Warm, melty cheese layered with hot jalapenos and drenched in guacamole. The bright colors of the salsa and lettuce all intertwined with the crunchy tortilla chip. There’s nothing like some nachos to brighten up someone’s day. It is the ultimate comfort food that has your mouth watering even before for the plate is placed in front of you. Nachos have a rich tradition with any sporting event here in the US, but what were they before? Where did they come from? Let’s take a step back from all the cheese and chips, and take a look at where this famous snack food came from.
If you have ever bitten into a fresh piece of buttered corn on the cob on a summer night, you know why we love corn so much. There’s nothing like the fresh, delicious, crispy taste a good corn on the cob. However, the corn we eat at our modern cookouts and picnics would not exist if it weren’t for those who have purposefully developed and cultivated it over the past several centuries. Corn is, in fact, a human invention, as it cannot be found growing naturally in the wild. Corn only survives when planted and cultivated by humans.
Acapulco is one of the most beautiful towns in all of Mexico. On three sides of its beautiful bay the towering Sierra Madre del Sur mountains reach right down to the shoreline. A beautiful beach separates the deep blue water of the bay and the impressive sky-scraping hotels and office buildings. Acapulco has become a popular location and resort spot.
One of the best things about any party is the inevitable bowl of chips and the little containers of goodness surrounding it. In these containers is our favorite salsa dips. This little bowls might mild, spicy hot, green, black bean, avocado, fruit, or any of the many other variations of the delicious dip. If you go to a Mexican restaurant you will probably get more than your fair share of chips and salsa, and you’ll be glad you did.
As the calendar quickly motors through the month of October, many people shift their attention to the final day of the month. For Americans, this means focusing on Halloween, which brings forth ghosts, ghouls, witches, and candy. In Mexico, however, the end of the month brings forth a different holiday: Dia De Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead.
It’s not really clear where exactly churros came from. The most common theory is that the Portuguese brought them to Europe from their trading trips to the orient. However, it’s also believed the Ming dynasty passed a law that sharing the secrets of the churros ways with foreigners was an offense punishable by death. Somehow the Portuguese were able to replicate the generally idea but never learned the Chinese technique for “pulling the dough.” Instead, they mold their churros in a star shape which is often seen today.
Tacos asadas, or steak tacos, are a tasty way to change up from the usual ground beef filling. Switching it up with steak adds a great source of protein as well as an opportunity for different flavors and seasonings. These Mexican steak tacos will add some juiciness and texture to your tacos and go well with some tortilla chips and salsa for a dinner party.
Everyone loves a good chili. It is one of those dishes that almost everyone grew up with. It is simple enough to make at home and filling enough to satisfy. This Mexican style chili features chipotle peppers and beef. Chipotle peppers are known for their distinctive smoky flavor which you’ll enjoy in this version.
Tortillas are best known as those handy (and tasty) contraptions in which we put the delicious ingredients to the most beloved Mexican foods. These edible containers are possibly the single most important aspect of Mexican cuisine. The taco, burrito, and chimichanga would be reduced to a messy pile of ground beef salad without them. Tortillas aren’t quite stable enough to put soup in so someone had the great idea to put the tortillas in soup. Hence, the blessing we know as tortilla soup. [Read more…]