This article originally appeared at The Daily Meal
By Yasmin Fahr, Editor at The Daily Meal

Though it is difficult to summarize a cuisine for a country as vast as Mexico, some of the ingredients that are characteristic of regional Mexican dishes include tomatillos, chiles, garlic, tomatoes, corn, cilantro, and more. Many of the ingredients just mentioned are incorporated into fantastic salsa recipes that can be used to top enchiladas, tacos, or grilled meats or fish. If you're feeling adventurous, try your hand at making these Homemade Corn Tortillas or your own baked tortilla chips (these are less time intensive). The chips are perfect for dipping into salsas or one of these homemade guacamole recipes.

And, as you probably know, Mexico is also known for his tequila and, more recently, mezcal, which are showcased in this imaginative margarita recipe from chef Rick Bayless and in this smoky, spicy, and sweet White Hot Sand cocktail.