Learning About Mexican Food


It was a cooling afternoon on the weekend, goldfries and I casually walked in to a Mexican restaurant to dine for our next article write-up on food. The waiter greeted with a welcoming smile, ushered us to a table and presented the menu, a neatly done clip board with a stash of brown paper.

Flipping through the pages containing walls of text, I stared blankly at menu, “the terminologies used are unfamiliar and there is no picture to cross reference”. But thank goodness “uncle Google” was there to save the day, otherwise much time would be wasted from indecisiveness as I was drowning in the unfamiliar Mexican food.


This experience inspired me to dedicate this article to those who are unfamiliar with the Mexican food.

Without further ado, I will begin with the word; Antojitos, literally means “little craving” in reference to street food in Mexico. Most of them include corn as an ingredient. Street foods include tacos, tamales, gorditas, quesadillas, empalmes, tostadas, chalupa, elote, tlayudas, and tortas, as well as fresh fruit, vegetables, beverages and soups (menudo, pozole and pancita).


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Tortilla chips is a snack food made from corn tortillas, which are cut into wedges and then fried.


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Nachos is a Mexican dish of tortilla chips (totopos) covered with cheese or cheese-based sauce, often served as a snack. It is a popular food based on nixtamalized corn, of Mexican origin that can be either made quickly to serve as a snack or prepared with more ingredients to make a full meal.


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Taco is a traditional Mexican dish composed of corn or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling. A taco can be made with a variety of fillings, including beef, pork, chicken, seafood, vegetables and cheese, allowing for great versatility and variety. A taco is generally eaten without utensils and is often accompanied by garnishes such as salsa, avocado or guacamole, cilantro, tomatoes, minced meat, onions and lettuce.


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Quesadillas is a flour tortilla or a corn tortilla filled with a savory mixture containing cheese, other ingredients, and/or vegetables, (often) then folded in half to form a half-moon shape.


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Huevos Ranchero is a popular breakfast dish consisting of eggs served in the style of the traditional large mid-morning fare on rural Mexican farms.


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Fajitas is a term found in Tex-Mex cuisine, commonly referring to any grilled meat usually served as a taco on a flour or corn tortilla.


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Burrito is a type of Mexican-American food. It consists of a wheat flour tortilla wrapped or folded into a cylindrical shape to completely enclose the filling.


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Enchilada is a corn tortilla rolled around a filling and covered with a chili pepper sauce.


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Mexican Casserole


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Chimichangas also known as chivichanga or chimmy chonga is a deep-fried burrito that is popular in Southwestern U.S. cuisine, Tex-Mex cuisine, and the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Sonora. The dish is typically prepared by filling a flour tortilla with a wide range of ingredients most commonly rice, cheese, machaca, carne adobada, or shredded chicken, and folding it into a rectangular package. It is then deep-fried and can be accompanied with salsa, guacamole, sour cream and/or cheese.


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Stuffed Jalapeno


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Taquitos De Pollo


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A chipotle comes from the Nahuatl word chilpoctli meaning “smoked chili” is a smoke-dried jalapeño. It is a chili used primarily in Mexican and Mexican-inspired cuisines, such as Mexican-American and Tex-Mex.


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Guacamole is an avocado-based sauce that originated with the Aztecs in Mexico.


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Pico de Gallo


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Having my feet getting back on the ground after a quick glide on the unfamiliar Mexican food, reminds me of the all-time-favourite cartoon character back in those days. Here is a hint: “Andale, andale! Arriba, arriba!” which seemed to mean “Hurry up!”

Enjoy! 😀

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