Hot Tamale – Mexican Food

Mexico is a country of vast history and traditions and this is reflected in the intense and varied flavours of their cuisine. The influence of the Spaniards who arrived in Mexico in 1521 is reflected in Mexican cuisine in varying degrees. When the Spanish landed in Mexico they found the people’s diet consisted mainly of corn-based dishes, a staple for over 4,000 years, mixed with chilies and herbs, and served with beans and squash. The Spaniards added domestic animals, such as beef, chicken and pork, as well as rice, sugar, cheese, wine, garlic and onions to expand on what they found already in Mexican cuisine.

The Aztec, Mayan, Zapotec and other natives inhabiting the Mexican land mass before the Spaniards arrived has also influenced the Mexican style of cooking. Pre-Columbian Mexican food included chocolate, maize, tomatoes, vanilla, avocado, papaya, pineapple, coconut, prickly pear cactus, chili peppers, beans, squash, sweet potatoes, peanuts and turkey. Spices in Mexican cooking…

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