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What are the best tips for making Mexican food?

Mexican cuisine

Mexican cuisine encompasses a wide variety of recipes from the different regions of Mexico. This type of food commonly uses beans, rice, tomatoes, chilis and tortillas in many dishes. Proteins, such as beef, chicken and seafood, are also common ingredients in Mexican recipes. Mexican food is generally flavorful and well-seasoned. When preparing Mexican food, it is generally best to use fresh ingredients that are in season.

Mexico is a large country with many regions. Each of these has a distinct cuisine based on the ingredients that are available there. For this reason, Mexican food recipes generally taste better when fresh ingredients are used. This type of cuisine uses many vegetables, herbs and spices, which can usually be purchased at a farmer’s market or supermarket. Many large cities have Mexican markets that contain some of the more obscure ingredients that can be ordered in native dishes.

Typical dishes

Tortillas are often part of Mexican recipes. These can be made from corn or flour, and can be used to make dishes such as tacos, burritos and enchiladas. Tortillas can also be served in the same way that other cuisines serve bread with a meal. Homemade tortillas generally taste the best, but high-quality tortillas can also be purchased at a Mexican bakery or market.

Several authentic Mexican food dishes have a spicy flavor due to the use of chilis, such as jalapenos and habaneros. When preparing a dish that calls for hot peppers, care should be taken to avoid touching the face or eyes after handling. If a recipe is too hot for a person’s taste, the cook can cut off the top of a bell pepper and remove the seeds for a milder flavor. Chilis can also be roasted to enhance their flavors.

Many Mexican dishes are served with rice and beans. Refried beans made with lard are very popular, but whole black beans are also common in Mexican cooking. Mexican rice is usually cooked with tomatoes, onions and seasonings, resulting in a fluffy rice dish with lots of flavor. Rice and beans can also be used as a filling for tacos or burritos or as a side dish. Try the recipe with rice as a filling for tacos or as a side dish as well

Beans and rice are staples of Mexican cuisine, but many Mexican food recipes also call for a type of protein. Chicken and beef are commonly used, and there are many recipes that call for seafood, such as shrimp or fish. When cooking Mexican food, the protein is often marinated for maximum flavor. If the proper ingredients are not available to make an authentic Mexican marinade, meat that is pre-seasoned and marinated can often be purchased at a Mexican butcher or grocery store.

Red rice 

Red rice, also called Mexican rice or Mexican-style rice, is a typical dish of Mexican gastronomy.

Its preparation is very simple, similar to that of white rice, although in this case the rice is cooked with a broth made with tomato, garlic, onion and chicken broth. As with white rice, red rice is used as an accompaniment to other dishes, and is not usually eaten alone.

Mexican red rice recipe


  • 1 cup of long rice (washed and drained).
  • 2 chopped tomatoes.
  • 2 cups of chicken broth.
  • ½ chopped onion.
  • 1 small piece of onion.
  • 1 clove garlic.
  • 1 teaspoon achiote paste.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Olive oil.
  • Cilantro.

How to make red rice Mexican style

  1. Sauté the rice
  2. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and add the rice. Let it brown for a minute.
  3. Add the chopped onion to the rice and continue stirring until the onion turns color.

Prepare the tomato sauce

  1. Put the chopped tomatoes, the small piece of onion, the peeled garlic clove and the chicken broth in the blender. The achiote paste must be added at this point.
  2. Blend well to obtain a tomato puree or tomato broth.

Mix with the rice

  1. Add the tomato sauce to the rice together with the salt (1-2 teaspoons will usually be enough), and stir well.
  2. When it starts to boil, lower the fire to the minimum and let it boil for 15 minutes.
  3. Turn off and remove from the heat.
  4. Stir and serve with fresh cilantro.
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