Authentic Mexican Recipes – The Culinary Influences

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If you have tried authentic Mexican recipes, you must have an idea how uniquely the flavors and textured are blended.  Mexican food is one of the most famous cuisines in the world, with authentic Mexican recipes include nachos, tacos and the enchiladas. Authentic Mexican recipes have delighted the taste buds of food lovers all across the world. The popular authentic Mexican recipes are available in multi-cuisine food places globally. However, spices are not the single recognized facts about Mexican food as it is more than a famous spicy salsa and guacamole. This article presents some culinary influences that founded the emergence of this colorful, flavorful and rich cuisine.

Mayan Influence

One of the earliest influences that led to today’s popular authentic Mexican recipes was from Mayan Indies who traditionally were the nomadic gatherers and hunters. The Mayan Indians mostly lived in the Yucatan region in Southeast Mexico. Since the Mayan Indians were great hunters, their food included animals such as rabbits, deer, racoons, spider monkeys, pigeons, rattle snakes, armadillos, turkey, frog and even some insects. Other accompaniments used to be beans, tropical fruits and corn. Though some of the influence is still seen, this type of food is called pre-Hispanic cuisine, which is an exotic cuisine in the region.

Spanish Influence

When Spanish soldiers entered the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, they discovered that people’s food was mainly consisted of corn-based recipes with herbs and chilies, and tomatoes and beans. The soldiers finally combined their diet of pork, beef, rice, wine, onions, garlic and chicken with this native food, which includes beans, tomatoes, chocolate, avocado, vanilla, squash, fish, turkey, sweet potatoes, peanuts and chili pepper. This influence also led to the authentic Mexican recipes including Lomo en adobo, chili rellenos and quesadillas. All these have been the classic Mexican foods since many ages.

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