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The use of the avocado can be widely seen throughout many different types of cuisines – including, not surprisingly, authentic Mexican recipes! Many fans of Mexican dishes love the taste of guacamole, or slices of avocado on top of salads or ceviche – but did you know that in addition to being delicious, avocados contain a lot of health benefits? All the more reason to visit Benito’s to get your next avocado fix!

Where Do Avocados Come From?

Avocados are grown on trees, originally thought to be found in South Central Mexico (specifically, the Tehuacan Valley) but now grown and cultivated across the world. Despite that, Mexico still supplies about 45% of the avocado market internationally! Interestingly, the avocado is actually classified as a berry, as it has a single seed (or pit) in the middle.

How Do You Keep an Avocado Fresh?

For the avocado aficionados who need their fix at home in addition to their favorite dish at Benito’s, you may be wondering whether to keep them in the refrigerator or on the counter. Once an avocado is cut, it is difficult to keep it from browning, as it oxidizes once exposed to air – however, you can scrape off the top layer to expose a fresh green layer underneath if it hasn’t been too long. Here are some other tips to maximize the amount of time you can keep your avocados good:

– Store avocados whole in the refrigerator – it can stay fresh for up to 2 weeks

– If you’re not going to use the whole avocado, first use the half that does not contain the pit, as keeping the pit with the leftovers helps keep it fresh for longer

– Store cut or scooped avocado in an airtight container or bag

– You can rub lemon juice or olive oil on top of the unused avocado half to slow down the oxidation process.

What Nutrients Are Found in the Avocado?

Avocados contain an abundance of nutrients, even in a single serving. So not only are they delicious, but very healthy to include in a variety of your meals! Vitamins like Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate, Vitamin B5 & B6, and Vitamin E make up the nutrients that contain the most daily value percentage from a single 3.5oz serving.

Not only is avocado a great source of potassium, it even beats out the banana! Potassium is an electrolyte that many people are lacking in their diet, so it’s a great addition to your diet. 

Avocados are also a great source of fiber, which is a crucial part of the following:

– Digestive functions

– Heart functions

– Blood Sugar Control

– Weight Management

– And more!

Avocados are a great way to receive a good amount of your daily nutrients in a delicious way. What’s your favorite Benito’s menu item that contains avocados?

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Benito’s Mexican Restaurant in Fort Worth, TX, is well-known for its “comida casera” (homestyle cooking) – the type of food that separates itself as authentic Mexican cuisine over Tex-Mex foods. So for first-timers, it might be difficult to know what to get, or what to try next if this isn’t your first time visiting us! While you can’t go wrong with any food on our menu (especially our ‘comida corrida’ – our long-term specials), getting a recommendation or two never hurt!

See what some of our guests say about their favorite foods they’ve tried at Benito’s:

Our traditional Mexican food spans all the delicious classics you know well – our enchiladas are a fan favorite for a reason. But for those looking to expand their horizons, explore some of our more ethnic offerings:

Tamales Oaxaqueños – “An Incredible Meal”

If you’d like to try something different, try the tamal oaxaqueño, a gigantic shredded chicken tamale cooked in a banana leaf with rich, tasty mole sauce. I also enjoyed their house salsa, which was unlike any I’ve had – mild, just a little sweet, and an easy way to make a basket of chips disappear. Really good food here and excellent hospitality.

  • Chris J.

Have you tried our mole yet? Mole has a history almost as rich as the flavor – and we love using the delicious sauce on a variety of our entrées. You can read more about Mexican mole here.  Don’t forget to try our Chicken & Mole with rice dish:

Chicken & Mole – “The Best!”

Delicious!!!! The guacamole was the BEST I have ever had! I am a fan of Mole – the waiter and hostess recommended the Chicken Mole with rice, beans, & tortilla soup. This could have been the best Mexican meal I’ve eaten.

  • Autumn T.

Not only is our mole top-notch, but so are our prices – we offer affordable meas for both lunch and dinnertime. Our fresh-chopped pico de gallo continuously gets praise, as well!

Flautas – “Great Food!”

Great flautas! The mole verda makes the dish. Great pico also. Warning, it has serious kick! Also very reasonable prices. Most dishes under $10.00!

On top of being an authentic Mexican restaurant, we only use the freshest ingredients around. How else can we ensure our guests will enjoy their meal to the fullest? One of our dishes that best showcases our commitment to fresh food is our ceviche:

Ceviche – “Outstanding & Traditional!”

