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Cuisine of Mexico

Mexican cuisine is known for its intense and varied flavors, colorful decoration, and variety of spices. Mexican culture and food is one of the richest in the world, both with respect to diverse and appealing tastes and textures; and in terms of proteins, vitamins, and minerals.

Most of today's Mexican cuisine is based on pre-Hispanic traditions, including the Aztecs, Maya, and the Indigenous peoples of Mexico combined with culinary trends introduced by Spanish colonists.

Mexican cuisine varies by region, because of local climate and geography and ethnic differences among the indigenous inhabitants and because these different populations were influenced by the Spaniards in varying degrees.

A distinction must be made between truly authentic Mexican cuisine, and U.S. Southwestern cuisine like Tex-Mex (regional Texan and Mexican fusion), and Cal-Mex (regional Californian and Mexican fusion) since they are commonly mistaken for Mexican cuisine. Another style of cuisine that is commonly mistaken for Mexican cuisine is New Mexican cuisine, which is found in New Mexico, USA.

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