From the tangy flavors of lime and tomatoes to the bold spices of cumin and chili powder, Mexican dishes are a delight for the senses. But what are the unique Mexican cooking tips many people don’t know? Here, we’ll look at lesser-known techniques and ingredients that elevate your Mexican cooking to the next level.
One of the secrets to achieving the rich, smoky flavor of the Mexican cuisine you find at Milwalky Taco is roasting vegetables. Roasting peppers, onions, and tomatoes, until they are charred and caramelized adds depth and complexity to the flavors of your dishes. You can roast vegetables on a comal, a cast-iron skillet, or in the oven. Flip them often to avoid burning, and remove the skins before adding them to your recipe.
Making your own Salsas
Salsas are an essential component of Mexican cuisine, and making your salsa can take your dishes to a new level. While store-bought salsas can be convenient, they often lack the freshness and complexity of homemade salsas. Experiment with different combinations of fresh ingredients like tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, cilantro, and lime juice to create your salsa.
Epazote is a lesser-known herb in Mexican cuisine that can add a distinctive flavor to your dishes. This herb has a unique aroma and a slightly bitter taste and often flavors black beans and soups. While it’s not commonly found in grocery stores, you can find it in Mexican markets or online.
Using Traditional Cooking Techniques
Many Mexican dishes have been passed down through generations, and with them come traditional cooking techniques. For example, using a molcajete, a mortar, and a pestle made from volcanic rock, can give your salsas and guacamole a unique texture and flavor. Similarly, using a comal to heat tortillas can give them a smoky flavor and a crisp texture.
Experimenting with Different Chilies
Chilies are a Mexican cuisine staple and add heat and depth of flavor to dishes. While jalapenos and serranos are common, many other types of chilies exist to explore. Ancho chilies, for example, have a mild, fruity flavor, while chipotle chilies are smoky and spicy. Experimenting with different chilies can help you create a unique flavor profile for your dishes.
Using Cotija Cheese
Cotija cheese is a crumbly, salty cheese often used in Mexican cuisine. It’s similar to feta cheese but has a drier texture and a stronger flavor. Cotija cheese is commonly used to top tacos and enchiladas or to sprinkle on top of soups and salads. If you can’t find Cotija cheese, feta cheese can be used as a substitute.
Frying your own Tortilla Chips
While it may be tempting to buy pre-made tortilla chips, frying your own can take your dishes to the next level. Homemade tortilla chips are crisp and flavorful and can be seasoned with various spices like chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder. To make your tortilla chips, cut corn tortillas into wedges and fry them in hot oil until crisp.
By incorporating these lesser-known tips and ingredients into your cooking, you can create dishes that are rich, complex, and full of flavor.