If you are ready to try something different from south of the border, try Mexican soup! If you love soup and you love Mexican food you are in luck. There are many different Mexican soups to discover and try. These would be perfect for special occasions such as Christmas dinners, and also anytime of the year. Some are sweet, while others are hot and spicy. Some are for dinner, while others are deserts. There is a soup that will please anyone!
Cream of Jalapeno soup is perfect for a cold day. It includes ingredients such as avocados, tomatoes, garlic, and of course jalapenos. Even though it calls for jalapenos, this dish isn't extremely spicy. Another popular south of the border style soup is the Tortilla soup. There are different recipes for the soup, some making the soup creamy. Tortilla soup is a favorite, which is not a surprise. It contains many tasty ingredients. You will find the soup filled with different vegetables, chicken, and of course strips of corn tortillas.
Menudo is a traditional soth of the border meal. It is usually full and spice and tripe. Long ago, poverty among the campesinos was common. This meant that when it came to food, they were not picky about what they had. They used just about everything from the cattle. This meant internal organs, brains, tails, hooves, and so on. The stomachs happened to be the lengthiest part of sheep and cattle so was used for the soup. Other foods that are added to this soup include onions, lime juice, oregano, and fresh cilantro.
It takes a long time to cook tripe in order for it to be good enough to eat, so typically Menudo is cooked in large batches and sold on certain days. In the Mexican state of Chihuahua, a soup called Pozole similar to Menudo is made, but uses a meat that is easier to cook. Menudo is so popular in Mexico, that the country gets shipments of tripe from the United States and Canada. This soup is often helps when someone is battling a hangover. It can also be seen served at special occasions.
Vegetables are throughout most of the soups. Pozole soup calls for traditional corn called maiz blanco. It is a large kernelled corn found throughout Mexico. The corn is soaked in a special solution of lime. The soup also includes pork, chilies, onions, and a variety of spices and seasonings. This soup is eaten in both Mexico and also the Southwestern United States, especially the states of Arizona and New Mexico.
There also a long list of wonderful dessert soups. Atole de Fresa is a strawberry desert soup. It includes milk, masa, cinnamon, and of course strawberries. The soup is usually served warm. Atole de Fresa can be found in Mexican restaurants.
There are so many more soups in Mexican cooking. Some include pumpkins, others include coconut. Before trying to make your own bowl, try a few different types at your local Mexican restaurants. Once you find one that you enjoy, try to make it at home for your family and friends to enjoy. It would be a crowd pleaser at your next party celebration.