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Traditional Mexican Recipes
Mexico has many different regions, each with their own unique dishes and flavor combinations. While you may be familiar with some dishes at Mexican restaurants in the United States, they have often been changed to suit local tastes or restaurant food trends. Explore traditional Mexican recipes to recreate the flavors of Mexico at home.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Birria is a traditional Mexican dish from Jalisco. Perhaps because it is considered a hangover cure, it's often served for brunch the day after a wedding or other celebration. It's often sold at cafes and street stands in Mexico, where it is often made with goat meat or mutton. But you can make it with beef or pork or a mixture of meats.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Menudo - Spicy Tripe Soup
Menudo is widely offered as a weekend brunch food at rustic mom-and-pop restaurants in Mexico, perhaps because it's thought to be a hangover remedy. They prepare it a couple of days in advance and reheat it, concentrating the broth and flavor. There are many variations of menudo in different areas of Mexico. This version uses pigs feet and hominy. While it is not nearly as labor-intensive as are some versions, it does take time.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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Picadillo is ground or finely chopped beef cooked with vegetables and may include fruit. It is enjoyed throughout Latin America and either served as a main dish or used to fill empanadas, tamales, tacos, and more. This is a basic recipe you can use as a main dish or as a filling for tacos, empanadas, burritos, and more.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Chilorio - Sinaloan Pork in Chile Sauce
Chilorio is a dish that originated in the state of Sinaloa and is now enjoyed all over northern Mexico. Dried chiles are used to make the sauce. You can often find chilorio sold in Hispanic stores, but if you make your own you can adjust the spices to your personal taste. It makes a great filling for tacos, tortas, or burritos, or you can serve it as the main course.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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This chicken dish is popular in Quintana Roo, in Mexico's Yucatan region. It gets its signature flavor from bitter orange. The chicken is marinated in spices and then steamed in banana leaves.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Chiles En Nogada
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with this favorite traditional dish that has the colors of the Mexican flag. It's a stuffed green chile topped with creamy white walnut sauce and red pomegranate.seeds.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Puerco or Pollo en Salsa Verde
Chiles and tomatillos warm this green stew that is enjoyed both in the American Southwest (where it is known as Chile Verde or Chili Verde) and in Mexico where it is called Puerco/Pollo en Salsa Verde. You can make it with either cubed chicken or cubed pork.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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The Spanish word colorado simple means red, which describes the sauce of this tender beef stew. Chile Colorado is a favorite comfort food in Sonora and Chihuahua in northern Mexico. Serve it with tortillas to enjoy as a hearty meal.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Flan is served for dessert in Spain and all over Latin America. It's a creamy and satisfying end of the meal. If you're preparing a traditional Mexican meal, try this simple version made in individual servings.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Pastel de Tres Leches
For a fancier dessert than flan, this rich and creamy cake is made with three types of milk, hence the tres leches name. The cake is soaked in a sauce of sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream, and then topped with whipped cream.