Welcome back to the El Charrito blog! If you’ve been reading our blog for awhile you know that we try not to take things too seriously here, and today, we are going to share with you some interesting facts about Mexican food. So, stick around, or come by our Salinas restaurant for authentic Mexican food, or order food delivery and get Monterey’s favorite burrito delivered right to your door. 

Fun Fact #1: Some Mexican Dishes Are Centuries Old

Over the years Mexican cuisine has been adopted by many cultures, and as a result it has changed form into Tex Mex, Baja style Mexican food, and the breakfast burrito. However, at the heart of some of the most experimental and Mexican-inspired fusion foods are dishes that are centuries old and can even be traced as far back as the Aztecs and Mayans. 

Fun Fact #2: Mexican Food Is Healthy 

Unlike it’s Tex Mex counterpart, the food that we serve at our authentic Mexican restaurant is quite healthy. Many dishes are highly balanced, are rich with nutrients, and are made from fresh ingredients. Within each dish you will not only find spices and flavors that feed the soul but also nutrients that fight cancer, can offer protein, fiber, healthy fats, veggies, grains, and more. Read more about it here!

Fun Fact #3: Some Mexican Foods Are Quite Exotic

Mexican food isn’t usually considered one of the most exotic foods. However, it can be! Some recipes require proteins such as iguana and rattlesnake. You won’t find anything like that at El Charrito, unless you consider beef tongue “exotic”: you can try it in our Costillas burrito, torta or burrito bowl! We like to keep it simple, but flavorful, offering many protein options with vegetarian options as well. We offer chile verde, chicharron, chile Colorado, carnitas, and bistec rancho — to name a few. 

Fun Fact #4: Corn Is In Everything

Though there are dishes we serve at El Charrito that don’t have corn in them, you can find corn in many traditional Mexian dishes. For example, corn is used in tortillas, tamales, some salsas, taquitos, and more. Why is corn in everything? The use of corn can be traced back to the Aztecs — from whom many of our Mexican dishes originated from. 

Fun Fact #5: Tomatoes Came From Mexico

Though Italy often gets credited with bringing the goodness that is the tomato to the U.S., tomatoes originated from Mexico and is actually the largest exporter of tomatoes in the world. The Aztecs introduced the tomato to the European conquistadors who brought it back to Spain and Europe as a result. If you love Mexican food, you know that the tomato is a main ingredient found as a garnish, in salsas, and many other dishes. 

We hope you enjoyed learning a little more about Mexican food, and that you’ll stop in or order from El Charrito soon! Be sure to check out our menu and see what we’re cooking up for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in Salinas!