I’ve always loved Mexican food. Growing up in Denver meant an abundance of local authentic Mexican restaurants and a passionate love of green chile rivaled only by my friends from New Mexico. But don’t be fooled, Colorado’s green chile is a category all its own. Just Google “best green chile in Denver,” and you’ll see how seriously Coloradans take their favorite green chile spots. At home, while I’m not an expert at or even authentic in my Mexican food cooking, I do love that these dishes range from comfort food to healthy and delicious, and from complex and gourmet to quick-and-easy. Read on for some tips on how to bring delicious Mexican flavors to your kitchen.
A good, cheesy burrito or enchilada with a side of sour cream is one of my favorite comfort foods. As much as I love these, though, it can be just as delicious — not to mention healthy — to let the non-dairy flavors of the dish shine. For me, it’s all about the salsa. Even the simplest of recipes can be livened up by a high-quality salsa, whether store-bought or homemade. The best part is that salsa is just vegetables in a higher form, so it’s yummy and nutritious! Salsas come in a rainbow of colors and flavors, so branch out and explore a salsa verde or something unusual like a mango peach salsa.
I don’t know about you, but no matter what I’m cooking, all too often I get lazy about adding seasoning to my meats as they cook, especially if I’m in a hurry. I’ve found that especially in my Mexican food, highly seasoned, slow-cooked meats are the way to go. Not only are they more tasty and tender, but also significantly more flavorful — I don’t really have to add anything more to them, which also simplifies my evening. And I can get away with buying the cheaper cuts of pork and chicken since the slow cooker tenderizes them so well. One of my favorite things to make are these cilantro lime chicken tacos. Find more Mexican slow cooker recipes here.
You’ll notice that some of the best Mexican meals are loaded with garnishes, and this can make a difference in your cooking at home, too. Exploring your local Mexican grocery store or aisle in your supermarket can give you some great resources. Fresh tortillas or avocado will improve any dish. I like to find queso fresco and crema Mexicana to add a little something extra to my tacos. Or try a simple squeeze of lime and a handful of chopped cilantro to add a fresh, bright flavor to your favorite recipe. If you want to go more authentic, here are some tips on how to bring the best out of your Mexican cooking.
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Abby McCain is the Communications and Marketing Secretary at Meridian Technology Center.