Mexican Recipes with Potatoes
Why I Love Mexican Recipes with Potatoes
I love Mexican food. I love the distinct flavors of authentic Mexican recipes that is best loved by not just Mexicans but other peoples and cultures as well. Who doesn’t love tacos, tortillas, and nachos? Although of course, Mexican food and cuisine go beyond the most famous dishes identified to most people.
Mexican food which originates in Mexico is known for its use of varied techniques, flavors, spices and ingredients, and colorful decoration which is only found in the native country. Thousands of years and the intermingling of indigenous cultures have led to the development of what Mexican cuisine is as of this day.
Truly, Mexican food has found a great following in the global scope because now it is already considered as one of the world’s intangible cultural heritage which was officially declared by UNESCO. Naturally, since potatoes are native to the Americas, the potato is definitely a part of Mexican cuisine.
It is funny how a lot of children and even adults who hate vegetable dishes are drawn to potatoes and potato dishes. French fries, hash browns, mashed potatoes. If you want your child to eat vegetables, make sure to serve some Mexican recipes with potatoes. Both children and adults will surely be satisfied.
Other health facts that make potato dishes special and beneficial are the following:
Potatoes aid in healthy digestion. It contains energy-giving carbohydrates, which also has a good amount of fiber which helps in clearing out the digestive tract. It is also helpful for weight gain. Although not all people need to gain weight and may even need to lose weight, potatoes are good for children and adults who are battling from being undernourished.
Unknown to a lot of people, the potato is also an excellent source for Vitamin C which prevents scurvy and other bacterial and viral infections. It is also great beneficial in the care of the skin because of its various vitamins and minerals like Vitamin B-complex, magnesium, potassium, zinc and phosphorous. It is also good for relieving inflammatory symptoms. Diseases that are relieved by potatoes are rheumatism, diarrhea, and high blood pressure. It also prevents heart disease and kidney stones and promotes proper brain functioning.
Just when we think that potatoes offer too many benefits, we find out that potatoes are also used as an effective treatment for sprains, bruised, burns, ulcers, skin problems and can also work to prevent prostate cancer, uterine cancer, tumor and cyst formation.
Whoever said that potatoes were unhealthy need to seriously take back whatever she or he had said. Although indeed, potatoes become fat-laden because of the way it is cooked, like in French fries when it is deep fried in oil, generally it is a vegetable that deserves much more credit than it usually gets from people.
Most potatoes are sold in individual plastic bags but t is actually recommendable to buy potatoes from unpacked bulk display. This is a better way because you will be able to check the potatoes individually from damage or decay. Also, when potatoes are packed inside plastic bags, moisture actually builds up in the bags which cause the potatoes to disintegrate.
In choosing a potato, choose one which is smooth and well-shaped. Check for signs of decay or rotting. Also, do not buy a potato that appears to have some sprouting or which has a green discoloration. These signs actually signify the presence of toxic alkaloid solanine which not only gives off a bad taste for your potato dish; it also can cause headaches, diarrhea, and even respiratory and circulatory depression.
Steer clear from pre-cleaned potatoes as they usually harbor more bacteria. Their skins serve as protective layers and if they are removed, they become exposed to harmful microorganisms. Of course, when it is already cleaned it is more expensive but you should still buy it with the skins on because it is much safer and healthier.
Ideally, potatoes should be stored in a clean, dry place. The potatoes should not be subjected to high temperatures and sunlight because this can cause that green discoloration and sprouting condition which is best to be avoided.
The Proper Storage of Potatoes
It is important to remember not to place your potatoes in the refrigerator as this can cause the undesirable taste of the potato when its starch converts to sugar. Also, it should never be placed beside onions because they can cause each other’s disintegration. Make sure to keep your potatoes in a paper bag or in a burlap bag when you store them.
The Best among Mexican Recipes with Potatoes: Mexican Spuds These divine Mexican spuds are to die for. It is perfect to be eaten at home, at dinner parties and at gatherings. It is a no fuss-food that is totally easy to make. Ingredients:
- 4 russet potatoes (scrubbed)
- 1 can (about 8 ounces) of tomato sauce
- 1 pound ground beef or turkey
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 cup cheddar cheese (cheddar)
- 1 cup medium tomato salsa
- ½ cup thinly sliced green onions (including tops)
- 1 cup tomato (chopped)
- Sour cream
- 1 can of sliced black olives (drained)
- With a fork, puncture the potatoes then cook in the microwave oven on full power, turning over once. After 15 minutes to 20 minutes, the potatoes should be tender when punctured with a fork.
- If not, continue baking t for another 45 to 50 minutes in the oven.
- Stir beef on high heat for 5 minutes until lightly browned and crumbled. Drain.
- Pour the chili powder onto the beef and stir the mixture for 1 minute.
- Add the salsa then the tomato sauce and then reduce the heat.
- Let it simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.
- When the potatoes are done, remove from the heat then slit the potatoes lengthwise then put a spoonful of meat into the "pocket" that I created.
- Make sure to also distribute the tomato, olives, onions, and cheese equally.
- This dish is perfect with sour cream and guacamole.
Verdict: Indeed, everyone loves potatoes. Potatoes are versatile and they make excellent Mexican dishes. Make sure to try out our other Mexican recipes with potatoes which we guarantee that you will surely love.
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