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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

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
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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.

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

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
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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. 

Mexican Slow Cooker Cookbook: Easy, Flavorful Mexican Dishes That Cook Themselves

By Marye Audet

Rockridge Press
Paperback (176 pages)

Mexican Slow Cooker Cookbook: Easy, Flavorful Mexican Dishes That Cook Themselves
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Ingredients Go In, the Flavors of Mexico Come Out. It's That Simple.

Just because you love eating Mexican food doesn't mean you want to spend hours in the kitchen preparing and cooking ingredients. This slow cooker cookbook brings easy slow cooker meals to your table with the flavors of Mexico--with minimal effort on your part.

Whether you crave beloved Mexican classics or less-traditional restaurant favorites, you'll find everything from cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork) to chile and cheese dip in Marye Audet'sMexican Slow Cooker Cookbook. The hearty soups and stews, enchilada- and tamale-inspired casseroles, and tender meat dishes make for convenient and satisfying everyday dinners.
  • More than 80 Mexican slow cooker recipes, plus 10 bonus recipes for homemade staples from Corn Tortillas to Salsa Verde to Poblano Mole and more 
  • Tips for using your slow cooker effectively 
  • An overview of beloved Mexican foods, from enchiladas to quesadillas to tacos and more
  • Must-have pantry items for making Mexican dishes in a flash 
  • Everything you need to know about chiles 
When you want flavorful Mexican dishes that take less than 20 minutes of prep, open this Mexican cookbook and go about your day. Dinner will be waiting for you.

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

imusti
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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  • America's Test Kitchen
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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 Art of Mexican Cooking: Traditional Mexican Cooking for Aficionados

By Diana Kennedy

Kennedy, Diana/ Calderwood, Michael (PHT)/ Martinez-Ostos, Susana (ILT)
Released: 2008-04-08
Hardcover (512 pages)

The Art of Mexican Cooking: Traditional Mexican Cooking for Aficionados
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  • The Beloved Classic back in print!
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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

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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Just like great Mexican food, this Mexican cookbook begins at the source: classic recipes, bold flavors, and fresh ingredients.

Unless you live in a city known for its Mexican food, finding good Mexican cuisine can be challenging―and finding the right Mexican cookbook might be even more difficult.

For food writer and cookbook author Jennifer Olvera, cooking traditional Mexican meals began as a labor of love. As a working mother of 2, she wanted to recreate the traditional recipes she saw flowing freely at family gatherings, but also knew that spending hours in the kitchen wasn’t practical.

In Jennifer’s first Mexican cookbook, Easy Mexican Food Favorites: A Mexican Cookbook for Taqueria-Style Home Cooking, she shares the Mexican cooking secret she finally discovered―all you need to enjoy delicious Mexican food at home is some simple techniques, time-saving tips, and a gradual, acquired instinct.

Easy Mexican Food Favoritesis an all-in-one, easy-to-follow, learn-as-you-go Mexican cookbook offering:

  • 115 simple, hassle-free recipes, many of which take less than 45 minutes to prepare
  • Step-by-step instructions that teach a variety of simple, effective, and fast Mexican cooking techniques
  • Helpful cooking tips for what to prep, what to make ahead, and what to swap if you’re missing an ingredient

Easy Mexican Food Favorites: A Mexican Cookbook for Taqueria-Style Home Cooking brings you all the Mexican food you love without all the fuss. Whether you’re in the mood for salsas and tamales or enchiladas and horchatas, this Mexican cookbook has everything you need to get started.

Mexican Cookbook: Top 25 Real Home Cooking Mexican Recipes

By Jack Johns

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Mexican Cookbook: Top 25 Real Home Cooking Mexican Recipes
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The gorgeous and beautiful country of Mexico is not only a country with exotic locales and endless volleys of blue sea, but it also boasts one of the world's richest and amazing culture as well, particularly when it comes to cuisine!

Mexican cuisines are admired and loved by thousands of people all around the world who hold these meals to their heart.

Perhaps one of the more interesting aspects of Mexican cuisine is their unique attention to detail and a homemade cooking style where they try to opt for as many natural ingredients and spices as possible, which are largely responsible for Mexican cuisine having such a nice blend of flavors that kick right in the taste buds.

This book contains 25 of the best of the best Mexican recipes that you are going to find out there.

Each of these recipes is carefully chosen to ensure that they are not too difficult to make, so you should it be a breeze for you to experiment using them!

Start off your journey and enjoy your fiesta!

Inside we collected only best of the best Mexican recipes for:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Desserts
  • Snacks

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Authentic Mexican 20th Anniversary Ed: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico

By Rick Bayless

Bayless, Rick/ Bayless, Deann Groen (CON)/ Sandford, John (ILT)/ Hirsheimer, Christopher (PHT)
Released: 2007-04-03
Hardcover (384 pages)

Authentic Mexican 20th Anniversary Ed: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico
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Americans have at last discovered Mexico's passion for exciting food. We've fallen in love with the great Mexican combination of rich, earthy flavors and casual, festive dining. But we don't begin to imagine how sumptuous and varied the cooking of Mexico really is.

After ten years of loving exploration, Rick Bayless, together with his wife, Deann, gave us Authentic Mexican, this now classic, easy-to-use compendium of our southern neighbor's cooking.

This all-embracing cookbook offers the full range of dishes, from poultry, meat, fish, rice, beans, and vegetables to eggs, snacks made of corn masa, tacos, turnovers, enchiladas and their relatives, tamales, and moles, ending with desserts, sweets, and beverages. There are irresistible finger foods such as Yucatecan marinated shrimp tacos and crispy cheese-filled masa turnovers; spicy corn chowder and chorizo sausage with melted cheese will start off a special dinner; you will find mole poblano, charcoal-grilled pork in red-chile adobo, and marinated fish steamed in banana leaves for those times when you want to celebrate; and exotic ice creams, caramel custards, and pies to top off any meal. There's even a section devoted to refreshing coolers, rich chocolate drinks, and a variety of tequila-laced cocktails.

The master recipes feature all the pointers you'll need for re-creating genuine Mexican textures and flavors in a North American kitchen. Menu suggestions and timing and advance-preparation tips make these dishes perfectly convenient for today's working families. And traditional and contemporary variations accompany each recipe, allowing the cook to substitute and be creative.

Rick and Deann Bayless traveled more than thirty-five thousand miles investigating the six distinct regions of Mexico and learning to prepare what they found. From town to town, recipe by recipe, they personally introduce you to Mexico's cooks, their kitchens, their markets, and their feasts.

If, like the rest of us, you have a growing love for Mexican food, the reliable recipes in this book and the caring, personal presentation by Rick and Deann Bayless will provide meal after meal of pure pleasure for your family and friends.



 
 
 

 
 
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