Mexican food is one of the most popular foods in the world. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas- Mexican recipes are spicy, colorful, and full of flavor. Not only are there regional differences, but Mexico itself is a diverse land of Aztec, Mayan and Spanish influences from their conquerors, with a bit of French thrown in for good measure.
Mexican food history has enjoyed many different cultural influences. This variety makes it a melting pot of culinary delights.
- Corn was the main staple of the pre-Colombian Mexicans. Almost all Mexican dishes include some form of tortilla or tamale.
- The Mexicans are also known for using chili peppers in their cooking. They combine this with other herbs to add more flavor and spice to their dishes.
Perhaps one of the best known influences on Mexican food comes from the Southwest United States, Texas to be exact, called "Tex-Mex." Tex-Mex is a delightful cultural combination of northern Mexico and South-western Texas. In today’s world, most of what we perceive as authentic Mexican food is actually a blend of Mexican food that has been Americanized, usually starting around the southern border of Texas and Mexico. Typical Tex-Mex” dishes include nachos, chimichangas, and fajitas. Most of these dishes were unseen in Mexico at all, and were products of restaurants around the border of Mexico producing new foods!