Questions with this tag should be about traditional ingredients, preparations or dishes from Mexico - such as tamales, tacos or flan. Questions about ingredients common to Mexican-style cooking, but which aren't about a specific Mexican dish, should not use this tag.

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How do you properly cook cow tongue?

In Mexico, "Tacos de lengua" (cow tongue tacos) are popular, and I've come to love them! I want to learn to make them in the U.S. What is the proper way to cook a cow tongue? I've seen the taco ...
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How do you ensure a tortilla keeps all its contents when making a burrito?

What's the best technique to tuck or close the tortilla when preparing a burrito so that it doesn't come undone when it's time to eat?
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Re-use rice for multiple batches of horchata?

After a making a batch of horchata, I always feel wasteful throwing away all of the uncooked rice. Can it be re-used for another batch, or has it given up its good flavors? If not, are there any ...
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How do you cook nopales while keeping the green color?

I am trying to cook mexican Nopales but they seem to loose their green look. Is there an ingredient that needs to be added or a special technique that would keep them as green as possible?
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Trick to keeping guacamole from turning brown

Is there anything you can add to a guacamole recipe to prevent it from going brown so quickly? Or a specific way to package it for very short-term storage (usually only about two days). I tend to ...
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Does anyone know the name of this Mexican Breakfast / Brunch dish?

I remember eating this delicious breakfast while traveling a long time ago and since it was a to go order, I never really remembered the name. The dish had eggs (scrambled style) mixed with rice. ...
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What is a good spicy potato wedges seasoning?

I've taken a liking to the simple potato wedge as an alternate to mash potato when preparing meat and three vege. However, I'm trying to get a recipe that consistently deliveries tasty wedges. My ...
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Should I rinse canned beans before using them?

Certainly, if I were making a salad with canned beans, I would thoroughly rinse them first. But if I'm making soup or chili with canned black beans or kidney beans, should I drain and rinse them ...
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Cheeses similar to queso fresco

Queso fresco is one of my most frequently purchased cheeses; among other things I like it crumbled over salads. I do like a lot of common salad cheeses - crumbly goat cheeses, blue cheeses, and feta - ...
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How to make big, fluffy “Mexican-style” flour tortillas (without using any special machinery)?

Flour tortillas are so bloody expensive (and rare!) outside of the U.S. so I'd like to make my own. A friend taught me how to make some ages ago, but I stopped because they were always weird and I ...
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Trouble making corn tortillas

I have tried a variety of experiments to make corn tortillas, but the results have been far from satisfactory The only masa I can get this corner of the world is imported from Mexico or USA and is ...
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What's the difference between a burrito and a tortilla?

I was in a Mexican restaurant with some co-workers recently and noticed that many of them ordered a "burrito." What's the difference between this and a tortilla? I thought that's what they were ...
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How to use spare jalapeños? [closed]

I bought a pack of about 10 jalapeƱo peppers and will only use 1-2 of them to make salsa. What can I do with the rest so that I don't have to throw them away. At the price for the whole pack it's ...
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issues with mexican restaurant-style white cheesedip

Recently I was trying to replicate the Mexican Restaurant-style white cheese dip that can be found in mexican restaurants around the south east United States. (Specifically I was thinking of the ...
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How do I get vegetarian tamales to come out fluffy?

I'm a vegetarian, so naturally I don't use lard when making the masa for tamales. I've experimented with butter, non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening, and solid coconut oil. I've tried beating the ...
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How to change the texture on dulce de leche?

I recently made dulce de leche using the can in boiling water method. It came out tasting delicious but it was way to runny. I boiled it for two hours and used sweetened condensed milk and was ...
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How can I make a Taco Shell?

I've never seen a mold that would shape them - any tips?
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What spices are used to make a mexican fajita seasoning?

I'm trying to make my own homemade fajitas, for both vegetarian and non vegetarian tasters. I know they have grocery store pre-mixed fajita seasoning, but I'd like to know how to make my own.
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Is there a simple way to make refried beans?

This is a dish that I always eat when dining at Spanish style restaurants, but never seem to be able to replicate at home using black beans and olive oil. The main problem is that the beans seem to ...
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How do I keep my enchiladas from getting soggy when they cook?

I love enchiladas. I almost always order them at a Mexican restaurant. I've made them at home a few times with a recipe that's delicious, but it's not the same as what I'm getting at a restaurant. The ...
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What kind of steak to use for fajitas?

Following Steven Raichlen's recipe, we used skirt steak to make fajitas on Sunday. I found the meat particularly chewy/tough and rather unpleasant overall. What can we do to improve the experience?
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How to dice tomatoes?

I like to make pico de gallo which calls for a lot of diced tomato. This is always the most time-consuming part of this recipe. What are some tips to make dicing a tomato a little easier? I finally ...
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Mexican Cheese Sauce?

There's a Mexican restaurant in my hometown that serves (their term) 'Arroz con pollo'. The dish itself seems incredibly simple -- it's pretty much just rice, chicken, and an incredible cheese sauce. ...
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How does one begin to create salsa?

Let me start by saying that I am not a cook by any means. Now, I love salsa and I always have, but mostly I just get store brands. I've had homemade salsa before and it tends to be a lot more ...
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How do I remove bitter flavor from lime rind in soup?

I just made a large pot of soup. It's a Mexican Caldo de Res. I added a bunch of lime juice, and thought, hey, maybe i'll throw the lime rinds in there too for a bit. This was a huge mistake. Now the ...