5 dishes to celebrate Mexico Independence Day!

Chiles en nogada is a dish from Mexican cuisin...

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Traditional Mexican cuisine is known for it’s richness in flavor, the ample use of spices and colorful presentation and was recently added to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO in order to protect it’s authenticity.

To get you in a celebration mood, here is a mouth-watering post about the five most representative dishes of our culture, enjoy! 

Chiles en Nogada

A very elaborated culinary creation to celebrate Mexico’s Independence after self-proclaimed Emperor Agustín de Iturbide signed the Treaty of Cordoba. The flag colors are represented in the ingredients of the dish which include Poblano pepper stuffed with pork picadillo made with aromatics, fruits such as peach, apple and pear and some spices. The Nogada is a white creamy sauce made of walnut used to top the stuffed pepper, to garnish the Chile en Nogada is commonly used pomegranate seeds and parsley.  This wonderful dish is a tradition in the month of September and is a pride of the Mexican cuisine. 

Enchiladas

A dish that will blow your mind! Enchiladas are made with corn tortillas that need to be coated with red mole (a spicy and sweet salsa that includes chocolate) and filled with Cotija cheese or chicken, then topped with sour cream, lettuce and tomato slices.  

Quesadillas de huitlacoche o flor de calabaza

One appetizer so many combinations! Corn torillas filled with cheese of any mexican variety (Chihuahua, Cotija, panela, Oaxaca, asadero). You can add other ingredients like cooked meat, beans, vegetables. Other very Mexican fixing for a quesadilla is huitlacoche (wheet-lah-KOH-chay) a fungal that grows on ears of corn, don’t be afraid by the name and origin of this delicacy known in the gourmet world as the Mexican Truffle, you should also try the squash flower, commonly used in southern parts of the country. 

Guacamole

An ambassador of Mexico!  This creamy dip or salad is usually used as a side dish or appetizer. Guacamole (whaa-kah-MOLE-aayy) main ingredient is the avocado either smashed or in chunks for consistency preferences, seasoned with salt and lemon juice (or lime), cilantro or parsley, diced onion and tomatoes, guacamoles is eaten with tortilla chips or tostadas. 

Margaritas!

I know margaritas are not food, but they are very mexican and today is a day of celebration in our country. This cocktail has become very popular internationally and it’s main component is Tequila Mexico’s favorite spirit, to prepare yourself a premium Margarita simply  add 2 oz of  Tequila, a splash of orange liqueur, lime juice and salt into a shaker filled with ice, mix enthusiastically for 30 seconds strain Margarita mixture into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a thin slice of lime, 

Enjoy these Mexican culinary delights and celebrate the Fiestas Patrias!

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