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Expanding Your Homemade Mexican Lunch Menu

Chips and salsa

Is lunch your favorite meal of the day? Or perhaps by noon your appetite is ravenous. Either way, you’re in luck. There are many great options for lunch, but one of the most interesting and creative ways to eat your afternoon meal is through Mexican cuisine. Lunch in Mexico is considered the main meal of the day, so if you’re looking to prioritize your afternoon meals, Mexican lunch cuisine is a great option. Lunch doesn’t have to be a quick meal to get you through your day. Why not eat in style, with a leisurely, family-based dining experience? This blog will cover popular spices and ingredients used in Mexican lunch menu meals so that you can save money by using the same ingredients in different ways. You will also discover tasty sides and appetizers, popular Mexican courses, refreshing drinks, and a newfound appreciation for Mexican culture.

Common Mexican lunch menu spices and ingredients

Champion Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning.
Champion Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning.

Mexican flavors often involve bold, spicy themes that match the energy of the people of Mexico. Some common ingredients involve but are not limited to, cilantro, jalapeños, beans, corn, tomatoes, and avocados. While cilantro and jalapeños are stapled ingredients for spicy and sharp flavors, beans, corn, tomatoes, and avocados serve to counter the sharp tastes. This gives you the perfect opportunity for tailoring your meals to your exact taste. Are you a lover of spicy food? Go crazy with jalapeños in your courses and appetizers. Is spicy food not your thing, but your family might enjoy it? Add a small amount and leave space for plenty of heat-defying beans and avocados.

Great sides and appetizers

There are many Mexican sides and appetizers to choose from. Salsa, pico de gallo, and guacamole are commonly paired with freshly made tortilla chips. The perfect Mexican salsa recipe consists of colorful vegetables and tomatoes. Yellow bell peppers, cilantro, onions, garlic, lemon juice, and jalapeños blended into a chunky salsa make for the perfect dip for your chips. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pico de gallo is like salsa’s spicy cousin. Its texture is less watery, making it a popular salad-like adornment to entrees. Guacamole is smooth and vivid green in color. Using avocados, lime juice, onions, and tomatoes combine to make a creamy paste that will cancel out the spice of that pico de gallo.

Popular Mexican lunch menu meals

Champion Habanero Hot Salt
Champion Habanero Hot Salt

One of the great things about Mexican food is that, for the most part, it’s really healthy for you. For those looking to manage their weight and give their bodies plenty of protein, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates, this country’s cuisine is an easy way to incorporate foods that are beneficial for your health. The following meals are fit for your Mexican lunch menu.

Quick and easy Mexican dishes

Chicken Tacos
Chicken Tacos

If you’re a cheese fanatic who loves quick and easy meals, then you’ll absolutely love making quesadillas. They’re relatively easy to make, with the only necessary ingredients being corn tortillas and cheese, but of course, adding additional ingredients such as chicken, jalapeños, or tomatoes will give this dish some additional flavors. With a similar easiness, authentic tacos are a convenient way to feed a large family. They don’t take long to prepare or cook, and you can make many tacos from the time you spent preparing them. All you have to do is grill finely chopped steak meat and onions until brown, heat small corn tortillas in a lightly-oiled pan, and then add the meat and onions. Sprinkle cilantro and hot sauce on top to complete the authentic tacos, or add your own personal ingredients such as tomatoes and cheese.

Tamales and quesadillas

Fresh Quesadillas, a mainstay on a typical Mexican lunch menu.
Fresh Quesadillas

One of the trickier Mexican dishes is the tamale. They take time to prepare, which is why tamales are such a prominent traditional food in Mexico. Families for generations work together to prepare the unique food, so this option is great for large family occasions. Another more complex dish is the enchilada. These dishes have too many steps to be able to list in the convenience of a blog, but if you are interested, there are plenty of recipes available online or in cookbooks.

Common Mexican drinks

In contrast to popular belief, as nice as frozen margaritas are, they are not authentic Mexican drinks. An authentic Mexican margarita is composed of only three ingredients: tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Use agave-based tequila for the most authentic experience. While the margarita may possibly be the most-known Mexican cocktail outside of Mexico, the most well-known Mexican cocktail in Mexico is the Paloma. Create this refreshing drink by combining ice, quality tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda for a bubbly and fun beverage.

In Conclusion

Mexican food is often bold and colorful, much like Mexican culture. To experience a total Mexican lunch menu, adorn your dishes with bright colors and spicy flavors that will be sure to momentarily take you to Central America.