We had heard that Benito’s had been around “forever” but we had never eaten there. Well, it was worth the wait! I had the Ceviche – it was some of the best I’ve ever eaten. Huge portions of high-quality ingredients. Will be back for sure!

  • Nancy L.

Hungry yet? Visit Benito’s Mexican Restaurant today to find your new favorite Mexican dish or to indulge in your tried-and-true Benito’s bite you love so much!

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Have you introduced your kids to Mexican food?

If you haven’t, now is the time!

It’s always a good idea to introduce your kids to international food so they can appreciate the different flavors of different cultural cuisines. This being the first experience for your kids, you’ll want nothing but the best.  And that’s exactly what you get at Benito’s Mexican Restaurant.

Our authentic kid-friendly Mexican dishes are prepared with years of tradition and high-quality ingredients, and our restaurant has a kid-friendly environment to keep your little ones entertained.

Before you pay us a visit, find out what’s on our dinner menu for your little ones below.

Top 3 Kid-Friendly Dishes at Benito’s

Here are some of our top offerings that your kids will enjoy:

1. Chicken Fajitas

The beauty of Chicken Fajitas is the interactive nature of filling and wrapping them up. It’s an experience your kids will love, especially if they enjoy making their own food.

We serve our Fajitas with guacamole, which has an endless list of avocado health benefits. You can also order it with an enticing bowl of salsa, which we make using onions and raw tomatoes.  The mixture may include chili peppers to make things a little bit spicy.

Chicken fajitas are a good source of protein when taken in moderation. Other popular Fajitas servings include Fajitas De Res O De Pollo and Fajitas Camarones with grilled shrimp, frijoles, churros.

2. Beef Tacos

Benito’s Mexican Restaurant’s chefs are experts at making tasteful, balanced kid’s foods, and the beef taco is no exception. Our tacos are made with lean proteins, whole grains, and lots of vegetables. If you’re having trouble getting your kids to eat more vegetables, our beef taco is a fun way to do it.

We have delicious and not-too-spicy beef tacos on the kid’s menu, and they all come with rice and beans as part of the combo.

For a flavorful taste in each plate, we sauté ground beef with onions, peppers, and other taco spices. To complete the combo, we add a blend of rice, beans, and shredded lettuce. With these on their plate, your kids have all the ingredients they need to make their own tacos and enjoy the whole dining experience.

The beef taco can be served with a corn or flour tortilla. Corn is low on calories, and generally more filling compared to flour tortillas. The crisper the tortillas, the more the flavor.  

A great taco isn’t complete without the right toppings. At Benito’s Mexican Restaurant, there are several options for your kids to choose from. Our toppings consist of beef fillings and different types of vegetables, including lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, cheese, sour cream, and of course, guacamole.

For the adults, you can also order pork tacos, chicken tacos, and Mexican-style tacos.

3. Enchilada Con Carne

Enchilada con Carne is a great option for kids who love cheese, and Benito’s Mexican Restaurant’s Enchilada con Carne is all about that ooey-gooey cheese and flavored red chili. We cover our cheese enchiladas with flavorful red chili beef sauce and top them with fresh white onions.

The sauce is made with a range of ingredients, including dark chili powder, ground beef, cumin, and a tad of cornstarch to thicken the mixture.

An Authentic Mexican enchilada calls for corn tortillas, which is great for those who want a gluten-free treat. We soften the corn tortillas with warmed oil for extra pliability. This way, the tortillas don’t break, keeping all the delicious meat, cheese and sauce inside the enchilada.

Other tasty offering that adults, or extra hungry and adventurous kids, may also want to consider include: Spinach Enchiladas (with chicken and green mole), Enchiladas Suizas (with chicken, Suiza sauce and sour cream), Enchiladas con Mole Rojo (with chicken and red mole), and Enchiladas con Mole Verde (with chicken and green mole).

Benito’s – The Best Place for Kid-Friendly Mexican Dishes in Fort Worth

If you’ve been looking for a kid-friendly Mexican restaurant in Fort Worth, look no further than Benito’s Mexican Restaurant. We have been serving authentic Mexican food in Fort Worth for over 38 years now.

Not only do we have kid-friendly Mexican dishes, but also flavorful foods for the whole family. If you prefer to dine from the comfort of your home, we do takeout. You can also carry your hot, delicious Mexican dishes to one of the serene picnic spots near Benito’s.

And, if you happen to visit us between 3 pm and 6 pm, you get to enjoy $1 off all apps/drinks courtesy of our happy hour special. What are you waiting for? Pay us a visit today!

