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    How is "Mexican" food done in your country or area

    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:02 pm Groupie
    "Mexican" food varies from one local to another. Here in Texas this type of cuisine is different from what you might find in California or Arizona!


    Please share with us how "Mexican food" is done in your corner of the world!
    Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:42 am
    Forum Host
    And then we have New Mexican foods. I live in TX but on the border of Mexico and New Mexico. El Paso Mexican foods differs somewhat from Tex Mex. My cooking often tends to be more in line with New Mexico food having lived in NM for several years before moving to TX. Here is a recipe that I made a while back with flat enchiladas. These are really New Mexico style.

    Enchiladas (Red Chili) by Chef Janet #197014

    Here is a recipe that I posted for posole.

    Territorial Chile Posole Stew

    Photo by Mikekey

    The posole has green chili instead of a red chili sauce. It is also more a New Mexico thing.
    Dienia B.
    Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:08 pm Groupie
    alot of the people that are from mexico are from the yucatan . i have lived in el paso and southern ca and the food is completely different in all 3 places
    Dienia B.
    Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:24 pm Groupie
    Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:39 am
    Forum Host
    Dienia B. wrote:
    alot of the people that are from mexico are from the yucatan . i have lived in el paso and southern ca and the food is completely different in all 3 places

    Mexican food is so regional. It is really amazing that I can drive 45 miles and the food is so different. Border food, Tex Mex and New Mexican foods are something I am familiar with. Go up to Northern New Mexico and again the cuisine changes.
    Dienia B.
    Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:12 am Groupie
    my daughter in laws family is from yucatan and the food is very different .its good and they have a red sauce thats wonderful on lamb and pork. trying to get recipes from them is near to impossible . its like hehe its she cute icon_rolleyes.gif i grew up in southern cally . and i really like the mexican there. when i was stationed at el paso the food was different they had gorditos and the breakfast tacos and i like the tortillas more . people dont relize how different tortillas taste.
    Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:22 am
    Forum Host
    Even chilies. When Old El Paso Foods were actually produced in El Paso they were seasoned differently depending upon the part of the country they were being shipped. For example a canned enchilada sauce bought in El Paso might be different than one purchased in Boston.
    Dienia B.
    Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:45 am Groupie
    huh ,i remember i had not seen a jalepeno until i got to texas we had anchos this is before the big salsa and cilantro explosion and i asked if they were hot , the pause SHOULD have given me warning lol no its not hot he said , and i said ok i will try it lol ,moral of story believe the pause lol
    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:52 pm Groupie
    Wow! Great input everyone! Love how the cuisine differs!
    Cook In Southwest
    Thu Dec 08, 2011 4:18 pm Groupie
    Hubby and I live in New Mexico, where almost everything is drowned in chile sauce (either red or green.) We went on vacation to Arizona and found no chile sauce to speak of in their food. We actually were starting to go through withdrawals by the end of vacation, so as soon as we crossed the border back to New Mexico, we stopped at a Mexican restaurant to get our chile fix. Their food was drowning in chile sauce, just as we had hoped. We were then able to make the rest of the drive home without further suffering.

    I have found that some restaurants reduce the amount of chile sauce to suit the taste of tourists, but those who cater to the locals really pile it on.

    The heat of the chile is not determined by whether it is red or green. Either one can be hot or not so much. I've also read (and experienced) that it is addictive. If I ever move away, I'll have to grow chiles and make my own sauce if I can't get it in the stores. (By the way, homemade chile sauce is VERY different than the canned stuff - especially the green chile sauce.) I've started making homemade and putting it in the freezer, just because I enjoy the taste so much more than the canned stuff.
    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:29 pm Groupie
    Thank you ALL for sharing such great info!
    Dienia B.
    Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:56 pm Groupie
    this recipe was wicked good Aunt Bev's Hominy
    Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:24 pm Groupie
    Not just other countries either. Very different regionally in the US. Besides traveling overseas, we do fair amount of driving to many parts of the US and Mexican or Mexican-like foods are one of my favorites and always interesting seeing variations. For example, here in the Bay Area of California in the central coast, Mexican food is not the same as what's found in Tex, NM, Arizona or even LA area. Fair amount of mole is quite popular here. ,

    In Japan, Mexican foods has not quite caught on. They love French and Italian but the ones I've seen are very typical of 60's era Mexican food which is tacos, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and salsa with some Mexican rice etc. I love tacos too, but also enjoy other wonderfutl foods Mexico offers and in Japan, it has ot not been discovered yet.
    Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:36 pm Groupie
    icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif And the best burritos is found in my neighborhood ramen place run by a young Japanese man of ramen supreme with Mexican immigrants as kitchen helpers. Their burritos are awesome - berkeshire pork chunks grilled very much like charshew pork, kimchi, rice, etc, etc. His ramen are great, but it's his burritos is why I go there.
    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:53 pm Groupie
    Don't you just love finding those kinds of surprises in places you never would have dreamed?

    Thanks for sharing Rinshin!
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