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The mexican Food Culture: Tacos, Tortillas, Fajitas… What is what?

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Hey there 😉

As you know I just started the mexican week; that`s why I got a bit confused reading all the stuff about tortillas, fajitas, tacos and so on. What`s the difference between all the types of mexican dishes and why are there three different sizes of tortillas? Oops, and what`s about Tex-Mex-Food?

Well,the good message is: The whole structure of the mexican food culture is easier to understand than you may think. Let`s start with the tortillas: Tortillas are made from wheat flour (“Tortillas de harina”) or, traditionally, from corn flour (Tortillas de Maíz). It`s a thin flatbread but you also use the word “tortilla” for the flatbread filled with meat, vegetables etc. The traditional tortilla has a diameter of only a few centimeters! Because of that, mexican people use to take two of those”mini-tortillas” when they fill them. Thanks to the Tex-Mex food in Texas, the tortillas that you can buy in Europe or America use to be big like a small pan; the mexican culture in Texas with the tortilla chips etc. had a big influence on the mexican food of today.

The meat part of this filling is called “fajita” and seasoned with special fajita seasonings.

Tacos, enchiladas and burritos are the name for the whole tortilla dish, depending on the filling.

Okay, I guess you know the basic things and some special knowledge about mexico food now 😉 So let`s make filled tortillas!


Author: selmamatter

Hey there I´m a swiss student living in Zurich. My blog is about foreign food and lifestyle; I choose one country per week to blog about.

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