April 09, 2014

After a brief hiatus, World Flavor Wednesday is back! This week we’re taking you south of the border for Mexican digs, capped off with a few margaritas and a whole lot of suntan lotion.

In Mexico, the sun is powerful and the food is picante. Chili peppers, ranging from mild to ridiculously hot, are a staple ingredient in every kitchen. Other pantry staples include avocado, tomatoes, corn, beans, and a plethora of spices and lime. Every good Mexican cook has a method for making corn tortillas, which are cheap, easy to prepare and consumed with just about everything. A quick mixture of masa harina and hot water creates a pliable dough that is flattened, griddled, then filled and devoured. Flour tortillas are also used, though not as common. Whether they are eaten plain, dipped in salsa, or used to make tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, flautas, tostadas, or chilaquiles, tortillas are an essential component of every Mexican meal.

Mexico has something for everyone, whether you enjoy staying in pampered resorts or backpacking on a budget. Travellers can eat in trendy fusion restaurants or grab a bite of the local street food, all while taking in Mexico’s colorful history and culture. The country’s inhabitants are some of the friendliest you’ll find, and they are known for bending over backwards in order to please their guests. Using these recipes, host your own Mexican fiesta and sample the country’s chili-laced fare.

BASIC:

Roasted Tomato Salsa

Guacamole

Habañero Sauce

Hibiscus-Mint MargaritasENTREES:

Panuchos (Black-Bean-Filled Tostadas)

Ceviche Perlita

Baja Fish Tacos

Quick Chicken Mole

Baked Chiles Rellenos

Chicken Escabeche with Cilantro Black BeansSIDES:

Grilled Mexican Corn with Crema

Mexican Pinto Beans

Mexican Red Rice

Jicama SlawDESSERTS:

Café con Leche Flan

Tres Leches Cake

Cajeta Ice Cream Sundaes

Mexican Hot Chocolate

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