Mexican Presidents: Benito Juárez

Black and white photo of Mexican President, Benito Juárez.Benito Juárez, or Benito Pablo Juárez García was a Mexican lawyer and politician from Oaxaca, Mexico, who served as the president of Mexico from 1858-1872. Many know of him because he was responsible for helping to overthrow the Second Mexican Empire and restore the Republic, as well as using liberal measures to modernize Mexico. Others remember Juárez for his passion for the native people of Mexico, and at 4 ft 6 inches, for being one of the shortest presidents in world history! [Read more…]

The History of Mariachi Music

Close up of man's fingers strumming the strings of a mariachi guitarThe origins of the name “Mariachi” are still a mystery to this day. It was said to have come from the French word for “marriage” dating back to the French occupation of Mexico in the 1860’s. Given how mariachi bands were often seen playing at weddings, this was the popular theory for many years. It was even promoted on record sleeves and travel brochures, but has since been proven incorrect by historians. It is now thought to be of indigenous origin, representing the wood used to create ancient instruments and dancing platforms. Though the name has long remained a mystery, mariachi goes far beyond music. [Read more…]

Tex-Mex: The Marriage of Mexican and American Food

Casa Blanca Mexican RestaurantThere is nothing like some good ol’ Tex-Mex. Many foods that we come to think of as “Mexican” actually have a lot of American influence. Like any good family recipe, everyone is just aching to put their own personal spin on it. The same can be said for Mexican food in the U.S! [Read more…]

Delicious Mexican Shrimp Burrito Recipe

The burrito is one of Mexico’s greatest gift to the world. Some have supposed that the name burrito which technically means “little donkey” in Spanish. It is possible they received this name because they look a bit like the bed rolls which were traditionally placed the back of donkeys during trips. No matter where the word comes from, burritos are delicious.

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How to Make Colorado Green Chili

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Tomatillos – the little green tomatoes that make Green Chili green.

As with normal chili there are many different types of Chile Verde (green chili). There are Slow Cooker Chile Verdes, Chicken Chile Verde, and Colorado Chile, just to name a few. As with many foods (like the burger and the pizza) when the concept is great and the food is versatile, many variations are going to happen.

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Delicious Mexican Wedding Cookie Recipe

Looking for a delicious light and nutty treat to enjoy anytime this summer? Traditional Mexican wedding cookies are perfect even when you aren’t getting married. The authentic Mexican wedding cookie is a traditional sweet treat served at Mexican weddings. In Mexican culture, foods rich in sugar are traditionally reserved for special occasions, such as weddings. Along with many other types of sweet, fruity, and nutty cakes, the Mexican wedding cookie is a similar recipe to the Russian teacake and a few other cookie recipes that originated in Europe. These authentic traditional Mexican wedding cookies are perfect for any occasion large or small.Delicious Mexican Wedding Cookie Recipe - Casa Blanca

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Try This Great Beef Fajita Salad Recipe

There are not many foods that can rival a beef fajita on taste, texture, style, and culture. But sometimes you need to mix it up a little bit. That’s why this salad version of the beef fajita is a winner every time. This low carbs recipe contains no wheat making it a bit healthier than fajitas and a little bit easier to prepare.

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Try This Excellent Taco Salad

There are good taco salad recipes and then there are ones that make everyone ask, “who made that?” This is one of those dishes everyone will be asking about. Taco salad is not a new dish, but this recipe will surprise even the most hard-to-please of guests. You love taco salad because it has all the taste of the taco with a less of the mess. It can be made in bulk and will go a long way even with many hungry guests.

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Authentic Mexican Food Recipes

Learn more about authentic Mexican food with these recipes from five regions of Mexico, starting in the north and heading south and east.

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Mexican Food in America: How the U.S. Came to Love Mexican Cuisine

It’s difficult to visit an American fare restaurant without seeing nachos, tacos, or quesadillas on the menu these days. The United States is a melting pot of various cultures, and assimilating Mexican cuisine into our daily eating habits is no exception. In fact, salsa has become the number one condiment nationwide, surpassing ketchup and mayo, seemingly the most American of all of the condiments. And tortillas have now been outselling hot dog buns since 2010. [Read more…]