Uses for mole poblano sauce

Chicken in mole poblano sauce

Mole poblano is a sauce traditional to Mexico which may contain as many as 20 ingredients. These include dark chocolate and a range of chili peppers – such as the mulato chili which adds heat as well as giving the mole poblano its classic dark brown colour. The poblano chili is also added, giving its name. “Mole” in Spanish means “sauce”.

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The health benefits of chillies

The health benefits of chillies - Mexican ChilliesChillies are often used in cooking to add flavour, texture and heat to a dish. There are many types of chili pepper with varying degrees of heat, from the extremely mild bell pepper (with 0 Scoville heat units) to the incredibly hot Carolina reaper and Komodo dragon peppers (with between 1,400,000-2,200,000 Scoville heat units).

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A guide to the most popular Mexican drinks

Tequila Reposado

Popular Mexican drinks

There are so many possibilities when it comes to Mexican food, whether it be tacos and enchiladas which are loved worldwide, or mole, pozole rojo and tomatillo salsa. There really is something for everyone.

But what about Mexican drinks? What are some of the must-have drinks direct from Mexico? Read our guide to popular Mexican drinks – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic – to find out.  Here’s a guide to the most popular Mexican drinks. Continue reading

Tomatillos: an introduction & how to prepare

Whole tomatillos

At first glance, you may be mistaken for assuming tomatillos are of the tomato family. In fact, they are of the nightshade family, but are more closely related to the gooseberry.

The fruit of the tomatillo plant is small, round and green or purple in colour. You can eat them raw or cooked and they are a Mexican staple.

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How to use a tortilla press

If there is a food for which Mexican food is recognised, it is the tortilla.

A food that has become a lifestyle because for Mexicans it is like bread…it’s on every table and consumed all the time. Accompanying the colours and aromas of the exotic Mexican cuisine the tortilla is, with its unmistakable simplicity, the protagonist of the dishes, and along with the tequila and the chilli, the culinary sign that represents an entire nation.

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Mexican chillies an overview: National identity

Mexican chillies

For more than 500 years, the chilli has been a food support of us Mexicans. The diverse from the pre-Hispanic cultures, the Mexica, Teotihuacan and Zapotec. Chilli in Mexico is also a symbol of identity, it’s the flavour that unites our family, and the harvesting prevails in our lands. The chilli is what defines us, although in an exclusive way compared with other diets known in the world. It is essential to give flavour to any dish and is, without doubt, the national condiment per excellence, it is believed that chillies are ‘the pepper of your land’: La Tierra del Chile. Continue reading