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  1. 1. Mexican Food & History By Denice Perez
  2. 2. Mexican Cuisine <ul><li>Mayan Indians influence </li></ul><ul><li>The conquest of Mexico by Spain in 1521 had a great influence on Mexican cuisine. </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional ingredients include beans, chocolate, corn, squash, tomatoes, chocolate, avocado, vanilla, spices, and of course, chili peppers. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Regions in Mexico <ul><li>The six regions of Mexico differ greatly in their cuisines </li></ul><ul><li>Central Mexico's cuisine is largely influenced by the rest of the country, but has unique and tasty dishes such as barbacoa, pozole, menudo, carnitas. </li></ul>1.
  4. 4. History <ul><li>Spanish Conquistadores arrived in Mexico City </li></ul><ul><li>Diet consists of corn-based dishes with chiles and herbs. </li></ul><ul><li>Beans, nopales and tomatoes </li></ul><ul><li>Indigenous people ate avocados, papaya, guava, jicama </li></ul>1.
  5. 5. Classic Meals 1.
  6. 6. Tradition 1.
  7. 7. Chocolate <ul><li>Chocolate played an important part in the history of Mexican cuisine </li></ul><ul><li>Chocolate was first drunk rather than eaten. </li></ul><ul><li>It was used as currency and for religious rituals. </li></ul><ul><li>he drink, called xocoatl, was often flavored with vanilla, chili pepper, and achiote </li></ul>1.
  8. 8. Beverages <ul><li>Tequila </li></ul><ul><li>Beer </li></ul><ul><li>Aguas Frescas </li></ul><ul><li>- Mango </li></ul><ul><li>- Cantaloupe </li></ul><ul><li>- Pineapple </li></ul><ul><li>-Watermelon </li></ul><ul><li>Hot Chocolate </li></ul><ul><li>- chocolatl means chocolate in Nahautl in an Aztec language </li></ul>.
  9. 9. Tortillas <ul><li>The word tortilla Spanish denotes two different classes of foods, one basically an omelette which may have added ingredients, the other a flat thin cake of maize or flour. </li></ul><ul><li>The Aztecs used a lot of corn, both eaten straight from the cob and in recipes. They ground the corn, and used the cornmeal to make a dough called masa. </li></ul>1.