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If you are looking to find authentic Mexican Mole – as well as the best Mexican food in Fort Worth – then we kindly encourage you to visit Benito’s Restaurant.

The authentic Mexican (not Tex-Mex) menu includes several kinds of authentic Mexican mole, including Mole Poblano and Mole Verde. Benito’s also offers a wide variety of authentic Mexican appetizers, beers, and desserts – providing true Mexican taste that is sure to delight and add a little heat to your life.

Sadly, there are many people who have never tasted the famous Mexican sauce, mole. Some don’t even know what mole is… let’s fix this!

What Exactly is Mole Sauce?

Mole sauce is the taste of Mexico, a time-honored sauce that is used in many traditional and authentic Mexican dishes. Mole recipes are a great point of pride in Mexico, and many families pass their recipes on from generation to generation like treasured family heirlooms.

Authentic mole sauce generally comes in two varieties: Mole Poblano, a deep red or brown sauce often poured over meat dishes such as Carne Asada or Pollo (chicken), and Mole Verde, or green mole.

Mole Verde features pumpkin seeds and green chili peppers, which give the sauce its distinctive color. Mole Verde recipes vary greatly depending on their region of origin, but a good Mole Verde sauce could include chili poblano, green tomatoes, garlic, onion, cilantro, celery, and radish leaves.

Meanwhile, Mole Poblano – a bit more commonly served in the United States – is also a bit spicy, with a base of chili pepper, usually one or more fruits, and an array of Mexican spices. Again, each recipe can vary quite a bit based on where the recipe originated from.

Both varieties of fantastic mole are available on a number of dishes at Benito’s Mexican Restaurant. You can check out our full Dinner Menu, and decide which kind looks (and of course tastes) best for yourself. You may have to try them all, just to be sure!

The History of Mole – How Did Mole Become So Popular?

Mole is largely considered to be the national dish of Mexico, and is prevalent throughout the different regions of the country.

The sauce has great historical context, as stories and the history of mole have been passed down for generations.

Mole is intended to symbolize and celebrate Mexico’s blend of Aztec and European cultures following the Spanish conquest. This is why most mole recipes feature 20 or more ingredients, and why recipes change so much from region to region.

One legend comes from Puebla, Mexico, with origins stemming from a convent in Santa Rosa. A cadre of nuns prepared for the visit of the archbishop, cobbling together what they could from local spices, chili peppers, nuts, and breads. They even added a bit of chocolate to the sauce in anticipation of the archbishop’s visit.

The archbishop loved the sauce, and after the meal asked for the name of the dish. One of the nuns stated that she “made a mole”. This was the Spanish way of saying molli, which is Aztec for “sauce” or “mix”.

This event is said to mark the first creation of an international dish in North America, which is why Mexicans hold mole sauce with such esteem and reverence.

Meanwhile, two states of Mexico each claim to be the source of mole: Puebla, as mentioned above, and Oaxaca. And, truth be told, both states hold very legitimate claims.

Today, authentic Mexican mole can be found throughout the world, and it is available at choice restaurants. At Benito’s Restaurant, you can come in for authentic Mexican mole, the best Mexican food in Fort Worth, and perhaps the best authentic Mexican food north of the border.

What Does Mole Taste Like?

Mole Verde tends to be a bit spicier, as the main ingredient is often green Mexican chilis. Other ingredients can include a bit of cayenne, onion, or garlic – it changes from chef to chef.

Meanwhile, Mole Poblano has a contrasting taste, as the bittersweet hints of chocolate or cocoa offset the spicy tones that the peppers provide.

The common thread between all types of mole is that the sauces use chili peppers as their base ingredient. Some of the Mexican chilis that can be found in mole sauce include ancho, chipotle, mulato, and pasilla peppers.

Chefs and sauce makers then begin to add their own blend of spices, which can include anise, clove, cumin, black pepper, garlic, and sometimes different dried fruits. The blends also almost include special Mexican spices such as achiote and herbs such as hoja santa.

Both types of authentic Mexican Mole are available at Benito’s Mexican Restaurant. Benito’s makes the most authentic mole in Fort Worth. Come try them for yourself, and experience the true taste of Mexico.

Where to Find Authentic Mexican Mole

Benito’s Mexican Restaurant features Mole poblano and Mole Verde on our menu, and we gently encourage people who have never tried mole to select one of our authentic Mexican dishes that feature the sauce.

