Mexican Cuisine

Mexican CuisineI’m absolutely in love with Mexican Cuisine. If you find that your meals are in a rut, there is no easier way to add some excitement again than with a little Latin flair!

In this video I provide you with my favorite recipes for making flour tortillas, refried beans, guacamole, salsa and an amazing salad that uses all of the above.

If you ever wanted to learn about Mexican cuisine, you will find here 4 staple recipes that will carry you very far on your journey.

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Flour Tortilla Recipe

This is an absolutely amazing recipe for flour tortillas. It is in my opinion, the best of the bunch. After you know how to make these, you’ll find every excuse to add them to every meal.

1. Mix together the following :

  • 2 Cups of Unbleached Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Shortening or Lard
  • 2 Tb Butter

2. After everything is well mixed, add 3/4 Cup of warm water and mix until a slightly tacky ball is formed.

3. Let the dough sit in a bowl, covered with a warm damp cloth for about 20 minutes.

4. Form the dough into golf ball sized balls and roll them flat

5. Cook the tortilla 20 – 25 sec. per side in a cast iron skillet on high

Refried Beans Recipe

A staple of Mexican cuisine! Normally refried beans taste gummy and pasty in restaurants. These beans are pure mellow comfort food. I guarantee you will be amazed by how good they are.

1. Soak 2 Cups of  Black Beans for 3 hours and then drain the water

2. Add the following and cook at 50% on your stove for 2 hours

  • 2 Cups of Soaked Black Beans
  • 10 Cups of Water
  • 3/4 Cup Chopped White / Yellow Onion
  • 3 Tb Shortening or Lard

3. Add the following to the pot and cook for another 20 minutes at 50%

  • 1 Tb Fresh Thyme
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Chopped Jalapeno

4. Fry 1 Cup of Chopped White / Yellow Onion in 1/2 Cup of Vegetable Oil for about 3 minutes

5. Drain liquid from the Beans

6. Add Beans and Onion to the blender and blend until a paste is formed

7. Fry Bean paste for about 5 minutes at 50%


This is a basic fresh salsa recipe. The great thing about it is that it can be easily used to make the guacamole below.

1. Roast, or don’t 3 Tomatoes & 1 Jalapeno

2. Remove the skins, or don’t from the above

3. Add the Tomatoes, Jalapeno and the follow to a blender

  • 1 Tb Chopped Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup White / Yellow Onion
  • 1/3 Cup Cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

4. Drain excess water from the salsa

5. Add 1/4 cup of Tomato Sauce, or any other spices you like


Guacamole is amazing! There are very few things that pack all of the flavors you find in Guacamole.

If you made the salsa above:

Add the following to the blender and blend:

  • 2 Avocados
  • 1/3 Cup of Salsa
  • 1/2 Tb Lime Juice

If you didn’t make the salsa above:

Add the following to the blender and blend:

  • 2 Avocados
  • 1/2 Tb Lime Juice
  • 1 Tb White / Yellow Onion
  • 1 Jalapeno ( No Seeds )
  • 1 /3 Cup Chopped Tomato
  • 1 Tb Cilantro

Thats All Folks

Well there are my favorite Mexican cuisine dishes. You can make numerous different meals with just these simple staples.

Feel free to leave your requests below. As you can see, I’ll do a tutorial on pretty much any subject

Till Next Time


4 Responses to “Mexican Cuisine”

  1. Hello Derek,

    I have been watching your great videos about Android and Java Tutorials, besides, I see that you like mexican dishes, it particularly catches my attention, you are not a chef, but you are a good candidate. I’m Mexican, I like cooking.

    Sometimes, I don’t understand everything because I´m learning english too.
    I hope that my message will be well written. Thank you very much, you are amazing, your tutorials are very helpful for me.

    • Derek Banas says:

      Hello Angélica, Thank you very much for the kind message. I’m very happy that you enjoy the videos. Yes I love Mexican dishes! I’m not very good at making them, but I practice all of the time. On a funny side note, this meal was actually what my wife ate the night she went into labor with our 2nd child. Ever since we have always called her Bean 🙂

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