Essential Tools to Make Mexican Dishes
When it comes to Mexican cooking there are a handful of tools I can’t live without. In this video I share some of my favorites.
Blender – did you know the blender is the number one used appliance in any home kitchen? I use mine all the time to make salsas and sauces, the base of Mexican cooking, so in my opinion it’s important to invest in a good one.
Stockpot – you need a large quality stockpot to make frijoles de la olla (pinto beans), and for boiling chile pods to make red chile sauce.
Tortilla press – If you don’t have a tortilla press you can use a heavy iron skillet to make homemade corn tortillas and sopes.
Comal – my cast iron griddle has a permanent home on my stovetop. I use it to warm up tortillas, make quesadillas, and to roast chiles and veggies. You can use a heavy bottomed sauté pan, but there is no real substitute for the quality that a cast iron griddle brings, and this is a great inexpensive investment for any kitchen.
Chinois – This is a conical sieve with an extremely fine mesh. This is a great tool to strain red chile sauce. You can also use a fine mesh strainer but that can be a bit messy.
Rolling pin – This is my grandma’s rolling pin that I inherited. I love that it’s small and it’s great for rolling flour tortillas or dough to make empanadas. You do not use a tortilla press to make flour tortillas, so a rolling pin is essential. If you don’t have one, you can actually use a clean wine bottle, but this is another inexpensive tool that’s great to have at home.
Molcajete – Ancient cookware in a modern kitchen? Absolutely! This molcajete is the perfect texture for grinding spices and creating authentic guacamole and salsas.
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4 Comments on “Essential Tools to Make Mexican Dishes”
I have a beautiful Greek olive wood rolling pin that inspires me to make tortillas. And I love my high speed blender. I find generally, though, that I am more inspired by recipes than by my equipment. That said, I am more inspired to cook when I have good equipment, and I really like gadgets like my lemon squeezer.
Difinitibamente en mi cocina no puede faltar un cuchillo muy filoso para cortar frutas, verduras y carnes y desde luego una buena tabla. Una buena cazuela para dorar carnes o para asar verduras. Por supuesto no puede faltar una buena olla para unos frijolitos de la olla o para un buen chocolate o café de olla. El comal no puede faltar.
Yes these are the most essential tools in my kitchen too. Great information
Watched your video & have most of the tools for cooking “Mexican food. But my favorite tool is you as you inspire me to try cooking Mexican food that I have never made4 before. Your recipes are great!!! But there is two that I have not mastered yet! #1. is Tamales, as I haven’t got the mesas down spreading it. I get it too thick on the leafs.
#2. I wish I could make the table sauce that I get at the café. So with that, I say I love your sight!!
Widowed & alone but I try!~