Want to get closer to creating authentic Mexican meals in your very own kitchen? Here are ten very easy tips you can use when crafting a Mexican feast. Small changes produce big results when it comes to Mexican food. Choose one or two tips or embrace them all. And you might be surprised to find how easy it is to ditch pre-made products and instead, start with some simple ingredients..
Corn Tortillas 1 of 10Make them at home - fresh and fluffy - and in minutes! Really, you will be pleasantly shocked to find how easy it is. All you need is some masa harina corn flour, some warm water and salt - and a hot skillet. Freshly made corn tortillas cook in minutes. Photo Credit: Kathy Patalsky
Cilantro 2 of 10Keep a big bunch of fresh cilantro by your side as you cook your feast. Add it plentifully - and use as a fresh garnish. And don't toss those stems! Chop them up finely and toss into salas, guac, cabbage slaws and stuff right inside burritos or tacos. Photo Credit: Kathy Patalsky
Frescas 3 of 10Whip up some frescas for an authentic Mexican-style sip. Photo Credit: Kathy Patalsky
Make Lazy Frescas
Corn 4 of 10Add in some corn accents. Whip up some elote or use corn in your salsas, soups or salads. Photo Credit: Kathy Patalsky
Salsa Verde 5 of 10Most of us think of using red salsa for our Mexican meals - but for authentic Mexican cuisine try both red and green. Salsa verde made using tomatillos, jalapenos, lime, onion and cilantro is an authentic favorite! Photo Credit: Kathy Patalsky
Make Salsa Verde, recipe on Healthy Happy Life
Tamales 6 of 10Tamales are an authentic entree recipe to add to your feast. And once you get the hang of filling and baking the corn-husk-wrapped treats, you will fall in love with the process and delicious results! Photo Credit: Kathy Patalsky - Gracias Madre Restaurant meal
Make Vegan Tamales, recipe on Cheeky Kitchen
Plantains 7 of 10Plantains, all sticky and sweet, are a delicious, easy and low-cost way of infusing your meal with some authentic flavor. Easily saute in oil and the plantains are done! Photo Credit: Kathy Patalsky
Make Plantains, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
Lime and Mint 8 of 10Lime and mint are two excellent ingredients to have on hand. Lime can be added to just about anything on your menu and mint pairs with it deliciously in frosty cool drinks like a Mojito. Photo Credit: Kathy Patalsky
Make Lime Mint Frosty, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
Dry Beans 9 of 10Can the cans and grab some dry beans for soaking and simmering. Not only will you be saving some money, but your beans will taste more amazing that ever! Photo Credit: Kathy Patalsky
Fresh Guacamole 10 of 10Fresh guacamole made with lime, onions and cilantro - is a must for authentic Mexican fiestas! Photo Credit: Kathy Patalsky
Make Fresh Guacamole
Read more from Kathy on her blog, Healthy. Happy. Life.
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