“Variety is the spice of life”!
At one time or another, we have all heard this phrase. At first, it may seem that this expression refers to cooking and activities related to the kitchen. But upon further reflection, it becomes clear that the saying also has a meaning that is much broader than just the culinary terms as implied.
With one big exception, however! This phrase really does capture the entire essence of a specific type of food. What is it? Well, it is authentic Mexican food, of course!
Mexican cuisine is colorful, natural, varied and absolutely delicious. And Americans are in on this culinary treasure chest! No wonder there’s Mexican ingredients and Mexican food cooked in nearly three-quarters of homes in the U.S.–71.08%, to be exact. And a majority of consumers are craving unfamiliar foods and bolder flavors (66%), while even more (75%, or two-thirds) want ethnic cuisines with new flavors.
Well, Mexican food recipes fit these cravings and this interest level just perfectly! Mexican dishes are not only nutritional gold mines, but they are visually appealing (make that irresistible!), affordable and basically pretty easy to make.
Having a meal made of authentic Mexican food recipes is really like taking a trip to this beautiful country. And Americans really do love Mexican food: it’s the top, most preferred international cuisine in the U.S.
This becomes even clearer when when the U.S. restaurant industry is examined, with Mexican food being sold in one out of every 10 restaurants in the country! Let’s take a look at some of the wonderful aspects of Mexican food recipes and what makes them so popular.
Mexican Food Recipes are Natural
Most of the Mexican food recipes use lots of vegetables and corn meal, two ingredients that are great for your body. Many Mexican food recipes use meats such as beef and chicken which are prepared by the process of grilling, a natural way to cook.
Authentic Mexican Food is Nutritious
Using vegetables, especially, adds to the nutritional value of most Mexican food recipes. Take salsa, for instance. Salsa is probably a very popular favorite among everyone in your local Mexican restaurant. It is made with tomatoes, which are so good for you! And yet, salsa is more popular than mayo and ketchup nationwide…it is the number one condiment in America!
Food and Climate: Mexico Can Be Very Hot!
With seasonings such as cumin, paprika, coriander, pepper, chili powder, onion flakes, garlic, oregano, crushed red pepper and salt, there’s always a heat wave in Mexican food recipes! With such incredible variety and options, there really is something for everybody.
So, it’s clear to see that when it comes to authentic Mexican food recipes, variety really is the spice of life! And with 38,000 Mexican restaurants in America (as of 2011), if you want to spice up your next meal you probably won’t have to go too far before you find some delicious, nutritious Mexican food.
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