When you think of Mexican food you probably think of chilies, avocados, and perhaps a few traditional flavors. There are many more authentic Mexico flavors.
Discover Unique Mexico Flavors
When you think of Mexican food you probably think of chilies, avocados, tacos, and perhaps a few traditional flavors. You might be surprised to learn that there are many more authentic flavors of Mexico. They’re common in Mexico, but in the United States and abroad may seem unique.
The tamarind is a tree that grows abundantly in Mexico. It produces pods, or fruits. The pods are typically between three and six inches long. The fruit pulp is edible and is often described as both sweet and sour at the same time. It becomes sweeter as the fruit ripens. It is used in desserts, blended into juices or soft drinks, and is used as the primary ingredient in a number of snacks. It’s also often eaten raw or added to soups, stews and sauces.
Tripe is the stomach of farm animals. While it can be from a sheep or a pig, in most cases the tripe you find in Mexican recipes like menudo is cow stomach. It’s a traditional ingredient in many dishes around the globe. In Mexico the most common tripe dish is menudo.
It’s made with beef stomach in a red chili base or a clear broth. It generally has hominy, which are dried maize kernels that have been treated with an alkali. It can also include lime, onions, chilies, and cilantro.
Menudo takes hours to make, up to seven hours, and is often considered a specialty dish or something you’d serve when family comes over for dinner. It’s not commonly found in chain Mexican restaurants, however you can find it in authentic restaurants and you can most certainly make it yourself. If you’re making it yourself, make sure you know how to clean the tripe so it’s safe to eat.
Unique Mexico Flavors Mole
Mole sauce is a general name for a variety of sauces. It generally contains a number of peppers. It can also contain tamarind, cinnamon, peanuts, almonds, raisins and chocolate. Chocolate is often the most surprising ingredient for many people. However, don’t be fooled. Mole sauces aren’t generally sweet. Instead, they’re a complicated and spicy emulsion of flavors. Mole is often served with chicken. However, it can be served with chicken and even shrimp cakes. The most common mole sauce found in the U.S. is Mole Poblano, which has more than twenty ingredients.
If you enjoy trying unique flavors and you love Mexican food, consider adding these ingredients to your next meal. Mole sauce is elaborate but the ingredients are all readily available. You can find tamarind at many supermarkets and a specialty Mexican market will be sure to have it. Talk to your butcher about tripe.
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