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I am sure most of us are aware that the Mexican food we find in the United States is quite a variation from authentic foods found in Mexico. Here are some of the more popular Mexican foods that were either taken from actual Mexican dishes or are completely an American invention...
- Tacos - American crunchy or hard tacos are an American variation. Authentic Mexican tacos are made using small, soft corn tortillas and are typically filled with grilled meat and topped with cilantro and onion. We refer to them sometimes as "street tacos", as they are often sold from taco venders from trucks.
- Salsa - Salsa simply means sauce in Spanish. It is an authentic Mexican side and is usually made by a variety of methods including salsa rojo, pico de gallo, salsa negro, and salsa verde.
- Burritos - The American version of the burrito is far larger and much more elaborate than the Mexican version. Authentic Mexican burritos are usually small and thin, with flour tortillas containing only one or two ingredients, and are only eaten in the northern part of Mexico.
- Enchiladas - These did actually originated in Mexico. However, like many dishes, they are much simpler than the American style enchilada. We tend to bury these in cheese and sauce. In their original form, the Mexican enchilada was simply a corn tortilla dipped in a chili sauce and eaten with no fillings. You can now find many varieties of enchiladas in Mexico, however cheddar cheese is nowhere to be found. They are more likely to have a sprinkle of grated cotija cheese over red chili sauce.