Mexican Flavours

March 17th 2016

Mexican Flavours From a growing taste for regional Mexican fare to early exploration in China, cultures across the world are embracing authentic elements of this bright, bold and casual cuisine. Much of the world has had some exposure to Mexican cuisine – but to varying degrees. Though this trend spans the globe, it is expressed differently everywhere, and with the speed of adoption.

Some regions, like Asia and Australia, are getting their initial exposure to Mexican flavours, mostly inspired by Tex-Mex cuisine. Meanwhile, in North America where the cuisine is already entrenched, we’re exploring more regional authenticity from the Yucatan, Oaxaca, Veracruz, and Baja. Everywhere, this interest is driven by the casual, celebratory appeal of Mexican culture and is focused on discovering authentic Mexican flavours, dishes and techniques!
In Canada, Mexican flavours and ingredients have seen a consistent increase in menu incidence since 2010, growing about 15% in the past five years. (Source: Technomic, Mexican Flavours on Canadian Menus 2014). Pantry staples with a Mexican flair are familiar and widespread: jalapenos, chili pepper, garlic, onion and oregano are common in many kitchens across Canada. Who doesn’t love a good appetizer with nachos, salsa and guacamole? And some of the top entreés with Mexican flavours include chicken sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas, fajitas and burritos.

The popularity of Mexican cuisine in Canada is shown not only in the rising application of Mexican flavours and ingredients in traditional Mexican dishes like burritos but a variety of other dishes, such as pasta and pizza. Spicy or smoky proteins combined with rich cheeses and sauces and fresh vegetables make the bold flavours of Mexican food so appealing to consumers.

As Mexican cuisine goes mainstream, we are starting to see the growth of authentic Mexican flavours and ingredients in other menu applications as well. Take your guests on a journey to Mexico by showcasing these up-and-coming flavours on your menu:

Tomatillos: Tomato-like ingredient that imparts a bright, lemony flavor and is considered a staple in Mexican cooking.

Ways to Explore:

  • Fire-Roasted
  • Dry-Roasted
  • Blanched
  • Diced/chopped
  • Jams
  • Raw
  • Preserved

Recados: Spice paste popular in the Yucatan. The spice mixture usually includes annatto, Mexican oregano, cumin, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, allspice, garlic, and salt.

Ways to Explore:

  • Chicken, Pork
  • Fish
  • Soup
  • Stews

Chamoy Sauce: Condiment combining apricot, lime, chilies and spices.

Ways to Explore:

  • Salsa
  • Topical Seasoning
  • Sauce
  • Beverage
  • Dip