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Wednesday
Mar312010

taco v. burrito v. chimichanga v. enchilada v. fajita v. quesadilla

  • A taco is a traditional Mexican dish consisting of either a hard corn tortilla or a soft wheat tortilla folded in half and filled with various ingredients, including beef, chicken, pork, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and refried beans.
  • While burritos contain similar fillings to tacos, they are larger and are always made with a soft flour tortilla wrapped tightly and completely around the fillings. Tacos have been served for centuries, but burritos are a 20th century invention.
  • chimichanga is a deep-fried burrito.
  • An enchilada is a corn tortilla rolled around a meat or cheese filling and baked in a chili sauce.
  • Fajitas consist of strips of marinated grilled skirt steak or other meats, onions, peppers, and condiments such as sour cream, guacamole, and salsa, all wrapped in a flour tortilla. Whereas the other items in this list are served already in a tortilla, the ingredients of a fajita are usually layed out separately and assembled at the table by the diner.
  • A quesadilla is Mexican snack made by placing cheese and sometimes other ingredients on top of a tortilla, which is folded in half, then fried or toasted. The typical American quesadilla, a sandwich made with cheese and meat fried between 2 flour tortillas, is known in Mexican cuisine as a sincronizada.

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