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…]

The Origins of Salsa Dancing

Casa Blanca Mexican RestaurantIt is widely accepted that Salsa dance began as a blend of a few different dances from various backgrounds and cultures. Salsa dancing is an incredibly social dance that got its start in New York City in the 1930s. [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…]

The History of Mexican Sangria

Casa Blanca Mexican RestaurantMexican cuisine has some of the best alcoholic beverages. A night out south of the border can include tequila shots, a few margaritas, some incredible beers, and a whole lot more. Today, we will dive into one of the tastiest beverages, as we take in depth look into delicious and sweet Sangria. [Read more…]

The Day of the Dead and Mexican Sugar Skulls

The Day of the Dead in Mexico isn’t so much a religious holiday as it is a cultural holiday. The holiday and the sugar skull tradition serve to celebrate the lives of deceased relatives. [Read more…]

The History of Tacos

The taco is a staple of Mexican cuisine, so it might be surprising to learn that tacos don’t have a very long history. There is no exact history of where and when they came about. However, historian, Jeffrey M. Pilcher, professor of history at the University of Minnesota, has traveled around the world researching Mexican food. He has a few ideas about the history of tacos, and you may be surprised to read his conclusions.

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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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4 Great Health Benefits of Avocados

Close-up of a sliced avocadoDid you know? The first Hass avocado tree is still alive and producing fruit. Maybe if we ate more avocados, we would live longer and healthier lives, just like that tree! And while you may not sprout into an avocado tree simply be eating too much guacamole, it does mean you will be nourished inside and out from enjoying the health benefits of avocados. [Read more…]

How to Make Colorado Green Chili

Colorado Green Chili - Casa Blanca

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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