12 Fun Facts you didn’t know about Mexican food
Learn more about the awesomeness of Mexican food.
Did you know that Mexican cuisine is a fusion of indigenous Mesoamerican and European cooking, added after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in the 16th Century?
Native foods like corn, beans, avocados, tomatoes, chili peppers and rice were brought by the Spanish people during the conquest.
Important characters in Mexican history like Hernán Cortés, Moctezuma, Emperor Maximilian, and President Porfirio Díaz incorporated Spanish and French food that left their mark on the actual Mexican cuisine.
- There are three different colors of corn tortilla: Yellow, red and blue.
- Tortillas are in the diet of hundreds of families in México. They usually eat 3, filling them with Chicken, beef, eggs, beans, etc.
- Mexican food is actually healthy, since it has the perfect blend of all food groups between carbs and proteins.
- In 1519, the Spanish found out that emperor Moctezuma enjoyed drinking a beverage prepared with chocolate and sweetened with honey. It later found worldwide acceptance known as “milkshakes.”
- Adobos, chiles rellenos, guacamole, and escabeche come from the Colonial period.
- Chocolate comes from the cacao tree.
- Mexican exotic food from some parts of the country includes tacos made up of grasshoppers, worms, and caterpillars.
- Mexican food in the USA is not Mexican, it’s called Tex Mex.
- Mexican desserts tend to include chiles for hot and sweet taste.
- Traditional Mexican cuisine was inscribed in 2010 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
- In central México, quesadillas don’t have queso or cheese as the main ingredient. But, they are called quesadillas and the fillings are beef, chicken, pork, etc.
- In some parts of México, they serve exotic food with iguanas, rattlesnakes, and turtles as the main protein, or even, the famous “Caldo de Piedra”, warmed with river rocks.
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