Anyone who has ever eaten Mexican food can testify to the fact that it is one of the most colorful cuisines in the whole world. A plateful of Mexican food can be likened to an artist’s palette with hues of red, green, orange, blue, etc. Of course, Mexican food is not only attractive to the eyes. Upon tasting any Mexican dish, you will experience a burst of flavor in your tongue that you probably won’t get from other types of dishes. It can be quite overwhelming to the uninitiated. Soon enough though, your mouth will get used to the fare and for sure it will ask for more.
Special World Cuisine
What is it really about Mexican food that makes it so special? Is it the rich history and culture of Mexico? Is it the warmth and hospitality of its people? Is it the beautiful land? Mexican food, as we know it today, is actually the combination of the traditional flavors of the land mixed with Hispanic cuisine and with a touch of French culture. Of course, you probably know already that Mexico is a former colony of Spain. France also briefly intervened in Mexico in the 19th century. Each new historical event only added more layers of flavors to Mexican food.
Popularity of Mexican Restaurant Food
Mexican food is popular all over the world but it holds a special place in the hearts of the American people. This is, of course, the result of sharing a border with the United States. The influence of Mexican cuisine can be seen clearly in states such as Texas, Arizona, California and New Mexico. In fact, many Americans have adapted Mexican food as their own. This is why you can see Mexican snacks such as tacos and quesadillas in many American fast food joints. And if you ask for a salsa or even a guacamole in an American restaurant, no one will look at you in a strange manner.
Of course, if you want to taste other Mexican dishes such as Carne Asada from the Northern region of Mexico or Pozole from the states of Guadalajara and Michoacan, you will really have to visit an authentic Mexican restaurant. The same is true if you want to try some huaraches, gorditas and sopes. It is not hard though to look for Mexican restaurants, especially in cosmopolitan cities such as New York or Chicago because they are all over the place.
The Basics of Mexican Food
You can distinguish real Mexican food both from the presentation and taste which are both determined by the ingredients used. Real tacos, for example, uses corn tortilla and not flour tortilla. The difference between the two in terms of presentation may not be very noticeable but when it comes to flavor, authentic Mexican ingredients is really superior.
If you want to truly experience the flavors of Mexico in the U.S., you need to find a restaurant that uses fresh and original ingredients. The use of flour over corn tortillas in local restaurants is understandable since flour is more abundant here. But you can also find restaurants that will go out of their way to source out original ingredients to provide customers with an authentic Mexican dining experience.