Another cuisine which is familiar to the world is the Mexican cuisine. From tacos to enchiladas and nachos, Mexican influences in cooking can be found anywhere.
The Mexican cuisine is known by Tex-Mex food, which is a blend of flavours and recipes from the Mexican, Texan and American culture. Today, we can find several different kinds of Mexican and American food including enchiladas, tacos and burritos.
The most common ingredient used in Mexican food is corn. Like the ancient civilisations that lived in the region, Mexicans have learned how to cook almost every meal with corn. Corn flour is the main component involved in the preparation of the Mexican food, and corn is also used in many forms for a wide variety of meals, including candy. The basic staples are native foods such as corn, beans and chili peppers. Chili is another typical ingredient used as a condiment several meals, and is the main component of the Tabasco Hot Sauce.
Nachos, tacos, tortillas, enchiladas, burritos, fajitas and quesadilla
Nachos is a Tex-Mex dish from northern Mexico. The dish is composed of tortilla chips covered with cheese or cheese-based sauce, and is often served as a snack. More elaborate versions add more ingredients and can be served as a main dish.
Tacos are traditional Mexican dishes composed of a corn or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling. The filling could include either minced or shredded meat, chicken, pork, seafood or vegetables with salsa, avocado or guacamole, coriander, tomatoes, onions and lettuce.
Tortillas are soft, thin flatbread made from finely ground wheat flour. Originally derived from the corn tortilla, flour tortillas are commonly prepared with meat, mashed potatoes, cheese and other ingredients commonly used for fillings in tacos, quesadillas and burritos.
Enchiladas are corn tortilla rolled around a filling and covered with a chili pepper sauce. Enchiladas can be filled with a variety of ingredients, including meat, cheese, beans, potatoes, vegetables, seafood or combinations.
Both Mexican and Tex-Mex food, burritos consist of a wheat flour tortilla wrapped or folded into a cylindrical shape to completely enclose the filling. A classic burrito filling consists of cooked ground beef with taco seasonings, refried beans, shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes and onions and a healthy dose of salsa. The filling of burrito can consist of many things in accordance to the person’s preference.
An originally Californian innovation, a quesadilla is a wheat or corn tortilla filled with a savoury mixture, and/or vegetables, cooked often on a griddle, then folded in half to form a half-moon shape. The snack or comfort food is a palate pleaser for kids and adults alike. The ingredients of a quesadilla filling often includes cheese, a variety of vegetables like onions, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms and some type of meat such as diced chicken or steak.
A term found in Tex-Mex cuisine, fajita commonly refers to any grilled meat usually served as a taco on a flour or corn tortilla. It includes chicken, pork, shrimp, and all cuts of beef, usually cooked with onions and bell peppers. Popular condiments are shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, cheese, and tomato.
Salsa and guacamole
Originally a Spanish word meaning sauce, salsa is typically a word used to refer to sauces of the Mexican cuisine known as salsa picante, particularly those used as dips.
Marhaba Picks: Mexican restaurants to try in Doha (in no particular order):
- Salsa (Mexican) Doha Marriott Hotel | 4429 8499
- California Tortilla (American & Tex-Mex), C Ring Rd | 4434 4144
- Pampano (Mexican) 1 La Croisette, Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar | 4495 3876, 3368 0645
- Toro Toro (Latin American) Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar | 4035 5555
- Mr. Taco (Mexican) Dar Al Salam Mall, Abu Hamour | 4441 1966
- Mexican Home Restaurant (Mexican) Parco Mall, Abu Hamour | 3395 8037, 7030 2176
- Chili’s (American & Tex-Mex) various locations | 4444 5335 (Ramada), 4411 5848 (City Center-Doha Mall), 4427 3397 (Lagoona Mall)
- Applebee’s (American & Tex-Mex) various locations | 4442 7753 (Suhaim bin Hamad Street), 4493 4880 (City Centre-Doha Mall)
- TGI Friday’s (American & Tex-Mex) various locations | 4486 6602
- Benningan’s (American & Tex-Mex) Khalifa Stadium Complex, West Bay | 4483 8700
- Roger’s Diner (American & Tex-Mex) Suhaim bin Hamad St. | 4455 2333
Author: Ola Diab
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