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Mexico’s Unique Flavors

Take your favorite recipes south of the border by adding one (or more) of these popular Mexican ingredients.

JALAPEÑO

Originating from South America, jalapeño peppers vary in heat from mild to very hot. Apart from their spicy kick, young green jalapeños offer a crisp, fresh flavor, while ripe, red peppers impart a sweeter taste.
TRY: Grilled Fish Tacos with Jalapeño Slaw

QUESO FRESCO

This mild, unripe cheese imparts a salty flavor. It’s often used as a filling for quesadillas and enchiladas and makes a welcomed addition to soups and sauces.
TRY: Skillet Spanish Chicken & Rice

PICO DE GALLO

A fresh combination of ingredients that typically include tomatoes, cilantro, red onion and lime juice. This sweet yet zesty condiment adds Mexican flair to anything, from salads to eggs.
TRY: Black Beans with Pico De Gallo

CHIPOTLE CHILE IN ADOBO SAUCE

Chipotle peppers – dried, smoked jalapeños – are hot like their parent peppers but earthier. The Mexican staples come canned in adobo, a marinade made of paprika, garlic, oregano and vinegar.
TRY: Mexican Noodle Casserole

TOMATILLO

The tart gooseberry relative looks like a light green tomato with a paper-like husk. Tomatillo is the star ingredient in salsa verde (green salsa), a mouthwatering taco topping.
TRY: Striped Bass with Tomatillo Sauce

MOLE

This rich gravy combines dried chiles and chocolate (to help balance the heat) with a variation of herbs, spices, tomatoes and/or tomatillos, dried fruit, bread and nuts.
TRY: Mole Chicken Chile