Mexican cuisine

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Mexico has a style of food known as Mexican cuisine. Its intense and varied flavors, colorful decoration, and variety of ingredients make it special. It differs from region to region, a great example of this is huevos rancheros which contains numerous regional varieties.[1] It is based on ancient traditions, combined with culinary trends introduced by Spanish, French, Italian, and Chinese. Mexican Restaurants can be found all over the world, but just a few use authentic techniques and ingredients.

In the United States, a couple variations exist, on the authentic model:

  • Californian, in California, contains eclectic versions of Mexican cuisine.[2]
  • New Mexican, in New Mexico, heavily influenced by their unique red and/or green chile peppers, and the Spanish and Native American cultures of the area. Other common foods are with piñon (pine nuts) and biscochitos (sugar and cinnamon covered cookies, with anise flavoring).[3]
  • Sonoran, in Arizona, contains Machaca tacos and burritos cimply called burros, as well as some eclectic variations of American foods like Sonoran Hot Dogs.[4]
  • Tex-Mex, in Texas, the most common American variation of Mexican cuisine, is influenced greatly by the Tejano affinity for spices and tortillas; the common dishes are fajitas, and tacos.


  1. Huevos rancheros on the New Mexico Cultural Encyclopedia, Lexicon, and News
  2. California Mexican section on Maps of World
  3. Cuisine on the New Mexico Cultural Encyclopedia, Lexicon, and News
  4. What is Sonoran-style Mexican Food? from Roving Decanter