los chilaquiles - strips of fried corn tortillas, simmered in salsa and served with eggs, beans or cheese
los tacos …corn or flour tortillas filled with beef, chicken, pork or fish and other toppings (lettuce, cheese, onions, salsa, etc…)
las enchiladas …tortillas soaked in sauce, stuffed with beef, cheese, beans or other fillings – rolled, placed in a baking dished, topped with more sauce and cheese, then baked.
los frijoles refritos …pinto, black or red beans soaked overnight, then cooked and mashed. They are then fried in pork fat or bacon grease and sometimes topped with onions, cheese or sauce.
el arroz mexicano …Mexican rice in a restaurant is toasted before adding liquid, tomato sauce or bullion and sometimes onions. It has a salty taste and a fluffy texture.
el guacamole …condiment made from mashed avocadoes with lemon, onion and other seasonings.
mole …a complicated Mexican condiment made from Mexican chocolate, various chili peppers, sesame seeds, cinnamon and other spices. Usually served over chicken or enchiladas.
5 ancho chili halves, dried, seeded 2 tomatoes, sliced 1 half onion, sliced 10 tomatillos, halved 1 plantain, ripe, sliced 3 pan dulces (little sweet breads, can be substituted for 5 dried tortillas and some sugar) small piece of cinnamon bark (substitute 1 tsp. dried cinnamon) 3 oz. chocolate Pinch of dried oregano 3 Tbs. sesame seeds Pinch of black pepper Read more at Suite101: Mole Sauce Recipe: Sophisticated, Traditional Recipe from Chiapas http://mexican- food.suite101.com/article.cfm/mole_sauce#ixzz0bfZQnJG3Mole Sauce Recipe: Sophisticated, Traditional Recipe from Chiapashttp://mexican- food.suite101.com/article.cfm/mole_sauce#ixzz0bfZQnJG3
Lightly fry anchos, bread, plantains Place in a bowl and cover with cooking liquid from chicken. Lightly break up ingredients and let soak while preparing other items. Toast sesame seeds in a frying pan for a minute. Add remaining ingredients (including chocolate) and fry to soften. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend smooth adding chicken broth as needed. You will probably have to do this in a couple batches. Simmer the blended mole in a large pot with remaining chicken broth for ten minutes. Add salt and sugar to taste. Add chicken pieces and simmer an additional 10 minutes. Read more at Suite101: Mole Sauce Recipe: Sophisticated, Traditional Recipe from Chiapas http://mexican- food.suite101.com/article.cfm/mole_sauce#ixzz0bfZbrYOYMole Sauce Recipe: Sophisticated, Traditional Recipe from Chiapashttp://mexican- food.suite101.com/article.cfm/mole_sauce#ixzz0bfZbrYOY
los tamales …meat filling inside of cornmeal. It is steamed inside of a corn husk.
las flautas …beef, pork or other meat filling wrapped in a corn tortilla and deep-fried. Served with sour cream, guacamole or salsa.
el flan …vanilla custard made with eggs, cream and sugar. It is served cold with a caramel sauce on top.
las sopapillas …fried flour tortillas with melted butter, dusted with cinnamon or powdered sugar and drizzled with honey or chocolate
las carnitas …marinated, seasoned, roasted pork served in flour tortillas
los burritos …meat, cheese, and other savory fillings wrapped in a large flour tortilla
la quesadilla …two flour tortillas stacked and filled with a variety of cheeses, sometimes chicken, steak, or vegetables. It is toasted so that the cheese melts.
los taquitos …corn tortillas stuffed with shredded beef or chicken, rolled up and deep-fried.
las tostadas …tortilla fried in oil until crispy – can be topped with a variety of toppings.
la chalupa …Flat corn tortillas with fried beans, sprinkled with cheese, and topped with guacamole salad.
la salsa mexicana …Mexican condiment made of diced tomatoes, peppers, onions, jalapeños and cilantro. Can be served hot or mild. Not just for nachos!
el pico de gallo …diced tomatoes, onions, jalapeños and cilantro. This pico de gallo has lime juice for extra flavor!
la tortilla …homemade tortillas are made from flour, vegetable oil, baking powder, salt and water. They are rolled thin and cooked in a skillet. They are a staple in Mexican cuisine and are used in a wide variety of dishes…