Tortillas and beans are the staples of Mexican cooking. You can bring the sweet smell of cooked tortillas directly from South of the Border right into your kitchen with our easy step-by-step instructions for Mexican cooking.

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Tortillas are round, thin unleavened breads that are baked on a griddle. Tortillas are most commonly made out of corn or wheat flour.

They are used in Mexican favorites such as
enchiladas, burritos, and tacos.

The most common beans used in Mexican cooking are dried red, pink, pinto, and black beans. Pinto beans are popular Mexican beans because they are pale pink in color with reddish-brown streaks. They are used as the basis for refried beans and are an ingredient in soups and chilies. They are available both dried and canned.

Black beans are also known as turtle beans. Black beans are very important to Mexican cuisine. These small jet-black beans have an earthy, meaty flavor and mealy texture. They are eaten as an accompaniment to Mexican entrees. Black beans can be added to soups, stews, casseroles, and salads. They are available both dried and canned.

Let's take a closer look at how to make homemade flour tortillas on the next page.

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