Mexican Food History
The Conquest of Mexico in 1521 gave rise to one of the riches culinary revolutions in history. When the Spanish explorer Cortez and his followers came to the new world in search of fortune, they found a wealth of foods such as beans, avocados, corn, and tomatoes. In turn the Spanish brought to the Americas products such as pork, beef, garlic, cheese, milk, wheat, vinegar, and wine. The primary element of almost all Mexican cuisine is the grill. It is used to cook almost any type of meat, poultry, wild game or vegetables. The Mexican grill actually evolved from cooking food on stick. Eventually rocks were aaded to a fire as a grilling surface. The Spaniards brough steel to Mexico and grilling was forever solidified as a key part of Mexican cooking. Virtually every recipe in Mexican cuisine is accompanied by a type of corn tortilla. Traditionally, this "Bread of Mexico" was used as a plate, fork or spoon. Tortillas can be eaten plain or with butter, beans, or meat, chili, or sauces almost any kind of food that is not too liquid can be placed on a tortilla.