JARGON

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Agua (ah’-goo-ah) water
Ají (ahi) how peppers are called in some South American countries
Amigo (uh-mee-goh) friend
Ancho (ahn-choh) “wide”, a dried poblano pepper
Arroz (ar-roth’) rice
Baja (bah-hah) “lower”, Baja California, a state in the northwest peninsula of Mexico
Burrito (buh-ree-toh) “little donkey”, a dish originated in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, consisting of a large flour tortilla folded over a filling
Camarón (cah-mah-rone’) shrimp
Carne (kahr-ney) meat
Carnitas (kahr-nee-tuh-z) small or shredded pieces of roast pork
Cerveza (ser-ve-sah) beer
Chihuahua (chi-wah-wah) a state in northern Mexico
Chimichurri (chim-ee-choo r-ee) an Argentinian sauce often served with grilled meat
Chipotle (chi-poht-ley) smoked ripe jalapeño pepper
Chorizo (chuh-ree-zoh) pork sausage
Churrasco (chuh-ras-koh) beef (usually skirt steak) cooked over an open fire
Churros (choo r-ohz) a long slender deep-fried pastry resembling a cruller
Dulce de Leche (duhl-see de lay’-chaye) “milk sweet”, syrup made from sweetened milk also called Cajeta, Arequipe or Manjar
Empanada (em-pah-nah-th ah) savory or sweet filled pastry
Familia (fa’mi-lja) family
Flan (flahn) a dessert custard with a caramel topping
Frijoles (free-hohles) beans
Guacamole (gwah-kuh-moh-lee) mashed up avocado
Guajillo (gwah-HEE-yoh) mild, dark burgundy dried chile
Jalapeño (holl-uh-pehn-yo) jalapeño pepper
Mole (moh-ley) a traditional sauce made with many different spices, nuts, chiles and often chocolate
Papas (pa-PAH-s) fries or potatoes
Picante (pee-con-tay) spicy
Pico de gallo (pee-co de guy-o) “rooster’s beak”, a fresh salsa made with diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro and sometimes chiles
Poblano (puh-blah-noh) original from Puebla. Poblano peppers are thick long heart-shaped with a mild earthy flavor
Pollo (paw-yaw) chicken
Puebla (pwe-blah) a state in central Mexico
Quesadilla (key-sah-dee-uh) tortilla (flour or corn) filled with cheese and a selection of other ingredients, folded and griddled until the inside is melting and the outside toasted
Queso (kay’-so) cheese
Rollo (rol-oh) roll
Salsa verde (sahl-sah verr’-day) green sauce
Sonora (suh-nawr-uh) a state in northern Mexico
Taco (tah-koh) a tortilla folded over and filled
Tomatillo (toh-muh-tee-oh) a fruit covered with papery husks very similar to green tomatoes
Tortilla (tor-tee-ya) thin, flat Mexican & Centro American pancake-type bread
Tostones (toes-tone-es) green plantain, sliced, fried and flatten to medallions, usually served with a dip or sauce
Tres leches (trays lay’-chayes) three milks (cake)
Veracruz (ver-uh-krooz) a state in the golf of Mexico

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Sources: spanishdict.com& dictionary.com