Mexican Culinary Primer

Achiote: Yucatan-style paste made from ground annatto seeds, spices and lime juice or vinegar

Adobo: a smoky, chile-based sauce with tomatoes, onions, garlic and spices

Ancho: dried poblano chile

Asada: broiled

Barbacoa: meat cooked in an underground pit, usually wrapped in banana or agave leaves

Carne: meat

Carnitas: pork simmered in fruit juices and used in tacos and burritos


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