Those with a less than distinguished palette may feel that places like Taco Bell are serving real, traditional Mexican cuisine, but this would be an error. While chain restaurants may have some of the basics for Mexican cuisine, true Mexican dishes range from cheesy to limy to light in taste. Read on to learn about a few simple, traditional Mexican dishes that you can make at home.
Gorditas are savory corn cakes that are crispy on the outside while remaining soft on the inside. The actual gordita serves as a mini serving plate that is edible as you can top it with a variety of toppings. Try a gordita fried in butter instead of oil and then topped with pulled pork or shredded chicken and your choice of extras. These are simple and great for the entire family.
For a bit more refined dish, try vegetable Chiles Rellenos with walnut sauce and cheese. This classic dish contains roasted poblano chiles stuffed with vegetables heated in olive oil. Cover with spiced walnut sauce and sprinkle cheese over the combination. Bake to melt the cheese and enjoy this refined and tasty meal.
For something extra to add to your backyard barbecue, try Mexican-style corn on the cob. Find Mexican corn at a local market and grill it with queso fresco and ancho chili powder for a taste that is out of this world. This is a traditional form of Mexican street food that is enjoyed by many. Another great ‘street’ food often found in Mexico is that of grilled tostadas with guacamole, chorizo, avocado sauce, and cheese. If homemade tostadas are too time-consuming, a store-bought version is available in most Mexican markets. Your friends and family will love this flavor-filled dish.
A special summer treat that is simple to put together yet remains traditional, is that of pineapple pork tacos. A bit of zesty pork paired with grilled pineapple in a soft or hard shell that you can buy or make is great for hot summer nights when a great meal is needed. Mix up some red or green salsa to add a bit of flair to this simple treat.
So whether you are looking for a simple treat or a full out meal, try traditional Mexican cuisine. The recipes are typically simple, but the flavors are complex and will leave you satisfied. Which dish will you try tonight?