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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. Rustic Salsa Roja
A recipe for salsa roja that tastes like a hearty, hand-made salsa, but is made in no time. This is a go-to salsa recipe. Great to elevate grilled meats, tacos, or plain old dipping chips.

2. Corn Custard - Flan de Elote
Mexicans love flan, there version of custard. Flan flavors abound. There is chocolate, coconut, almond, orange, and this beloved, especially Mexican one made with fresh corn. It's easy and is elegant when topped with rompope, Mexican egg nog. An extra surprise, it is delightful at breakfast.

3. Pickled Beets - Betabeles Escabeche
A classic winter vegetable with a very Mexican treatment, "betabeles escabeche, " or pickled beets, are a favorite bar "botana" or snack, but they are also elegant and festive. Introduce them at your New Year's eve spread. This recipe is simple to prepare.

4. Anise Seed Cookies - Biscochos
In the Christian world, Christmas is marked by special food and drink in every culture. The anise cookie simply called, "biscocho," in Mexico is among the season's favorites. A rich, dense, crumble of colonial flavors, it is lovely to give as well as to receive. Enjoy with coffee or brandy.

5. Mexican Egg Nog - Rompope
Festive for the holidays, but completely drinkable all year round, Mexico's version of egg nog has its roots -- like so many sweet delights -- in the convent kitchens of Puebla. There's no cream, but its rich yellow hue speaks to the many yolks required to make a batch. It's unique and exquisite.

6. Orange Almond Cake and Red Chile Chocolate Glaze
Spanish Jews fleeing the Inquisition arrived in Mexico in the early 1500's. This recipe owes its origins to the Jews of Spain. The almond and orange flavor combination is southern Spain, but when it meets New World ingredients, chocolate, vanilla and red chile, the result is historic and delicious.

7. Atole - Chocolate and Corn
Atole, is called champurrado when made with chocolate. In Mexico, on December 12th, champurrado is front and forward at dawn, when the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe begins, it remains there throughout the Christmas season. Made with nixtamlized corn, it is a comfort food with ancient Aztec roots.

8. 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.

9. Chile Colorado - Chimayo Red Chili
Hot red peppers, native to Mexico and known as "chile" are grown all over the world. The environment where the chile grows is key to the flavor of regional dishes. Here New Mexico Chimayo chile illustrates the point with a recipe for an intense, earthy red sauce, perfect for enchiladas.

10. Sweet Potatoes - Camotes
Mexicans have been eating sweeting potatoes since preHispanic times. This recipe, a festive, savory side dish, tempts back memories of holiday marshmallow casseroles and candied yams, but with added sophistication from the earthy, New World gift of piloncillo, Mexico's unrefined pure cane sugar.



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