Tianguis

Tianguis or market day in Ixcateopan de Cuauhtémoc, Guerrero

Tianguis or market day in Ixcateopan de Cuauhtémoc, Guerrero

A tianguis is an open air market or bazaar that is traditionally held on certain market days in a town or city neighbourhood in Mexico and Central America. This bazaar tradition has its roots well into the pre-Hispanic period and continues in many cases essentially unchanged into the present day. The word tianguiscomes from Nahuatl, the…

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Mexican Street Food

View of a taco stand in the Tacubaya neighbourhood of Mexico City

View of a taco stand in the Tacubaya neighbourhood of Mexico City

Street food in Mexico, called antojitos(literally “little cravings”), is prepared by street vendors and at small traditional markets in that country. 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…

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Esquites - Mexican Street Corn Salad

Esquites – Mexican Street Corn Salad

Esquites being fried in butter

Esquites being fried in butter

Esquites (or ezquites) (or troles or trolelotes in Northern Mexico) is a Mexican snack or antojito. Shops and market stalls selling corn also tend to sell Esquites. Festival and fair stalls may sell them too. The word esquites comes from the Nahuatl word ízquitl, which means “toasted corn”.

In one recipe, the grains of corn are first boiled in salted water. Then…

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Comal

Comal

Comal

Various sized earthware comals

Various sized earthware comals

A comal is a smooth, flat griddle typically used in Mexico and Central America to cook tortillas, toast spices, sear meat, and generally prepare food. Similar cookware is called a budare in South America. Some comals are concave and made of “barro” (clay). These are still made and used by the indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America. Comals…

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Sopa de Tortilla a la Mexicana

Sopa de Tortilla a la Mexicana

This hearty chicken soup with a Mexican flavour is loaded with chicken, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini. To save time, use cooked rotisserie chicken from the market or your own leftover chicken.

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Cochinita Pibil - Yucatan Pork Baked in Banana Leaves

Cochinita Pibil – Yucatan Pork Baked in Banana Leaves

Cochinita pibil (also puerco pibil or cochinita con achiote) is a traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork dish from the Yucatán Península of Mayan origin. Preparation of traditional cochinita or puerco pibil involves marinating the meat in strongly acidic citrus juice, colouring it with annatto seed, and roasting the meat while it is wrapped in banana leaf.

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Cochinita means baby pig, so true…

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Champ - Irish Mashed Potatoes

Champ – Irish Mashed Potatoes

Champ (brúitín in Irish) is an Irish dish, made by combining mashed potatoes and chopped spring onions with butter and milk, and optionally, salt and pepper. It is simple and inexpensive to produce. In some areas the dish is also called “poundies”.

Champ is similar to another Irish dish, Colcannon, which uses kale or cabbage in place of spring onions.

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Bramboráčky - Czech Savoury Potato Pancakes

Bramboráčky – Czech Savoury Potato Pancakes

Czech potato pancakes are called bramborák and it is made of grated potatoes with egg, breadcrumbs or flour and seasoning (salt, pepper, most importantly garlic and marjoram; sometimes ground caraway seeds) and is served as it is. Some regional versions blend in dough, sauerkraut, and/or sliced smoked meat. The same potato dough is used also as coating of fried pork chop called kaplický řízek.

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