If you enjoy trying out new recipes and experiencing the foods and flavors of different countries, than look no further than Mexico. This exciting country has a rich history that emphasizes fresh flavors and textures in all their dishes. If you’re interested in trying out these local flavors, consider making one of these fun main or side dishes. It’s a great way to expand your taste experiences and have a great time in the kitchen!
Green Tomatilla Salsa
Salsa has become a mainstream dish, but it actually got its humble origins in Mexico. You may have tried tomatilla salsa before, but if you’ve never made your own fresh salsa, then you’re missing out on a huge amount of flavor. This fresh recipe combines simple ingredients to make an amazing combination of flavors.
8 ounces tomatillas
1 Jalapeno chile
5 sprigs fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup onion, chopped
With this recipe, you have the option of choosing to make this salsa with raw tomatillas or roasted ones. The herby freshness of the raw salsa or the sweet richness of the roasted option both have a signature tang flavor. Also, the buzz in the jalapeno adds a spicy flavor and all of these flavors add up to a signature condiment that you’re sure to enjoy.
Chop the tomatillas roughly with the chiles and place in a blender. Combine them with cilantro and a 1/4 cup water and process until the mixture is a coarse puree. Using a colander, rinse the onion under cold water and shake to remove any excess moisture. Stir the onion into the salsa and add salt to taste.
Turn on the broiler and spread the tomatillas and chile on a baking sheet. Roast for about five minutes until they are darkly roasted, flipping as needed. Then place both ingredients into a food processor, adding the cilantro and 1/4 cup water. Blend the mixture until it reaches a coarse puree and then scrape out into a serving dish. Rinse the onion in cold water and then shake to remove any excess water. Add the onion to the salsa and add salt to season. Thoroughly combine all ingredients and then serve immediately or store in the fridge.
Tostadas are what we might think of as small pizzas, but they actually contain a wide variety of fresh ingredients. They’re easy to make and can be personalized to include all of your favorite ingredients. This fresh dish is a great lunchtime or dinner meal, so try these out the next time you’re in the mood for fresh flavors!
6 corn tortillas
3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
1/3 cup lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
3 oz Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup shredded lettuce
2 cups fresh salsa
1/2 cup sour cream
To make the tortillas, start by pouring about two inches of oil into a large, heavy pan. Place the pan over medium heat and heat the oil to approximately 375 degrees. Add one tortilla at a time and let it fry in the hot oil until it reaches a brown and crispy state, about two minutes. Use tongs to remove the tortilla and then transfer to a pan and sprinkle with a small amount of salt. Set tortillas aside.
To make the topping, combine the chicken, lime juice, oil, cilantro, and salt in a small bowl and mix together. Cover this mixture and then set aside.
The next step involves assembling the tostadas. Preheat the broiler and then spread the refried beans evenly on each tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese and then transfer to a baking sheet. Place the tortillas on a baking sheet and place under the broiler until the cheese has melted and is slightly browned. Remove from oven and divide among six plates.
Add an equal amount of the chicken mixture on each tortilla and then top with lettuce. Then add avocado, salsa, and a small amount of sour cream. Sprinkle with chopped scallion and then serve immediately. This dish is best when eaten immediately after making and the tortillas may become soggy over time. Serve as soon as possible after making for the best results.
These two recipes are a great way to start exploring the unique flavors and dishes of Mexico. Try them out to have an international experience in the kitchen and learn more about Mexico’s rich culinary traditions and the dishes native to their country.
Spicy Mexican Eggs
Nothing like starting your day with a little kick. We came across this video of Gordon Ramsay delivering a spicy egg recipe that you can do in your own home. Easy to follow directions and a wonderful dish to wake up to.