Mexican Food And Cooking History


Pre-Columbian Cuisine

Mexican Cooking Tools

Learn more about traditional Mexican Cooking Tools including history, how to use, and recipes.

  • Molcajete - Molcajete made popular in the U.S. for guacamole. Learn about ancient grinding tool
  • Metate y Mano - A corn grinding tool that dates back to the Aztecs used for grinding corn, chiles and chocolate
  • Molinillo - Invented by the Spaniards the molinillo is the original chocolate stirrer
  • Mexican Clay Cooking Pots - See common cooking utensils, how to use and season.
  • Tortilla Press - How to select, buy and care for a tortilla press including wood, cast iron, how to buy and us.

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Common Mexican Foods And Dishes

Each article features a history of the dish, featured recipe, basic ingredients and various uses.

  • Ceviche - Ceviche is a chilled fish stew "cooked" in lime juice. This article includes a history of the dish and a selection of ceviche recipes.
  • Chilaquiles - All about this thrifty use for stale tortillas.
  • Chicle - Learn about the origins of chicle gum
  • Enchiladas - Enchilada History and recipes
  • Flan - History, recipes, tips, proper cookware
  • Pozole - How to make fresh pozole (hominy) from dried corn
  • Quesadillas - History of the quesadilla, where they come from, recipes.
  • Salsa - History, recipes
  • Tacos- Learn all about Mexican tacos including taco history, 7 traditional taco styles and basic ingredients.
  • Tamales - Learn all about tamales, history, types, recipes.

Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.