Mexico is known for its melting pot of influences to create distinct and tasty meals. Mexican staple foods include corn, wheat, and rice. Corn can be found either by itself or made into corn dough (masa) to make Mexican meals such as empanadas, tamales, and tortillas. Wheat is mainly used to make tortillas for tacos, enchiladas, and migas. Rice is a staple grain used as a side dish or as part of recipes like Arroz con Pollo.
These meals can fit into MyPlate as a part of a well-balanced diet. Traditional Mexican foods cover each group of MyPlate – grains such as brown rice and corn, proteins such as chicken and beans, vegetables such as peppers and tomatoes, and fruits such as avocados and limes.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you eat smart when cooking Mexican dishes on a budget:
- Cooking traditional Mexican cuisine is fun, fast and easy. Try a quick migas recipe, an easy Mexican egg and tortilla breakfast skillet that your family will love! You can even use leftover veggies from other meals earlier in the week to save time and reduce food waste.
- Add Mexican flavors to your kitchen. Mexican spices can be bought at your local grocery store to add more spice and flavor to your favorite meals. Try making a basic Mexican spice mix by mixing cumin, chili powder, black pepper, and garlic powder. Use this mix for taco seasoning, to flavor dried beans in a slow cooker, or to sprinkle in your migas at breakfast.
- Find many Mexican ingredients in your local grocery store. Common ingredients, such as black beans, tomatoes, lettuce, chicken, cheese, and avocados, are widely available and relatively low-cost. Use these foods for enchiladas, tacos, or your favorite Mexican meal.
Eating smart with Mexican food can be easy and low-cost! With these tips you can make a tasty, MyPlate-inspired meal your whole family will love. What’s your favorite Mexican dish?