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The Street Food of Mexico

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My recent visit to  the cities Morelia and Uruapan in Mexico yielded a bounty of information and recipes for avocados. It was also a  palate-stimulating experience thanks for the  street fair food in Mexico.

Below are photos of some of the food I encountered (and enjoyed) during a Tianguis (an open-air market).  This large market in Uruapan took place on Palm Sunday and was a large exhibit of food and crafts.

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Street Fair of Artisanal Crafts and Food in Uruapan, Mexico

1 Street Fair of Artisanal Crafts and Food in Uruapan, Mexico

Participants arriving for the celebration.

2 Participants arriving for the celebration.

A display of handcrafts.

3 A display of handcrafts.

Soft, moist DELICIOUS blue corn tortillas.

4 Soft, moist DELICIOUS blue corn tortillas.

Blue corn tortillas on the griddle.

5 Blue corn tortillas on the griddle.

Quesadillas fresh from the comal (griddle).

6 Quesadillas fresh from the comal (griddle).

Chicken Mole and Rice

7 Chicken Mole and Rice

Quesadillas in the making.

8 Quesadillas in the making.

You can expect plenty of song-and-dance impromptu right on the street, as you can see in the clip below.

I learned that quesadillas on an outdoor griddle pick up the smoky elements from the fire and taste delicious with simple ingredients such as cheese, beans, and potatoes with hot sauce.  Simply place a corn tortilla on the griddle, let it cook for a while then place the ingredients inside until the cheese melts.  Next time I see a grill in action, you can bet I will place some quesadillas on it!

I always wondered what the perfect technique for hand-patting tortillas might be.  Better than words, here is a video!  These women are making tortillas from blue corn which is moist, soft, and incredibly delicious.  This explained the looooong lines for these tortillas.  Here is their method for patting them out in side-to-side movements.

Tune in to Living Today on  Monday (1 pm EST) to hear more of my travels.  One of Mexico's Federal Tour Guides will be on air.

Comments (2)

  • that food looks yummmmmmmmmmmy !

  • Author Comment:

    Thanks!!! Hope you get to Michoacan some time!!!

    Mario

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