Mole is the true taste of Mexico, and Benito’s humbly believes that we offer the best Mexican food in Fort Worth. If you haven’t experienced mole, we suggest you stop in and give our authentic sauce a try.

Where to Find Benito’s Mexican Restaurant

Benito’s has been proudly serving their loyal customer base since 1981, and operates in the Fairmont area in Fort Worth’s hospital district.

We are located right on Magnolia Avenue, open 11AM-9PM Monday through Thursday and open late until 2AM on Friday and Saturday nights.

The best Mexican food in Fort Worth can be found at Benito’s Restaurant, as we feature a delicious, authentic menu of real Mexican entrees, appetizers, desserts, and Mexican beer.

Stop in today to try our full selection of mole sauces. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (817) 332-8633. You can also contact us online with any additional questions.

Lastly, follow the Benito’s Restaurant blog to keep up-to-date on the latest specials, area news, and new menu items.

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Though Tex-Mex is delicious in its own right, there’s just something about authentic Mexican food which satisfies the soul.

However, it can be difficult to determine which restaurants are serving up the real deal and which ones are taking their inspiration from common North American ingredients.

It turns out that many of the Mexican dishes, which diners know and love, have roots in places quite far from Mexico.

Luckily, savvy eaters can determine whether or not their food really does come from South of the border by examining a few major differences in ingredients. Benito’s Mexican

4 Key Ingredient Differences in Authentic Mexican Food vs. Tex-Mex

Though the cuisine of Mexico varies greatly by region, there are still some aspects which make it stand apart from the Northern-infused fare of many American Mexican restaurants.

Finding authentic Mexican cuisine in Fort Worth can be a challenge (psst – Benito’s is 100% authentic!). However, knowing the key differences between traditional fare and Tex-Mex certainly helps.

1. Northern Spices vs. Southern Spices

It turns out that there’s an imposter hiding among the spices which adorn many a plate of chili con carne. The culprit is cumin, which isn’t native to Mexico at all. Cumin became popular North of the Mexican border in the United States only after being imported from India.

Its distinct and exotic taste quickly became all the rage in the States, but Mexico was more hesitant to adopt the spice. It does not appear in traditional recipes. After all, Mexican food has its own traditional spices, and they pack a mean flavor punch. Oregano, epazote, cacao, cilantro, and chili peppers characterize the rich flavors of authentic Mexican food.

2. White Cheese vs. Yellow Cheese

While most Tex-Mex dishes feature at least a little sprinkling of yellow cheese, this ingredient is not found in traditional recipes. Instead, dishes call for white cheese. In fact, most of the cheese in Mexico is white and includes such staples as queso fresco and queso cotija, among others.

If the cheese in the taco is yellow, it’s safe to assume that it’s a Tex-Mex taco. That also goes for that bowl of delicious gooey yellowness served in nearly every Mexican restaurant.

It may come as a surprise, but the popular yellow queso so beloved by so many Americans (and ordered in many a Fort Worth Mexican restaurant) is not Mexican in nature at all. Unless that cheese is white, consider it completely Tex-Mex. Check out our Benito’s Menu to see what color our queso is!

3. Wheat Flour vs. Corn Flour

The great starch debate sparks much controversy. Many people believe that flour tortillas are mainly used in Tex-Mex, and corn tortillas are more authentic. But the truth is a bit more complicated than that.

It’s a fact that authentic Mexican cuisine calls for corn tortillas in a big way. That’s because corn is a staple of the Mexican diet, and has been for thousands of years. There’s even evidence of the Aztecs using corn flour to make tortillas in 10,000 BC.

Eating true enchiladas means eating smaller corn tortillas which are packed with flavor, and can withstand all the handling which goes into creating them.

However, that doesn’t mean flour tortillas are inherently Tex-Mex. Mexicans themselves consume 7.8 million tons of wheat flour per year, 10 percent of which goes into making flour tortillas.

It also doesn’t mean that corn tortillas are 100 percent Mexican. Americans have a habit of stuffing ground beef (also a rarity in traditional Mexican cooking) into hard corn taco shells, which is definitely not done in Mexico.

4. Sweet Corn vs. Mexican-Style Corn

In many Tex-Mex dishes, you’ll find sweet corn kernels. In salads, on top of tacos, even in the pico de gallo. But in Mexico, corn isn’t used like that. Authentic Mexican cooking does not call for sweet corn kernels.

