6/28/18 – Basic Mexican

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Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

Ugh.

LearnedLeague precedent (LL77, MD18) – A specially prepared cornmeal dough usually stuffed with sweet or savory fillings and steamed inside a trimmed corn husk or banana leaf—this describes, most commonly, what dish? Zacahuiles are giant ones, while norteños are a smaller variety.

Ugh.

I missed it. I thought of a bunch of basic Mexican dishes, and I knew it wasn’t any of those. The name “tamale” did not cross my mind. I’m now 5 for 7. This was a painful miss. Definitely my worst miss this season.

Today’s post is going to be easy. It is the Wiktionary definitions of the most basic units of food you see on a Mexican restaurant menu. Not going to miss layups like this again.

1. A Mexican dish made by wrapping a filling in a tortilla, then baking in a sauce.

2. A Mexican dish consisting of a flour tortilla wrapped around a filling of meat and/or beans, cheese etc.

3. A specialty food of south-central Mexico, consisting of a bowl-shaped fried tortilla stuffed with chopped meat, lettuce, cheese, etc.

4. A deep-fried wet burrito.

5. A Mexican dish made by filling a tortilla (corn or flour) with cheese, folding in half and toasting until the cheese is melted.

6. A fried corn or flour tortilla, filled usually with beef or chicken and cheese, rolled up, and dipped in a form of salsa, or guacamole.

7. A Tex-Mex dish of strips of spicy marinated meat and/or vegetables in a soft flour tortilla, often served with salad or a savory filling.

8. A thick tortilla as made in Mexico, frequently stuffed and made of corn flour.

ANSWERS BELOW:

1. Enchilada
2. Burrito
3. Chalupa
4. Chimichanga
5. Quesadilla
6. Taquito
7. Fajita
8. Gordita

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