Did you know that? In 2010, Mexican cuisine was put on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO).
Traditional Mexican cuisine is a complete cultural model that includes agricultural activities, ritual practices, ancient knowledge, culinary techniques, customs and behaviors of the ancestral community.
Mexican cooking is very elaborate and full of symbols, with 100% natural ingredients such as; corn, beans, a variety of chilies, as well as tomatoes, avocados, vanilla, all kinds of vegetables and fruits.
For example, the famous tortilla is made from corn. The corn goes through a culinary preparation process called nixtamalization (shucking the corn with lime water to increase its nutritional value), and then special utensils like “metates” and “morteros” (stone mortars) are used to make the tortilla.
Both tortilla and corn are fundamental in the preparation of most Mexican dishes.
So, it turns out that most of the “Mexican” dishes you’ve eaten abroad are probably not always 100% Mexican because they don’t contain the traditional ingredients.
🥑 Have a look at some examples of 100% Mexican dishes:
- Tacos de pastor
- Chicharrón en salsa verde o roja
- Chiles rellenos
- Mole Poblano o mole verde
- Tortas ahogadas
- Cochinita Pibil
- Tinga de pollo
- y mucho mas…
If you want to know more about it, I invite you to visit these pages where you can find more information about it:
- UNESCO article
- Mexican recipes
- Street Food: Latin America (on Netflix)
- Las crónicas del taco (on Netflix)
What’s your favorite Mexican dish? Let us know in the comments 👇