Texas to Mexico

Discriptions, pictures, recipes & monologue of life for a Texan in Mexico. The Mexico experience...

Monday, February 26, 2007

Corn Tortillas are a way of life in Mexico! While recently watching the whole commercial tortilla process I noticed ladies arrive to buy just a few pesos worth of fresh tortillas for the day while others bought prepared masa for making tamales & gorditas. The large scale masa/tortilla operations cut several steps out for a busy housewife or cook in Mexico. There were even Tortilla riots in parts of Mexico recently because the price increase of the tortillas in Mexico...many unhappy people south of the border!! The prices have gone up as much as 5 pesos per kilo here, which is substantial for the working poor. Mexico imports an average of 4.2 million tons of U.S. corn per year~that translates to a whole lot of tortillas!
While the Corn Tortilla & Masa has been a staple in the Mexican diet for centuries & centuries, flour tortillas were brought to Mexico by Spanish Conquistadors. It is a carryover from the Moorish influence in Spain & is very similar to the Pan de Arabie still sold in Markets & groceries across Mexico today.

The whole dried corn is treated with a heat & steam bath so it is soft for the grinding process to make masa.

Tortilla Soup Recipe

1 medium onion chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. Oil
2 lb Chicken breast with bone & skin
1 14oz. can tomatoes
1 10 1/2 oz. cans water
2 10 3/4 oz. can chicken broth
1/4 c. chopped cilantro
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2tsp. pepper
8-10 tortillas, cut in 1" squares, fried in skillet with oil (or baked)
1/2 cup grated Monterrey Jack Cheese or Queso Asadero
sliced avocado

Saute the first 5 ingredients in a large skillet.
Add remaining ingredients, except tortillas, cheese & avocado, and simmer for 50 minutes. Pull chicken off the bone, remove skin, dice & put back into the soup.
Pour into bowls over tortilla strips and sprinkle with cheese, avocado & extra cilantro. Also delicious with squeeze of lime!

Serves 6-8.



Blogger Lauren said...

so i've got to ask, did you stand at the store and take photos like a tourista? or was this a tour? i'm just curious and i knowing you and your paparazi-esque love of photography nothing would surprise me..

5:23 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

I shook the tortilla maker's hand & asked if this Gringo could take photos? He smiled & say Si & even handed me some masa!

5:25 PM  
Blogger tilegirl said...

I say again!
Otra vez!
When is the cook book comin' out gringa?
Yo tengo hambre!

Y tambien, yo tengo hombre! Se llama Paul! tee hee

7:30 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Yes, I will have to get on that cookbook. We totally have to watch how we say Hambre & not have it come out Hombre...otherwise you can end up saying you great need for a man, instead of saying you are very hungry!!! ..very embarassing situations can occur with a little slip like that!

7:47 PM  

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