc.).
  • You will learn how to prepare the most famous Mexican sauces
  • You will learn how to prepare the Mexican delicious desserts


And much more!


Mexican food is a real discovery, each dish has a strong flavor and often spicy, depending on the sauces that are added to the recipe. At any time of the day you want to eat, you have several options at your disposal, from breakfast (el desayuno) to the famous tacos with their endless varieties.


  • Even if you think that preparing a Mexican dish is difficult, in this book you will find the recipes explained in great detail.
  • Even if you think finding the ingredients to cook a Mexican dish is difficult, don't worry, you'll have the shopping list in every recipe and you'll be able to find the ingredients you need in every supermarket.


In this cookbook you will find all the tastiest alternatives of Mexican cuisine, to organize an original and really tasty dinner for your guests. We will see together what are the typical dishes of this country: we will discover how to flavor your dishes, using chili but also many other spices, flavors typical of Mexico.


What are you waiting for? scroll upwards and click on the "buy" button and you will get many ideas for cooking in a really tasty and special way.

Salsas and Moles: Fresh and Authentic Recipes for Pico de Gallo, Mole Poblano, Chimichurri, Guacamole, and More [A Cookbook]

By Deborah Schneider

Ten Speed Press
Released: 2015-04-14
Hardcover (160 pages)

Salsas and Moles: Fresh and Authentic Recipes for Pico de Gallo, Mole Poblano, Chimichurri, Guacamole, and More [A Cookbook]
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A collection of 60 authentic salsa and mole recipes from acclaimed chef/restaurateur Deborah Schneider, adapted for US kitchens.

America has a new favorite condiment: salsa. And with good reason—a great salsa makes a big impression with just a little bite. In Salsas and Moles, award-winning chef Deborah Schneider explores a wide variety of favorites, from classic table salsas to mole and enchilada sauces, plus chunky salsas and snacks. While some people think salsa is all about heat, Schneider teases out fresh flavors from chiles, fruits, and herbs, creating authentic recipes that showcase the unique flavors of Mexico.

With serving suggestions for each salsa, and recipes for popular sauces such as Salsa Verde, Enchilada Sauce, and Mango-Habanero Salsa, any salsa lover will be able to find their perfect match. 

Crock-Pot Mexican Slow Cooking

By Publications International Ltd.

Publications International, Ltd.
Released: 2017-12-15
Hardcover (192 pages)

Crock-Pot Mexican Slow Cooking
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Treat yourself to the rich, colorful cuisine of Mexico and discover unique slow-cooked dishes that are easy to prepare and delicious to eat.
Enjoy more than 80 slow-cooked Mexican recipes for zesty appetizers; simmering soups, stews and chilies; chicken and turkey; beef and pork; vegetarian fiesta; side dishes; desserts and drinks!
More than 80 full-color photos.

A Gringo's Guide to Authentic Mexican Cooking (Cookbooks and Restaurant Guides)

By Mad Coyote Joe

Cooper Square Publishing Llc
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A Gringo s Guide to Authentic Mexican Cooking (Cookbooks and Restaurant Guides)
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Popular TV host and author Mad Coyote Joe takes the foreign out of Mexican cuisine and replaces it with genuine, mouth-watering dishes. Featuring more than 100 of Joe's favorite recipes, this is the real enchilada.


 
 
 

 
 
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