Traditional Mexican food dishes include tortilla soup, arroz con pollo, chicken flautas with avocado cream, tacos carne asada and carnitas. Desserts include leche quemada and flan.
Tortilla soup contains tomato, corn kernels, shredded cooked chicken, cilantro leaves, chipotle in adobo sauce, garlic and onion. The tortilla chips are broken up and placed in a bowl, then the soup is ladled over them. Lime wedges are optional.
Classic arroz con pollo is chicken parts nestled in a bed of rice that has been turned a brilliant yellow by the addition of saffron. Other seasonings for the rice include green bell peppers, onions, cumin, white wine, garlic and tomatoes. Pimientos and pimiento-stuffed olives are other ingredients. The chicken is prepared by marinating it in orange and lime juice.
Carnitas means "little meats." They are simply cubes of pork that are traditionally simmered for hours in lard then shredded and added to tortillas. Some recipes dispense with the lard and simmer the carnitas in a broth of beer, lime zest, orange juice and other flavors in a slow cooker.
Leche quemada is made from evaporated cow and goat milks, sugar, corn syrup and an extract of Mexican vanilla. Pecans are added, the mixture is cut into bars, cooled, then served.