Tequila, tacos, sombreros and… Speedy Gonzáles!? Are these the first things that come to mind when you think about Mexico? Don’t be that guy/girl. Find out the truth about 5 Mexican stereotypes.
Mexico is not Central America (nor South America, for that matter). I can’t remember the number of times I’ve had to repeat this sentence. 😀 By now, I realize it’s an unclear topic since each country divides the American continent differently. But trust me on this one. Yes, we speak Spanish and yes, we are also a part of Latin America. But I can assure you, Mexico is part of North America. In fact, depending on the source, we are sometimes considered the only Latin American country in North America.
Mexicans don’t eat chilli con carne. This dish is Tex-Mex cuisine. Although the ingredients are similar to those used in Mexican cuisine, Tex-Mex food is mostly eaten in the US. After all, there’s a reason why it’s called “chilli con carne” and not “chilE con carne” 😉 You can read more about this topic here: Tex Mex Cuisine.
Mexicans don’t eat burritos. Ok, that’s not entirely true, but if one more person asks me how to make a proper burrito… 😀 Burritos are a traditional dish from the north of Mexico, where flour tortillas are eaten on a daily basis. The rest of the country eats corn tortillas instead and are not so interested in this dish. So, for most Mexicans, burritos are more of a “gringo” food, if you will 😀
Ay Chihuahua! I hate to disappoint all of those who learned Spanish by watching the Simpsons, but “ay Chihuahua”, despite sounding very Mexican, is not used very much nowadays. I’ve lived in Mexico for 16 years and never heard it once. However, you may hear it occasionally in the countryside among the older generation. For further information about this phrase, please refer to this website.
Tabasco Sauce is not Mexican. Again, I hope I’m not disappointing you. Tabasco sauce was invented by an American living in Louisiana. It gets its name from the peppers in it, which are from a state in Mexico of the same name. So I guess you can say that it’s a Mexican-American thing :p Mexicans are aware of the existence of Tabasco sauce, but it’s not a part of our national cuisine.
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