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Mexico - Mexico Cuisine

If you live outside of Mexico and frequently dine at Mexican restaurants, you might have the impression that their cuisine consists of tacos, burritos, nachos, and enchiladas. Although those dishes are popular in many parts of Mexico, they have just as diverse cuisine as many other large countries throughout the world depending on the region.

2 avocados
2 tomatoes
1 medium onion
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (fresh coriander leaf)
1 Teaspoon white wine or cider vinegar
1 level teaspoon sugar
pepper to taste
Peel and chop all ingredients, place in a food processor or blender
and whiz!
The sugar balances the vinegar which helps to preserve and maintain a good colour.
Leave covered in the fridge at least 4 hours for the flavours to
mature. Excellent with unflavoured tortilla chips.

Chili Con Queso

1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped green onion
3/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 can (8 ounce) tomato sauce
1 can (4 ounce) chopped green chiles
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 package (1 pound) cheese spread, cubed (Velveeta)
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
paprika to taste
unsalted corn chips

Brown ground beef and drain. Add remaining ingredients except corn chips and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with corn chips.

Bean Burritos

2 cups cooked black beans or 1 can
1/4 medium onion
minced garlic (to taste)
4 cups of steamed rice
2 teaspoons of black pepper

Bring the black beans to a simmer in their own juices. Use fresh
garlic and slice it very fine so it nearly dissappears when you
add it to the beans with the pepper. After abouit five minutes,
add the onions. When serving use twice as much rice as beans and about a third as much lettuce, all wrapped in a flour tortilla.

Super Beef Enchiladas

1 1/2 cups beef; shredded cooked
1 1/2 cup sharp cheese; shredded
1/2 cup onion; chopped
1 cup cream of mushroom soup
1 cup tomato soup
10 oz enchilada sauce; mild
12 corn tortillas

Combine beef, onion and 1/2 cup cheese:set aside. Combine soups and sauce. Dip tortillas in hot oil a few seconds on each side to soften.

Top each with a heaping tablespoon beef mixture, roll up and place seam side down in 13x9" baking dish. Pour sauce over and top with 1 cup cheese. Bake at 350 for 1/2 hour.

Carne Asada

20 oz top sirloin steak
2 tb vegetable oil
1/2 ts dried leaf oregano, crushed
1/2 ts salt
1/4 ts coarsely ground pepper
1/4 c orange juice
1 tb lime juice
2 ts cider vinegar
2 orange slices, 1/2" thick

Place steak in a shallow glass baking dish. Rub with oil on each side. Sprinkle with oregano, salt and pepper. Sprinkle orange juice, lime juice, and vinegar over the steak. Cover and refrigerate overnight for best flavor or several hours, turning occasionally.

To cook, bring meat to room temperature. Prepare and preheat charcoal grill (or gas grill). Drain meat, reserving marinade. Place steak on grill. Top with orange slices. Occasionally spoon reserved marinade over steaks as they cook. Grill 3-4 minutes on each side, or until medium- rare. Cook longer if desired. Remove orange slices to turn steak. Replace orange slices on top of steak.

Refried Beans

1 lb. pinto beans (dry)
Water to cover beans
Cheese, as desired while refrying

Pick through beans for pebbles or stones. Rinse beans in a strainer under running water. To cook in slow cooker, put water in cooker and beans. Water should be at least 1 inch over beans. Cook on high. Add 1 teaspoon salt to water. Cook beans until soft to touch and have lost markings.

To Refry: Use fry pan with about 2 tablespoons of oil and heat. Add beans with some of the liquid. Mash beans and continue to cook in the pan. When almost done, sprinkle on jack cheese or aged white cheese to refried beans. Serve.

You can reheat this in a microwave. Can reheat refried beans on stove too, just add a little hot water to prevent burning.


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