Americans love Mexican food. So much so that one out of every 10 restaurants across the nation sells this type of cuisine, making it the most popular style of international food in the entire country.
We all know that tacos, fajitas, and margaritas hail from Mexico, but when was the last time you actually thought about this particular type of cuisine as a whole? Many Americans believe Mexican food is all about taco bars and cheese, but in reality that is quite different than authentic Mexican cuisine. Here are some things you may not know about this delicious food that comes from south of the border.
Not all Mexican dishes are spicy
There's a belief that the majority of Mexican dishes are exceptionally spicy simply because chilies are a popular ingredient in Mexican culture. But this couldn't be farther from the truth -- there are plenty of different dishes that can be made and devoured without the spices taking over.
Mole means more than just sauce
In traditional Mexican fare, mole is a term used loosely for sauce. But mole is actually its own dish made of chocolate and chilies and is served with chicken, white rice, and tortillas to wipe up any leftovers. If you have found a dish with mole, you know you've found a great Mexican place!
Authentic guacamole may be different than what you're used to
No taco party is complete without guacamole, but traditional guacamole differs from today's recipe. Typical guac is made with tomato, white onion, avocado, serrano chile or jalapeno, cilantro, and salt. Using garlic and lemon or lime is a modern additive, and while delicious, it isn't found in some Mexican restaurants because it isn't traditional.
A traditional taco doesn't include a whopping amount of cheese
In the U.S., we're used to tacos with heaps of cheese on them. But real Mexican tacos don't have such a heavy emphasis on this dairy product; rather they choose to put emphasis on the smoky flavor of the meat, the texture of the corn tortilla, and the freshness of onions and tomatoes. And if you're lucky, you'll get a sprinkle of cheese.
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