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Here are the top ten articles for the Mexican Food Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. Clay Pot Beans - Frijoles de Olla
A staple for over a 120,000,000 Mexicans, beans offer excellent nutritional value. A basic pot of beans presents a myriad of opportunities for slow cooked or quick meals. Beans are a cinch to make. Traditional clay pot cooking delivers extra flavor and may make beans your staple too.

2. Pork Shanks in Adobo Sauce
In a time when bacon runs the gamut from brownies to candy bars, bacon seems to get all the pork love. This Valentine's Day consider an elegant plate from a less trendy pork cut: the hind shanks. Make it romantic with a hint of heat, from a two-step adobo treatment. It's still all about the love.

3. Clay Pot Coffee - Cafe de Olla
From sweet to savory dishes, clay pot cooking imparts a delicious and unique flavor to food. An ancient secret, consider making an entrance into clay pot cooking with Mexico's hauntingly delicious sweet brew, "Cafe de Olla." A sweet coffee that is easy to make and wonderfully satisfying to drink.

4. Lamb's Neck Tamale Filling
Lamb's neck is not a typical tamale filling, but it is a show stopper. The meat will be tender and flavorful and the chile warming and stimulating to the palate in all the right ways. This recipe is not quick, but it's easy and worth the planning to pull off an uncommonly exquisite tamale.

5. Masa Tamales - Basic Tamale Dough
Tamale recipes vary throughout Mexico, reflections of different regions and tastes, but the common point will be in the “masa” or dough. A fluffy and flavorful batter is essential to delicious tamales. As we enter tamale season, we have a primer on the substance of a tamale, the dough.

6. The Spanish Influence in Mexican Cuisine
The discovery of the Americas resulted in the dissemination throughout Europe of a multitude of hitherto unknown crops. But just as many Mexican foodstuffs crossed the Atlantic and were introduced to Europe, so too did non-American ingredients make their way back in the opposite direction.

7. Pico de Gallo - Fresh Mexican Salsa
Fresh flavors and firm textures define this table condiment as one of Mexico's most common and versatile. It's earned a special place on tables throughout the nation and has universal appeal with a version for everyone. A hot food palate is not required to enjoy this salsa.

8. Cinnamon Sugar Buñuelos
In Mexico the New Year marks special treats and the countdown to Three Kings Day. Buñuelos, a crispy fried treat, are among the season's favorite sweets. An old recipe from Mexico's colonial north makes a light and distinctively flavored bite. A perfect companion to coffee or hot chocolate.

9. Epiphany Bread - Rosca de Reyes
Until January 6h, the greeting remains Merry Christmas in Mexico. The season does not come to a close until the Wise Men deliver their gifts to the infant Jesus. The holiday bread, Rosca de Reyes, carries the promise of another party, as it hides a small figurine of the Holy Infant. It's delicious.

10. Tomatoes - The Aztecs' Tomatl
The Incas thought little of the vine with its small golden fruit, a weed growing among the bean and corn plants in their fields. However, the vine slowly spread across the continent and today the Aztecs’ tomatl is cultivated wordwide and is an intrinsic part of countless gastronomies.



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