Tag Archives: mexican food

Stuff Mexicans Like #20: La Gelatina (Jello)

10 Dec

 

Once considered (by me) to be only a special treat for extended hospital stays, Jello turns out to be the staple dessert in México. Planning a party in which Mexicans will be invited?  Your boss is coming for dinner? Someone getting married? There is only one dish that must always be present if you want to impress your Northern Latino visitors: Gelatin & Gelatin-based products.

Mexicans are so fond of Jello and the like that in Mexico one may find Gelatinerías (Jello stores) in nearly every city. Want something more fancy? Add fruit. Looking for sophistication? Pour a bit of Rompope on top. Creativity is called for? Think colorful layers. There is no end to the possibilities when gelatin is involved. Where United Statesians & Canadians may serve ice cream with each slice of cake, Mexicans serve….guess what?! Jello!

If you are watching your sugar intake due to your Diabetes or Gastritis (approximately 5 out of 5 Mexicans suffers from one or both at the same time during their lifetime), then you may want to substitute barbacoa (sheep cooked in a pit covered in Agave leaves), menudo (cow stomach lining stew), or carnitas (deep fried pork parts served with corn tortillas) in place of your delicious gelatina. All three are Mexican favorites and have more or less the same consistency as Jello.
Happy fiestas!

Mexican alternatives to gelatina that achieve the same effect in the mouth:

Barbacoa (sheep cooked under the Agave cactus in a pit) All Mexican mouths are watering at the sight of this image. 🙂

Menudo (Cow stomach lining in a spicy stew) Mmmm! Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning breakfast.

Carnitas (deep fried pork parts) I can taste the jellowy goodness now!

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Stuff Mexicans Like #7: Chile y Limón (Lime & spicy chile powder/salsa)

20 May
Mexicans, like Italians, are known for being very passionate about food, among other things. While Italian food is rich and creamy, Mexican food is known for its vibrant flavors exploding in your mouth. Two signature sabores that complement a great deal of Mexican cuisine are: the tangy lime combined with the spicy chile. After all, who doesn’t want chile y limón on their potato chips and popcorn?
Dishes & Drinks
Some common Mexican dishes and drinks that regularly receive a generous squeeze of lime and a healthy shaking or squirt of chile are as follows:
  • all fresh fruit & veggies (canteloupe, mango, apple, orange, cucumber, banana, jícama, carrots, elote (corn), etc.)
  • popcorn
  • all nuts
  • potato chips
  • fish and all seafood dishes
  • tacos of any kind
  • taquitos
  • gorditas
  • tostadas of any kind
  • potatoes cooked any way
  • guacamole
  • chicharón
  • quesadillas
  • all soups and caldos (broths/stews)
  • salads of all kinds (fruit or vegetable)
  • rice
  • chicken and all meat products
  • beans of all kinds
  • tortillas
  • totopos (tortilla chips)
  • all tequila based beverages
  • beer of any kind (michelada)
  • juice of any kind (vegetable or fruit)
  • alcohol of any kind (except creamy)
  • anything at all bland and possibly edible