It’s either ground up into a flour or meal and used for cooking, or it’s served on the cob. Traditional Mexican street corn, called elote, is char-grilled and slathered in mayonnaise and cotija cheese before being served.

Try Tasty Alternatives at Benito’s – Your Authentic Fort Worth Mexican Restaurant

It’s not as if these two cuisines have nothing in common. Try authentic alternatives to popular Tex-Mex treats. For example, try and order Queso Flameado (found on Benito’s Menu) instead of creamy yellow queso dip.

If you’re craving a burrito, order tacos with flour tortillas instead. Flour tortillas get a bad rap, but they are traditional Mexican food — and quite delicious to boot.

Finding a Fort Worth authentic Mexican restaurant with all the right ingredients has never been easier, thanks to Benito’s. Diners who have familiarized themselves with all the staples of authenticity can rest easy, knowing they won’t have to compromise on flavor or satisfaction.

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When you’re hungry for traditional Mexican food from recipes handed down through generations, you want an authentic Mexican restaurant.

There are 54,000 Mexican restaurants in the United States, but not all of them serve authentic food.

To spare your taste buds – and your wallet – from the task of weeding the bad from the good, we’ve rounded up ten of the best authentic Mexican restaurants in the U.S.

From tortillas to tacos, enchiladas, beans, rice, and more, our tour will give you a mouthwatering glimpse into America’s real, authentic Mexican food.

From Coast to Coast – The Most Authentic Mexican Restaurants in America

Each of these restaurants is notable for the quality, flavor, and traditional Mexican style of their food.

  1. El Cholo – Los Angeles, CA

El Cholo got its humble beginnings in 1923, making it one of Southern California’s most enduring Mexican restaurants.

The food is hearty and traditional, with seasonal menu items – like green corn tamales – taking pride of place.

  1. La Carta de Oaxaca – Seattle, WA

The first Oaxacan restaurant in Seattle, La Carta is a popular place for customers seeking traditional and unusual mole. And since Oaxaca is considered Mexico’s “birthplace of mole,” this should be no surprise.

Their mole negro remains a crowd pleaser – it’s available with pork or chicken as a plated dish, or in tamales.

  1. Rio Grande Café – Salt Lake City, UT

Tucked inside a railroad station built in 1910, this café has a local cult following for its incredibly cheesy enchiladas and large portions.

In fact, their enchiladas with blue corn tortillas stuffed full of savory beef and melted cheese are a not-to-be-missed menu selection.

  1. Taqueria Lupita’s – Detroit, MI

Lupita’s is well known locally as the “House of the Original Mexican Taco,” and they take their tacos very seriously.

Choose from a menu packed full of traditional Mexican favorites served with piquant sauces and warm-from-the-oven chips, Lupita’s is the perfect place for a quick Mexican bite.

  1. El Centro – Boston, MA

The chef in this authentic-style Mexican restaurant is Sonoran, so he knows his carne asada.

Allen Rodriguez, chef and owner, prepares this tender beef dish with care – adding accompaniments like roasted tomato salsa to add flair and flavor.

  1. El Sol Restaurante – Washington, D.C.

Brother and sister chefs Alfredo and Jessica Solis take you back to old Mexico City – and their own childhoods – with homemade tortillas and no-frills traditional cooking.

Their queso fundido is a sight to behold – and taste – with the perfect mix of sweet and spicy flavors showcased by deliciously gooey melted cheese.

  1. Salud Mexican Restaurant – Camden, SC

With ten varieties of tacos to choose from featuring traditional meats, fresh seafood, and hot tortillas, Salud offers the quintessential Mexican experience in a vibrant, lounge atmosphere.

People come as much for the tequila as the food, as Salud is home to over 100 tequilas – including top-shelf, mid-range, and even rare brands.

  1. Mi Rinconcito Mexicano – Miami, FL

Mi Rinconcito knows that, just like in Mexico, the real reason to eat out is to enjoy food with family and friends.

Tacos are served with hot corn tortillas snugged around spicy tongue, chorizo, savory pork, or ground beef or chicken.

Of course, you can experience home-cooked pozole, cooling horchata, and sopes and flautas if tacos aren’t your thing.

  1. The Shed – Santa Fe, NM

In operation by the same family since 1953, the Shed is a Santa Fe staple of authentic Mexican fare.

Take a seat at the gorgeous outdoor eating area and enjoy the red chili enchiladas, renowned far and wide for their traditional taste.

  1. Benitos Mexican Restaurant – Fort Worth, TX

Located on the popular, vibrant Magnolia Avenue area of Fort Worth, Benitos is a cherished local gem.

