Mexican and South American cooking, like many food cultures on the larger continents, is distinctive in that it is not just based on one flavour but more a creative merging and combination of centuries of native and external influences. Hints of ancient Mayan, Aztec, Inca traditions merge with the flamboyance of African, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Indian-South Asian characteristics to create a wonderful vibrant result. A lot are brought to life with the infamous and varied chilli. On our explorations to compile these recipes for you, we came across some dishes that are so complex they can take 2 days to master! Another contained such most bizarre and specific methods, going so far as to dry-cure just one simple spice on a particular month of the year, atop a certain mountain, we were mesmerised and baffled at the same time! Luckily for you, we've narrowed it down to more sensible options, besides, there would be enough room on our page! We've shortlisted a few mix and match recipes that will hopefully be enlightening and inspire you; from quick and simple to maybe just a few slightly more difficult ones. As always, feel free to send us any of your own recipes to pin up here or on our social media pages. In this modern world the more people learn about traditional wholesome cooking the better.