15 Fun Facts About Mexican Food

The delicious food that we serve at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant comes from age-old recipes with rich and interesting backgrounds. Today's blog has a few fun facts about Mexican food in general, and many of the dishes discussed below can be found right here at Mexicali Blues

#1 - Many traditional Mexican recipes came from the Aztecs and the Mayans.

#2 - The majority of Mexican foods that we favor today were influenced by Spain. When the Spaniards began moving into Mexico, their influence changed some of the Mexican food recipes slightly by introducing their own seasonings and ingredients.

#3 - Tomatoes, the main ingredient in salsa, actually originated in Mexico. They were first cultivated by the Aztecs and Incas as early as 700 A.D.

#4 - The first version of salsa was made from tomatoes, chilies, and ground squash seeds, and Aztec lords ate it with turkey, venison, lobster, and fish. Mexicali Blues salsa is made from all-natural ingredients, including tomato, peppers, onions, and garlic, and it tastes great with just about everything!  

#5 - Mexico can also be credited with giving these foods to the world; corn, avocados, cacao, chili peppers, and vanilla

#6 - Tortillas are a staple in Mexican food and are used to create a variety of dishes. They can be made from corn or flour, and are served either soft or deep-fried and crunchy. 

#7 - In the 1980's, tortillas were sold in cans. Yes, cans... that seems so very weird to us, but it happened! 

#8 - Some popular recipes that we still enjoy today were created in the colonial period. These include chili rellenos and guacamole. 

#9 - Fajitas, or a food very near what we serve as a fajita today, were created in the late 1930's-early 1940's to feed Mexican ranch workers living along the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border.  

#10 - The word "burrito" derives from the Spanish word "burro," which means donkey, and burrito actually translates to little donkey. No, donkeys were not an ingredient, but rather burritos were originally sold from a cart pulled by a donkey.  

#11 - Most Mexican food is quite healthy, and many dishes include all of the important food groups in one recipe. 

#12 - Due to the abundance of exotic fruits in Mexico, food there is often accompanied by ice-cold drinks sold at roadside stands using the juice from these fruits. Here, we prefer to use some of those flavors to make our wide variety of delicious margaritas! 

#13 - The salt on the rim of your margarita is actually there for a good reason. It helps to bring out the sweet and sour flavors of the cocktail.  

#14 - Mexico is credited with another famously frozen concoction - the milkshake! The Aztec emperor Montezuma had a favorite drink which was made from vanilla and chocolate sweetened with honey. That particular native Mexican-Indian drink was a precursor to the modern milkshake.

#15 - The very best Mexican food at the Lake of the Ozarks can be found every Tuesday-Saturday at Mexicali Blues in Osage Beach!!! 

Sure, in reality, #15 is probably an opinion rather than an actual fact, but when just about everyone in town shares that opinion, that's close enough to fact for us! Come on into Mexicali Blues soon and decide for yourself.  

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