Tips for Creating an Authentic Mexican Meal

Tips for Creating an Authentic Mexican Meal
Tips for Creating an Authentic Mexican Meal

Whether it’s a table for two or a large get-together, creating an authentic Mexican meal is the perfect answer to, “What should we make for dinner?”. Gather your cilantro, limes, and your best bottle of tequila and prepare to thrill everyone’s taste buds.

Choose Your Dish

Deciding exactly what dish to make is always the hardest part, especially when you enjoy all Mexican food. A little variety is nice so that guests have choices. Maybe a pan of enchiladas along with a taco bar? Whatever you choose, what matters most is using the right ingredients.

Authentic Mexican Ingredients

Homemade Tortillas

Don’t panic: making homemade tortillas is easier than you think, and the taste is pure authentic goodness. Mix up some flour, salt, water, and oil, and within minutes, you’ve soft, warm tortillas.

Fresh Cilantro and Lime

Keep plenty of fresh cilantro and lime on hand when creating an authentic Mexican meal. They’re the key ingredients that keep those of us who love authentic Mexican food coming back for more.

Pico de Gallo and Salsa

Chopped fresh tomatoes, cilantro, lime, and whatever you enjoy for a little spice are all you need for a dish full of dipping goodness. Set out your favorite salsas and pico de gallo along with some tortilla chips before the meal so that friends can nibble and prepare their taste buds for what they’re about to enjoy.

Cheese and Sour Cream

We love our cheese on tacos, enchiladas, and just about every Mexican dish. Cheese can add a little pizazz to those dishes; however, for authentic Mexican food, allow the beautiful flavors to shine through by avoiding too much cheese and sour cream. A little dab of each is fine.

The Meats

Pork and beef both make great options in Mexican dishes. Try an authentic dry rub of garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, and onion powder on your steak or pork. Grill until cooked and tender and then add it to your dishes.

Refried Beans

Canned beans are convenient and okay in a pinch, but not okay when the theme is “authentic.” Making your own side dish of beans isn’t difficult. It just involves soaking beans overnight, cooking them until soft, and then smashing them and frying them in oil (if you choose). Once you taste homemade beans, you’ll never go back to canned.


Yes, we saved the best for last. Tequila is a fabulous after-dinner drink for you and your guests. Before you flash back to college and break out your shot glass collection, hear us out: a good tequila stands on its own. There’s a wrong way and a right way to drink a quality tequila. Enjoy a traditional margarita or slowly sip tequila neat as you and your guests discover the many layers of notes it has to offer.

We hope you give an authentic Mexican meal a shot the next time you throw a dinner party. With all the enticing flavors of Mexican food, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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