Priding ourselves on traditional Mexican food, Benitos serves locals and visitors some of the most authentic Mexican food in Texas – no small feat, when you consider the state has the largest share of Mexican restaurants in the country.

Customer favorites include the chille rellenos (names Fort Worth’s best, by the way), tamale oaxaquen, and enchiladas.

Anywhere You Travel, Authentic Mexican Food is Nearby

Wherever you go in the United States, you can be sure to find delicious, authentic Mexican food on the menu at one of these outstanding Mexican restaurants.

From California to Boston and Michigan to Texas, we’ve rounded up all our favorites to make choosing the best from thousands of restaurants simple – and tasty.

The next time find yourself in any of these destinations – and hungry – stop in at one of our list-makers’ establishments and treat yourself to a traditional plate of authentic Mexican fare.

Benito’s is the perfect way to end a day of sightseeing in Fort Worth. Close to many of the most popular attractions in the city, it’s a delicious way to rest your feet and feed your hunger.

Come on down to 450 West Magnolia, Fort Worth, TX 76104 or call (817) 332-8633 for great takeout to enjoy in the gorgeous Texas sunshine.

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There is a certain type of hunger that can only be satisfied by eating Mexican food.

Across the world, there are authentic Mexican restaurants that have taken some of Mexican culture’s most famous dishes and ingredients and cooked their ways into customers’ stomachs and hearts.

One thing that can be intimidating when going to eat is trying to choose from the variety of options available, only to choose something familiar.

Benito’s Mexican Restaurant is happy to be an example of this. We pride ourselves on serving up fresh and authentic Mexican food. To give you some insider tips for your next Mexican restaurant visit, we’ve compiled a quick guide to Mexican beans & bean dishes.

Despite what it can seem like, not all beans are created equally.

This especially holds true to Mexican beans, as there are many types and ways or preparing them, which all can change the type of meal you have.

With these few tips, you’ll be an honorary Mexican food expert in no time.

Black Beans

Black beans or frijoles negros are a healthy bean used in a variety of Hispanic and Latino dishes around the world. These are literally ‘black, and are typically seasoned with ingredients like salt, onions, garlic, oregano and more. Black beans are also known for health benefits such as being loaded fiber, which can help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

All our salads come with black beans, Monterey jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and avocado slices. You can also find them served alongside dishes such as our Blackened Tilapia Tacos and Ceviche Tucateco.

Pinto Beans

This bean has no relation to the car.

Pinto beans are one of the most common types of beans and considered to be one of the most popular for northwestern Mexico and the United States. In fact, its scientific name, Phaseolus vulgaris, literally means “common bean.”

Like most beans, pinto beans are also loaded with health benefits. They’re low in saturated fat and provide good sources of protein and dietary fiber. Pintos can be served fresh or from a can for a variety of dishes and are often prepared in a mashed and refried form.

If you’ve ever had a burrito, you’ve most likely had the chance to eat pinto beans. At Benito’s, you can find them in dishes like our Huevos Rancheros Special or simply a la carte.

Frijoles Charros

These beans are the best in the wild west.

Frijoles Charros literally translate to “cowboy beans” because they take their name from traditional Mexican cowboys. Our old friend the pinto bean plays the important role of being the dish’s bean of choice, while its preparation is what gives it the charro touch.

Typically, pinto beans are stewed with onion, garlic, and bacon. You can find many versions of these beans often with added meats like sausage, pork, and chorizo to make it into a more filling dish. This dish is usually served warm as a soup or stew and is incredibly popular in Mexican restaurants. We suggest trying it with our Cordorniz a la Mexicana, which comes with Mexican style quail and rice.

Refried Beans

Refried beans are another very common form of beans, which you’ve most likely come across in your Mexican food journey.

Also known as frijoles refritos, this dish is traditional mainstay in both authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex foods. Despite being called refried, “refritos” actually means “well fried,” which is in reference to their preparation of being fried. Our old friend the pinto bean is one of the most common beans used in refried beans, although others can be used as well.

Refried beans are used very often as side dish to entrees for any time of day. Our Chuletas de Puerco features a grilled pork chop, two eggs sunny side up, fried potatoes, and refried beans for breakfast. Our dinner menu features dishes like the Milanesa made with pan fried steak, fried potatoes, and of course, frijoles refritos.

These are just some of varieties of beans which play large roles in Mexican food.

