We’ve had a near lifelong passion for the culture and cuisine of our Southern neighbors. Over the years, we’ve enjoyed many of the native “peasant-style” dishes that include fried corn tortillas; roasted chilies; and traditional herbs and spices like cilantro, garlic cumin, and chipotle. Many of us remember them so vividly.
Those early memories inspired us to embark on our own Mexican sojourn.
Some of us learned a dish or two while visiting or living in Mexico, some from the Mayans whose ancestral home is the Yucatan Peninsula where Cancun is located.
What we learned the most in all of those experiences is what we’ll share with you: Like ALL cuisines, the best dishes are often super fresh and simple. It’s why they last for centuries. It’s what makes them become part of the culture, part of the fabric of their heritage.
Look for ingredients and components made by natives (like Nino’s Corn Tortilla Chips), which we fry from tortillas made right in our Mexican Village. Always use the freshest produce, herbs, meats and dairy products. And keep it simple, rough chopped and “under-processed.” It’s not complicated. In fact, it’s everything but (which sometimes makes it complicated because WE tend get in the way of that on occasion).
Among our most favorite dishes is Chilaquiles, which is a peasant-style casserole dish using corn tortilla chips; pulled, cooked chicken; cheese; chilies; and cream. It goes well with black beans braised in a chicken broth and seasoned with cumin and chilies, and it’s very simple to make.
And speaking of our GREAT corn tortilla chips, you can also make great dishes using regular flour tortillas, which you can learn more about HERE.
If you aren’t in the mood to cook but would still like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo or just enjoy the flavors of Mexican or Tex-Mex cuisine, we have a number of other delicious dishes and products in Nino’s Gourmet to Go Department, including: