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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. 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.

2. Dried Fish, Nopales and Red Chile Sauce
In Mexico the forty days before Easter are filled with special foods representing simple meatless dishes. This dried fish recipe is exquisitely Mexican with its flavorful red chile sauce, tangy nopales and the tasty, mild, dried small fry from the lakes of Mexico.

3. Handmade Salsa - Chile Maneado
A salsa technique almost forgotten, but one that is efficient in realms. It is efficient, rather quick and offers extraordinary flavor. It is easily learned and can and should be customized to the cook's desires.

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. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Nopales - Cactus Paddles
Cooking with cactus may be daunting to cooks because of its prickly nature, but the leaves, or paddles, of the prickly pear cactus are an ancient food that still delivers loads of potential to cooks, it's versatile and delicious.This article offers the basics for cleaning and preparing nopales.

10. Basic Red Chile Sauce - Salsa Pasilla
A classic table condiment, this salsa is essential to any Mexican cook's repertoire. This recipe is not difficult to make and its ingredients are easily sourced. The result is versatile and offers the authentic and rich flavor of the pasilla chile, one of Mexico's most popular chiles.



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Orange Almond Cake and Red Chile Chocolate Glaze

Dried Fish, Nopales and Red Chile Sauce

Handmade Salsa - Chile Maneado

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