Being an authentic Mexican food restaurant, we at Benito’s are no strangers to using beans in our dishes.

Mexican food is an experience, and we encourage you to explore all the authentic dishes. Your stomach will thank you later.

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At Benito’s Mexican restaurant, we ‘re pretty positive that no meal is complete without dessert.

Sure, we’re famous for the authentic Mexican food featured in our entrees, as well our as irresistible margaritas. But, we know that a sweet, indulgent dessert needs to also be on the menu!

Thus, we perfected our own version of the famous Mexican flan, which often leaves people wanting seconds (or a box to take home).

In fact, some of our customers stop by solely for this dessert!

Not sure what flan is or where it comes from? We’ll give you a brief overview of the Mexican dessert, focusing on its history as well as its integration into modern Mexican menus.

What is Flan?

The word flan stems from the Old High German word for “flat cake”, which describes it perfectly. The ingredients of flan are very simple, though many modern variations have been created. Traditionally, flan consists simply of eggs, dairy, and sugar, making it a custard.

Some combination of whole eggs, egg yolks, and egg whites are usually used.

As for dairy, usually cream or milk is used, though some recipes call for a combination of both. As for the sugar, which is arguably the most important component, caramelized sugar is used to create a mold that houses the egg and dairy mixture when it is cooked.

After cooking the mixture with it covered, the dish is allowed to cool and solidify. Finally, the flan is removed from the sugary mold by flipping it on a plate. This allows the caramelized sugar to form the top layer of the dish.

Mexican flan is specifically known for using whole milk, eggs and egg yolk, vanilla bean seeds, a pinch of salt, and of course, sugar.

It’s important to note that there are a number of ways to make flan, but the essential ingredients are eggs, dairy, and sugar. Even further, while flan is usually cooked in the oven by submerging the mold in a bath of water, some methods involve cooking it on the stovetop, though this takes much longer.

Where Does Flan Come From?

The concept for flan originated in Ancient Rome where eggs and milk were cooked together and often topped with something sweet like honey. Eventually, the concept spread to Spain, where the idea of cooking the mixture in a caramelized sugar mold became popular.

Many eastern European countries have added a number of flavorings over the years, like almond and citrus.

Mexican Flan

When flan first was introduced to Mexico, ovens were still rare, and it was often cooked using the stovetop method. Even though this method is considered time-consuming, it greatly influenced the development of a distinct, Mexican variety of flan. The most notable component of this Mexican food is its vanilla flavoring.

Many modern Mexican recipes will include cinnamon in the mixture and will top the dish will local fruit like mangoes, papayas, and watermelon.

Really, the variations are endless.

The most important element is to combine eggs and dairy with something sweet.

Many Mexicans like to pair flan with an after-dinner drink like wine or margaritas. Even though it is most popularly eaten as a dessert, many Mexicans eat flan any time of day, most notably as part of comida corrida, which is a late afternoon meal that consists of a number of small plates.

Furthermore, because flan is often cooled before eating, it’s usually made earlier in the day in anticipation for later indulgence. As such, it’s a staple in many preparations that are focused on celebrations and special events and is often the springboard for family bonding.

Our Final Thoughts on Flan

To end this discussion of flan, we will offer a famous Mexican recipe that integrates cacao, which can be locally sourced in Mexico. To make this chocolate flan, we use the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup of cream cheese
  • 1/4 pound of cacao nibs
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

After heating the milk and letting it cook, we blend all these ingredients together before pouring the mixture into a mold lined with caramelized sugar. Then we bake it covered for about an hour and half. Finally, we cool it overnight in the refrigerator and serve it the next day, always topping it with fresh mangoes, raspberries, and blackberries.

Ultimately, no Mexican restaurant is complete without offering flan, which is usually considered one of the most famous Mexican foods even though it originated in Europe. This distinction is a testament to how much Mexico has perfected this classic dish, adding their own distinct style to something that developed in the ancient past.

At Benito’s Mexican restaurant, we wish to pay homage to this signature dish, which is why we feature it as one of the 3 options on our dessert menu. We hope you’ll visit us soon and experience its creamy, silky decadence for yourself.

Stop by Benito’s Mexican restaurant for authentic Mexican food today!

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Truly authentic Mexican food is an important feature of the menu at Benito’s Mexican Restaurant. In order to make your experience as genuine as possible, we use many Spanish words that are often used when referring to traditional Mexican food.

In this article, we translate many of these Spanish words for native English speakers. In addition, we give a brief explanation of some of the more popular dishes within each menu section.

