Take a good helping of South American and Mexican cuisines and add in a splash of old-world Spanish ingredients. Blend with a healthy dose of Native American fare and sprinkle on some frontier trail food. Now give it all a good stir, and that's the Southwest.
What does Southwestern food mean to you?!
We talked about Latin American flavors and ingredients a few weeks ago, but as we move through the regional cuisines of the United States, we felt that the Southwest deserved a little special time in the spotlight. Like so many regions that we've already explored, Southwestern cuisine is somehow more than the sum of its parts.
Fruits and Vegetables:
Corn--fresh, dried, and ground
Fresh Chile Peppers--Jalapeno, Serrano, Poblano, Anaheim, Habanero
Dried Chile Peppers--Chipotle, Ancho
Meat and Starches:
Rice--white and brown
Beans--especially Pinto Beans
Cheese--Monterey Jack, Queso Fresco, Queso Blanco
What else would you to add to this list?
Related: Sense of Place: The Flavors and Ingredients of Florida
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