Cuisine

Almost everyone has eaten a taco (tah-koh), a traditional Mexican dish composed of a corn or wheat tortilla (tawr-tee-uh) folded or rolled around various fillings. Now with the surge of immigrants flooding across the southern border it’s probably a good time to become familiar with other food items of Mexico and the Central American countries.

The burrito (buh-ree-toh) and enchilada (en-chuh-lah-duh) are popular items made with tortillas wrapped around various fillings. The taquito (təˈkēdō) is very similar to the flauta (flów taà) which is a tortilla wrapped around various fillings not to be confused with the chimichanga (chìmmee cháang ga) which is a tortilla wrapped around various fillings.

The easiest way to identify the various Mexican and Central American foods is to remember that items beginning with the letters, B, C, or E are rolled from right to left and all other items are rolled from left to right.

If instead of rolling up the various fillings you serve them on a flat tortilla you have a whole new menu but that’s getting ahead of ourselves.

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