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Mexican Food Gift Baskets

Mexican cuisine is known for its intense and varied flavors, colorful decoration, and the variety of spices that it has. Mexican gastronomy, in terms of diversity of appealing tastes and textures, is one of the richest in the world in proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Though it originated in Mexico, it has combined with the style of cooking of the Southwest United States to form what has come to be known as Tex-Mex cuisine.
Mexican food varies by region, because of local climate and geography and ethnic differences among the indigenous inhabitants and because these different populations were influenced by the Spaniards in varying degrees. The north of Mexico is known for its beef production and meat dishes; southeastern Mexico, on the other hand, is known for its spicy vegetable and chicken-based dishes. Veracruz-style is a common method. Mexican cuisine is renowned for its use of Hot sauces and Chili peppers. Lets take a look at some Mexican Food Gift Baskets.
  • Classic Hot Sauce Gift Basket-: From the hot-hot-hot habanero to the tangy-spicy green jalapeño, to the smooth, traditional red sauces all your bases can be covered here. Hot Sauces are an integral ingredient for Mexican cuisine and hence it would make a rather appropriate gift for anyone who enjoys cooking Mexican food or likes their food hot.

  • Chili Peppers Gift Basket-: This one’s a must have for anyone who loves Chili peppers in their food. You can use the poblanos to make Killer Rellenos, Open a can of jalapeños and cook up a plate of nachos. Use the serranos to make your own Mexican salsa. Serve the chipotles in adobo over sea bass. The possibilities are endless; don’t forget those fillings for the Tacos.

  • Salsa and moles Gift Basket-: Salsa is a particularly important kind of dip or dips in Mexican Cuisine. It gained popularity in the United States during World War II when there was a shortage of Tomato ketchup. Mole is a Mexican sauce made from chili peppers mixed with spices, unsweetened chocolate, almonds, and other ingredients. Salsas can be made from fresh, raw vegetables or cooked. Every Mexican food chef has their own particular way of making salsa. No two are ever alike! Basic ingredients are chilies, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and spices. You can either make your own Salsa and Mole for a gift basket but it is advisable to purchase the commercially manufactured variety as it lasts much longer due to preservatives.

  • Mexican Herbs and Spices Gift Basket-: This one’s for a real Mexican food connoisseur or an aspiring chef. Include about 20 varieties of spices and herbs that are not easily found in the US. You can purchase these from specialty stores or online from Mexican food websites. Include with that a cookbook to explain how exactly the herbs and spices can be used. Does make for a rather thoughtful gift.



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