ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Cornmeal Based Mexican Food

Updated on June 27, 2018
Chin chin profile image

My name is Chin chin. I have a B.S. in food technology. I like to share important information about health and food-related topics.

Source

The Indians of what is now Mexico are credited to have discovered how to grow corn thousands of years ago. That is why the name Indian corn came about. Corn became the most important food of Mexico. One thing that is commonly done with corn is to make it into corn meal. This is done by softening it in hot lime water, boiling it and then grinding it into corn meal.

The main corn meal food is the tortilla. It is a thin flat bread shaped by hand or machine and cooked on an ungreased griddle. It is the bread of most Mexicans. Sometimes, they eat it plain but they have used tortilla in a variety of ways to satisfy everyone's appetite.

How to Make Homemade Tortillas

Tips for Storing Tortillas

For homemade tortillas, place cooked tortillas in foil and cover with a clean kitchen towel to keep them warm. It can also be kept in the refrigerator for several days by placing it in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

For commercial or store-bought tortillas, keep them tightly closed in its original packaging when they will not be used right away. They can be stored at room temperature taking note of the use before date. Storing them in the refrigerator will extend it's shelf life up to 2 weeks. If you want to keep them much longer, freezing will make them last up to 3 months. Wrap the original packaging again with aluminum foil or place it in a freezer bag, then keep it frozen the whole time. Opened tortillas should be kept in airtight container to keep them soft and not dry.

Before using frozen tortillas, you should let them thaw in the refrigerator for a day or two before using them and they should not be thawed in the microwave.

Mexican Food Photos

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Grilled Shrimp TacoEnchiladasShrimp TostadoA BurritoA QuesadillaTamales
Grilled Shrimp Taco
Grilled Shrimp Taco
Enchiladas
Enchiladas
Shrimp Tostado
Shrimp Tostado
A Burrito
A Burrito
A Quesadilla
A Quesadilla
Tamales
Tamales

Corn-Meal Based Mexican Food

Some of the Mexican food that make use of corn meal tortilla are

  • Taco - A taco is a traditional Mexican dish composed of a tortilla folded or rolled around a filling. A variety of fillings can be used including beef, chicken, seafood, vegetables, and cheese. It is considered a finger food and is served with salsa, cilantro, tomatoes, onions and lettuce as garnishes.
  • Enchilada - It is a rolled-up tortilla with a similar filling to taco but covered with hot sauce. Beans and potatoes can also be used to fill Enchiladas.
  • Tostada - It is a tortilla fried in deep fat until it becomes crisp and served flat with beans, cheese, lettuce, meat and onions on top. It can consumed alone, as a salty snack known as totopo or used as a base for other foods.
  • Burrito - A burrito also uses tortilla to wrap or fold around a filling. The tortilla is usually lightly grilled or steamed, to soften it and make it more pliable. In Mexico, refried beans, Mexican rice or meat are usually the only fillings and the tortilla is smaller in size. The word burrito literally means "little donkey" in Spanish, from the word burro. The name burrito possibly was derived from the appearance of a rolled up tortilla, which vaguely looks like the ear of a donkey.
  • Quesadilla - A quesadilla is a Mexican food made primarily of cheese inside a folded corn tortilla and cooked until the cheese melts. Occasionally, a second ingredient is added with the cheese to add variety to the dish. The word quesadilla comes from a Spanish word which literally means "cheesy tortilla".

Other Mexican dishes that makes use of corn meal are Atole and Tamales.

  • Atole - Atole is a traditional corn meal-based Mexican hot drink. A chocolate atole is similar to champurrado. The drink is made from masa (corn flour), water, piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar), cinnamon, vanilla and optional chocolate or fruit. The mixture is blended and heated before serving.
  • Tamales - The Tamales is made from corn meal that is steamed in corn husks or banana leaves and usually mixed with pork or chicken. The wrapping is discarded before eating.

© 2010 Chin chin

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • stephaniedas profile image

      Stephanie Das 

      6 years ago from Miami, US

      Nice! I just wrote a hub about how to make atole. Corn is a great staple which gives so much Latin American food its great flavor.

    • profile image

      authentic Mexican Recipes 

      7 years ago

      I've been looking for a simple way to make corn tortillas, so thank you very much!

    • william.fischer29 profile image

      william.fischer29 

      7 years ago

      Great.

    • tfhodge profile image

      tfhodge 

      8 years ago from California - U.S.A.

      I love to eat and cook! This was helpful information. Thank you.

    • Chin chin profile imageAUTHOR

      Chin chin 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks DeBorrah for reading this Mexican food hub. Blessings to you, too.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Chin Chin, Thank you for sharing the great recipes and wonderful tortilla video! Peace & Blessings!

    • Chin chin profile imageAUTHOR

      Chin chin 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks you for leaving your thoughts on this hub about Mexican Food. I did enjoy doing the research. It makes me a little bit hungry though.

    • heart4theword profile image

      heart4theword 

      8 years ago from hub

      I have seen many other hubbers, sharing recipes. Thank you for this one, never seen a recipe on how to make corn tortillas:)

    • guidebaba profile image

      guidebaba 

      8 years ago from India

      Yummy and Nutritious.

    • Lamme profile image

      Lamme 

      8 years ago

      Excellent! Now I'm hungry.

    • prettydarkhorse profile image

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      you put it all there my friend, kumusta take care, Maita

    • barryrutherford profile image

      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      nice !

    • BkCreative profile image

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Great information - all in one place. I'd certainly try this. Thanks so much!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)