Let’s just talk about a few Mexican recipes for a moment. My family’s FAVORITE is “Taco Salad”. Maybe it’s not strictly Mexican, but it is has all of the important staples such as tortilla chips, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce etc. you get the drift. Then there is my personal favorite authentic Mexican meal: Tortilla Soup. I would add the recipe, except I think I already did more than once on this blog. Those broiled toms and onions whirred with oil and then simmered with chicken broth…oh delight! (I am simmering the broth right now. The thing is, tortilla soup is actually just an excuse for me to eat an ENTIRE avocado at one meal.) A few nights ago we had tostadas, and let me tell you, we went ALL OUT with toppings. In addition to the standard lettuce and tomatoes, we also had minced onion, chopped black olives, plain yogurt and limes. The tostadas were divine, and people could put whatever they wanted on them. One child just had the meat and cheese for example. Hey, when the food is served in separate dishes like that, it’s legal. Then you have your standard crunchy tacos, black bean soup, enchiladas, chili. You might be thinking right about now, ‘ hey, you forgot to mention burritos, chimichangas and soft tacos!’. Actually no. The reason Mexican food is a gift from God is that it doesn’t require wheat/white flour. When you are gluten intolerant like me, this is crucial. So sadly, flour tortillas are usually left out in my kitchen. We can have a week of meals without me feeling deprived. Mexican food is filling, flavorful, delicious, easy to prepare, various and marvelous. I have some friends from Mexico who have also shared even more authentic recipes with me, such as chorizo and papas, and zucchini and corn. YUM!
Now let’s talk about why Mexican food is nectar of the gods.
- Fresh produce
Think about it. A vegan and a tried-and-true Texan can sit down together at the same meal and leave the table satisfied. Additionally, you can have as much heat as you want. One of my kids has ketchup on their taco salad. Another of my kids (okay, DH) dumps the Tabasco on like it’s going out of style. The textures of Mexican food satisfy every culinary desire. Refried beans, shredded chicken or beef, ground beef, crispy lettuce, firm tomatoes, crunchy corn, smooth buttery avocado…choose any three and make a quilted texture explosion in your mouth! Consider also that true Mexican food is very healthful. Fresh produce is a must for a great Mexican meal. The best veggies represent the Mexican flag! Red toms, red chili peppers, green lettuce, sweet peppers, jalapenos, white onions, garlic and white corn. The combination of vegetables and satisfying corn and beans or meat or both…it’s a fiesta for your tummy. And finally, while Jim Gaffigan makes a humorous point in one of his stand-up routines about Mexican food having the same four ingredients, you can still have a week full of meals that are just different enough that you don’t feel like you’re reinventing the wheel. Tostadas on Monday, chorizo and papas on Tuesday, Tortilla Soup on Wednesday, Chili on Thursday, Huevos Rancheros on Friday, Black Bean soup on Saturday, Enchiladas on Sunday. Some of the ingredients can be reused in a following meal, which stretches the grocery budget. I once checked out a book on Authentic Mexican Cooking from the library. I jokingly told DH that we could eat Mexican all week, and he said in all seriousness; “Okay.” That’s how much we love Mexican food. So these are the reasons that Mexican food is truly divine; I hope you are inspired to try a Mexican week’s worth of meals!