Mexican Cooking 101: Terms and Substitutions

Mexican Made Easy's Marcela Valladolid shares her dictionary for making Mexican cooking a breeze.

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Mexican chorizo: Spicy pork sausage. Use Mexican chorizo in Marcela's 'Mexican Made Easy' Sauteed Potatoes with Chorizo recipe.

Substitute: Hot Italian sausage or make your own with ground pork, garlic, cumin and paprika.

Purple bougainvillea: South American edible flower

Substitute: hibiscus

Chile de arbol:
Small, bright red, fairly hot dried Mexican chile. Marcela's Easy Chile Salsa recipe uses this chile.

Substitute: chile powder

Tamarind pods: Tropical fruit both sweet and sour in taste

Substitute: lemon juice, lime juice or cider vinegar with a little sugar added