I’ve recently been searching for local Mexican restaurants, and seem to be finding a lot of similar reviews – BLAND FOOD.
What many people may not know, traditional Mexican food tends to be bland. It just so happens that this popular ethnic food happens to be very Americanized – often making it spicy and overpowering.
That’s not how true Mexican food is at all.
Sure, it may be appealing to the typical gringo to have their plates bursting with spice and heat (spice doesn’t equate heat), but this actually takes away from the actual flavor of what is being consumed.
Take, for instance, pinto beans – frijoles. Okay. Bad example. Those are generally plain, unless the masochists out there ruin them by pouring an entire bottle of Dave’s Insanity over them. Beans are meant to be plain!!! When I cook them, I add half an onion and about 6 slices of bacon into the kettle, per one pound of dried pintos. It’s really best to leave the salt out. Add it to taste when it’s time to eat.
Most Mexican dishes are generally bland. Peppers are traditionally roasted over a fire, then optionally added at the diner’s discretion/request. Can you say ON THE SIDE?
There’s literally nothing like gnawing on a roasted red chili in between several forks full of frijolitos y tamales.
Don’t even get me started on tamales.
If you’re headed out for a night of Mexican, wear your eatin’ pants. I shit you not. A serving of beans, Mexican rice, 2 tamales, and maybe a stuffed roasted poblano chile will have you crying – if you’re not a glutton. If you are a gluttonous person, then those few items won’t bother you. Feel free to add in a few street tacos and some chile relleno. But don’t complain to me about the 10 extra pounds on your scale a week later.