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Old 25.03.2012, 17:19
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Mexican food

A friend of mine went to a Mexican restaurant last night. She and her husband were very surprised to not find Chili Con Carne, Quesadilla and fajitas on the menu. When they asked the waiter, he told them these dishes weren't Mexican but Tex Mex and they were not Taco Bell restaurants.

So, curious as I am, I looked on Internet to find it out. According to Wiki, the all 3 are indeed Mexicans.

Anyone can confirm it or not, please?

Chili Con Carne

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Old 25.03.2012, 17:30
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A friend of mine went to a Mexican restaurant last night. She and her husband were very surprised to not find Chili Con Carne, Quesadilla and fajitas on the menu. When they asked the waiter, he told them these dishes weren't Mexican but Tex Mex and they were not Taco Bell restaurants.

So, curious as I am, I looked on Internet to find it out. According to Wiki, the all 3 are indeed Mexicans.

Anyone can confirm it or not, please?

Chili Con Carne

Fajitas

Quesadilla
Chili is very Tex Mex, but the chile beef mix is used in a variety of sauces in Mexico. Quesadillas are most certainly mexican as you can find them sold as street food, atleast throughout the Pacific coast of Mexico.
Fajitas are Texan.
What I find annoying is that some europeans fail to remember is that southern Texas has an incredible mix of people that were originally there, but are now called Texans, either though they are blood Mexicans. Even though Tex Mex food can have it's "faults" in some of it being actually created outside of the Texas-Mexico area, the mix of the styles, make for great food. And plus, I don't ever remember ordering a flaming fajita to be served table side, with a talking mini dog, at Taco Bell.
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Old 25.03.2012, 17:35
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When they asked the waiter, he told them these dishes weren't Mexican but Tex Mex and they were not Taco Bell restaurants.
Wow, a "snobby" Mexican restaurant? Only in Switzerland
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Old 25.03.2012, 17:41
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Wow, a "snobby" Mexican restaurant? Only in Switzerland
Trust me, there's more then one.
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Old 25.03.2012, 17:51
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A friend of mine went to a Mexican restaurant last night. She and her husband were very surprised to not find Chili Con Carne, Quesadilla and fajitas on the menu. When they asked the waiter, he told them these dishes weren't Mexican but Tex Mex and they were not Taco Bell restaurants.
Well, don't keep the name of the place to yourself! I'm dying to find decent Mexican food in Switzerland -- you know, something that doesn't look like it comes out of an Old El Paso package.

I want a place where a taco looks like this:



Not like this:



I was so glad when reasonably authentic Mexican food began to become widely available in the US, and I even managed to discover an authentic Mexican place in Paris. In Switzerland, the search continues...
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Old 25.03.2012, 18:09
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Re: Mexican food

As you might expect, there's also a huge regional variation in Mexican food within Mexico itself. Much to the the delight of us Norte Americanos.
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Here lives the best burrito I've had in CH.

http://www.dakini.ch/
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Old 25.03.2012, 22:34
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Re: Mexican food

I agree, chili and fajitas are Texan, not Mexican.

Also, U-shaped tacos aren't Mexican either (Californian as I recall), Mexican ones are rolled.

BTW, a Mexican friend once told me (in Lugano) that mine was the best Mexican (and/or Tex-Mex) she'd ever had, except for her mother's!

Tom
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Old 25.03.2012, 22:42
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Re: Mexican food

only quesadillas are mexican.
the first time i ate chili con carne was when i visited usa. and i have noidea how to cook it.
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Old 25.03.2012, 22:43
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only quesadillas are mexican.
the first time i ate chili con carne was when i visited usa. and i have noidea how to cook it.
And as I recall, you are Mexican, no?

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I agree, chili and fajitas are Texan, not Mexican.

Also, U-shaped tacos aren't Mexican either (Californian as I recall), Mexican ones are rolled.

BTW, a Mexican friend once told me (in Lugano) that mine was the best Mexican (and/or Tex-Mex) she'd ever had, except for her mother's!

Tom
You must be one handsome man!!!
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Old 26.03.2012, 00:18
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Re: Mexican food

If its not made with corn (Mais ) it`s not mexican
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Old 26.03.2012, 01:05
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Re: Mexican food

Mexican food is completely different from Tex-Mex. Burritos, fajitas and so on are mostly unknown in Mexico. In general authentic Mexican food takes a lot of time and effort to prepare, and is therefore not suitable for fast food restaurants. I respect a place where you can buy mole, pozole, chiles en nogada, tamales, tortas, cochinita pibil, huaraches, tacos de carnitas, tacos al pastor. Those are part of the "eating out" menu, but there are a lot of dishes which only Mexican mothers prepare.

BTW, In November 2010, Mexican cuisine was added by UNESCO to its lists of the world's "intangible cultural heritage".
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Well, don't keep the name of the place to yourself! I'm dying to find decent Mexican food in Switzerland -- you know, something that doesn't look like it comes out of an Old El Paso package.

I want a place where a taco looks like this:



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It's actually painful to look at this
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Old 26.03.2012, 01:56
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It's actually painful to look at this
Chicken to a gringo Iguana to a Mexican
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It's actually painful to look at this
Agreed!!
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Mexican food is completely different from Tex-Mex. Burritos, fajitas and so on are mostly unknown in Mexico. In general authentic Mexican food takes a lot of time and effort to prepare, and is therefore not suitable for fast food restaurants. I respect a place where you can buy mole, pozole, chiles en nogada, tamales, tortas, cochinita pibil, huaraches, tacos de carnitas, tacos al pastor. Those are part of the "eating out" menu, but there are a lot of dishes which only Mexican mothers prepare.

BTW, In November 2010, Mexican cuisine was added by UNESCO to its lists of the world's "intangible cultural heritage".
im so hungry because of this post right now. my mom came today from mexico, and she's gonna be cooking a lot tomorrow

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And as I recall, you are Mexican, no?

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you recall correctly!
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im so hungry because of this post right now.
If you guys ever need a guinea pig for your culinary experiments, especially on the items highlighted above, I'll be happy to oblige

Nom. These posts made my day. Nom. Cochinita pibil and pastor...
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Re: Mexican food

A lot of US (and subsequently the world) has a concept of Mexican food based on the northern/border regions. It is outstanding food (if you have not had carne asada, you need to have it before you die), but the regions of Mexico are so varied that it's only a part of the rich cuisine of a highly diverse country.

I never had a good mole until I had one prepared by someone from Oaxaca.
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I want a place where a taco looks like this:


Believe it or not, you can get a taco just like that from a bus shelter in Basel!

It's called La Piratita, and it's a tiny takeaway housed in what used to be the Frauenspital bus stop(!)

You can't miss it, it's painted lime green and hot pink

It's at Schanzenstrasse 54, just higher than the Kinderspital UKBB where you have the entrance to the underground car park.
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