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Tuesday, August 02, 2005 

Essentials for authentic Mexican food

Essentials for authentic Mexican food

Mexican food continues to grow in popularity. People will search far and wide for good, authentic mexican. This article from the Arizona Republic by Karen Fernau tells what ingredients you should snatch up at the market should you be in the mood to whip some authentic Mexican in your own home.

Enjoy the flavors of a Mexican cantina in your kitchen anytime by stocking up on chili powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, cumin and fresh cilantro. Always have garlic, onions and tomatoes handy, too. What other foods do you need for a Mexican pantry? Phillip Vigil of El Rancho Market in Chandler suggests the following ingredients to help you cook authentic Mexican food any day of the week.

The article lists out nine other essentials ingredients, defines them and gives the uses for each one. Click on the article for the details.

1) Huazontle
2) Piloncillo
3) Queso cotija and crema
4) Masa
5) Tomatillos
6) Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
7) Diced nopales
8) Dried chiles
9) Tamarind