With the many Mexican dishes people love, from tacos, burritos, and other dishes, you know there are specific ingredients that create mouth-watering meals. Within the Mexican Cuisine, there are common spices and herbs used to produce the smells and tastes that we come to love. Today, we at Eddie’s Mexican Restaurant would like to continue on the subject.
Common Hispanic Herbs & Spices Used in Mexican Dishes
1) Cumin. In addition to being used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine for its healing properties, Cumin is popular in Mexican cuisine. Just 1 tablespoon of cumin contains 20% of the recommended daily value of iron.
2) Garlic Powder. It helps to have garlic powder around for Mexican food, garlic has a pungent flavor, and fresh garlic has superior in taste and freshness to the powder.
3) Cinnamon. Being that it specifically comes from Sri Lanka, often labeled as Sri Lankan cinnamon or Ceylon, Mexican cinnamon is often considered by bakers and chefs to be “true cinnamon.”
4) Mexican Oregano. Called Origanum Vulgare, which is native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean, Mexican oregano is different than the typical oregano you probably have in your cabinet. The Origanum Vulgare native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean. Tomatoes and aromatic Mexican food are ideally paired with this type of oregano.
5) Onion Powder. When using onions would be too overpowering in taste, onion powder can give a nice little kick to dishes. Onion powder is great for making salsas, burrito fillings and pasta dishes. Mexican lasagna is prime example for onion powder.
6) Coriander (or Cilantro). Welcomed for Mexican favorites like salsa and guacamole is cilantro, whether fresh or dry. Fresh cilantro in Spicy Vegan Nachos can make quite the difference.
7) Chili Powder. Giving great flavor and spice to Mexican food, chili powder packs the right amount of heat. You can use to season tofu, tempeh, beans or veggies, but use 2-4 tablespoons of chili powder to make your own Fajita Seasoning but is exceptional.
8) Paprika. Made from grinding dried sweet red peppers is paprika, the red powder. Depending on which peppers are used, the color varies from bright orange red to deep red. This red spice is exceptional in Tex-Mex Burgers!
9) Black Pepper. It can be found in almost any cuisine, and frequently paired with salt, black pepper comes from the berries of the pepper plant. Black pepper is used in most Mexican dishes.
10) Cloves. Working well with desserts, cloves have a warm, sweet and aromatic taste.
Mexican Dishes in Las Vegas, Nevada (Just Minutes from Summerlin, North LV & Henderson, NV)
In addition to spices and herbs, Mexican food is filled with fresh veggies such as tomatoes and peppers, well prepared meats, and other fine ingredients artistically and creatively combined to make the Mexican cuisine many people enjoy. When you are having a craving for Mexican food in the Las Vegas Valley, consider a stop at Eddie’s Mexican Restaurant. We have an assortment of Mexican food favorites and signature dishes that can satisfy your craving. We cook all of our dishes with fresh ingredients to make our food remarkably delicious. Contact us today!