My Connection with Tortilla’s

In class, we talked about corn Tortilla’s and how they were made in the past. My great grandmother’s from both of my parent sides would actually plant and do everything needed to get a tortilla. So when they could, my great grandmothers would actually go to the field and see if the corns they cultivated were properly grown. If…

The History of Mexican Candy

The History of Mexican Candy There are very few countries that can claim an assortment of candies as broad and delicious as Mexico’s. Mexican “sweets” (they aren’t actually all sweet) come in a variety of surprising textures and exquisite flavors; some candies also have a long-standing tradition in Mexican culture, making them an even more…

Pozole & It’s Origin

Pozole is basically a cross between a soup and a stew and is popular around the country, especially on events such as Mexican Independence Day and at Christmas, and most people associate it with any large family gathering. Pretty much all pozoles contain the base ingredients of pork, garlic and large hominy kernels (cacahuazintle), although there are several…

Cinco de Mayo History

For many Americans, Cinco de Mayo means enjoying Mexican food and probably a few margaritas. But Cinco de Mayo, which means May 5 in Spanish, is probably one of the most misunderstood Mexican holidays. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day. Mexican independence is celebrated Sept.16. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the…

The Story of Mexican Ice Cream

Ice cream may feel like an essential piece of summertime Americana, but before Mr. Softee trucks and grocery store freezer aisles, before soda shops and gelaterias, before European settlers made their way to North America, ice cream was being made in Mexico. As Fany Gerson tells us in her new book, Mexican Ice Cream, it all…

The Short History of Mole

The name mole comes from the Nahuatl word for sauce – mōlli – and is the generic name for several variations of rich sauces that come in colors like yellow, red, black and even green. Other moles are named for their ingredients and flavors, such as pipián, huaxmole and almendrado. However, as a rule of thumb, all moles contain some combination of nut, fruit, and chili. Over…

The Lost City of Aztlan

The Aztec people of Mexico created one of the greatest empires of the ancient Americas. While much is known about their empire located where today’s Mexico City can be found, less is known about the very start of the Aztec culture. Many consider the missing island of Aztlan to be the ancient homeland where the…

History: Tacos Al Pastor

Those pineapple-and-pork tacos served on almost every street corner in every Mexican city? You know them as tacos al pastor, and their origin story is fascinating. Tacos Al Pastor is widely popular throughout Mexico as well as other countries, such as the United States. This dish typically consists of shaved spit-roasted pork, pineapple, onion, and cilantro all…

Honoring Indigenous Roots

I know there are many people out there who when you ask them where they are from they mention where their parents or grandparents are from. In the Latin/Hispanic community, most people would say like Mexico for example and then give their lineage history which usually involved Europe. Yet there are some people who somehow…

Las Tamaladas

Many Latino families are preparing by making hundreds of tamales, at parties known as tamaladas. These simple packages of masa wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves are in some ways a symbol of the large and vibrant Latino culture that has been inter grated into the America’s history for more then 100 years. Tamaladas became an…

Tortilla in Space

So tortillas were introduced to space since NASA realized that they didn’t leave crumbs to float everywhere like normal bread would. Rodolfo Neri Vela, a payload specialist from Mexico, who flew on the space shuttle in 1985, introduced tortillas to the space food system. Back then, NASA would buy fresh tortillas the day before launch…