Ensalada Menu Section

The Spanish word ensalada means “salad” in English. While traditional salads emphasize vegetables, Mexican salads tend to focus more on the inclusion of beans, cheese, and meat.

All of the salads at Benito’s come with Monterrey Jack cheese, black beans, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and avocado slices. Customers have the option of choosing either shredded or ground beef, a beef or chicken fajita option, and a shrimp or ceviche option.

The term “fajita” stems from the Spanish word faja, which means “strip” in English. Thus, fajitas are strips of meat that are served on a tortilla.

The term “ceviche” is thought to stem from the Latin word cibus, which translates to “food.”It is commonly spelled cebiche in Mexico and usually refers to raw fish that has been cured in citrus juices and topped with chili peppers.

Enchiladas Menu Section

The Spanish word “enchilada” is a variation of the Spanish verb enchillar which means “to season with chili.” It refers to a corn tortilla rolled around a filling and then drizzled with chili pepper sauce.

All of the enchiladas at Benito’s Mexican restaurant come with pico de gallo, which translates to “rooster’s beak.” This is because people initially ate it by pinching pieces of this Mexican food between their thumb and forefinger.

There are several terms in this section of the menu that are in Spanish. We have included translations below.

1. chili con carne – “chili with beef”

2. con mole rojo / verde – “with red / green mole” (a sauce usually containing a fruit, nut, spices, and a chili pepper)

3. enchiladas suizas – “swiss enchiladas” (referring to the extensive use of dairy)

Tacos Menu Section

This section of the menu at Benito’s Mexican restaurant contains many terms that we have translated below.

1. Tacos de carne deshebrada en harina o maiz – “shredded beef tacos in flour or corn (tortilla)”

2. Tacos de picadillo – “minced (meat) tacos”

3. Tacos de barbacoa – “barbecue tacos,” referring to slow cooked meat with strong flavor and high-fat

4. Tacos de pollo – “chicken tacos”

5. Tacos de puerco en salsa verde – “pork tacos in green sauce.” Salsa verde refers to a sauce centered around tomatillos, as well as the traditional onions and chili peppers

Comidas Corridas Menu Section

The term “corridas” translates to “run.” Thus, the term comidas corridas refers to a Mexican, late afternoon meal of small dishes that are usually cheap and quick.

In addition, this section of the menu at Benito’s Mexican restaurant features many Spanish words which we have translated or explain below.

Tamales – stems from ancient Aztec language. It refers to a dish made from dough that has been steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf. Fillings vary.

1. Milanesa – “breaded”

2. Codorniz a la Mexicana – “Mexican quail”

3. Frijoles – “beans” – Charro is a traditional Mexican horseman, so frijoles charros is a dish named after these horsemen.

4. Camarones – “prawns”

5. Tamal Oaxaqueno – Oaxacan tamales, referring to the Oaxaca state of southern Mexico

6. Adobo sauce – a spicy sauce

Pescado Menu Section

Pescado translates to “fish.” Most of the Spanish words in this section, like Veracruzana and Yucateco refer to regions in Mexico, specifically Veracruz and Yucatan.

Guisados Menu Section

Guisados translates to “stew”. We have translated some Spanish words from this section of the menu below.

1. Res – “beef”

2. Calabacitas – zucchini

3. Pechuga de pollo frita – fried chicken breast

4. Higado – liver

Caldos Menu Section

Caldos translates to “broths” while sopa translates to “soup.” Some Spanish words from this section are translated below.

1. Pozole – “hominy,” typically served as a celebratory dish

2. Menudo – a kind of soup made with beef stomach

Desayunos Menu Section

Desayunos translates to “breakfast.” Some Spanish words from this section are translated below.

1. Chuletas de puerco – “pork chops”

2. Huevos rancheros – “rancher’s eggs,” referring to a traditional breakfast served on rural Mexican farms

3. Chorizo – “sausage”

4. Chilaquiles – traditional Mexican dish stemming from Nahuatl word

5. Papas – “potatoes”

6. Migas – “crumbs,” refers to traditional breakfast dish featuring crispy corn tortillas with scrambled eggs

7. Machacado – “shredded”

We hope this article has made the menu at Bonito’s easier to understand. Ultimately, the only way to truly understand these dishes is to come in to our Mexican restaurant and try them yourself. We guarantee that you will leave feeling satisfied, full, and culturally enlightened due to our many Mexican food options.

Come into Benito’s Mexican restaurant for authentic Mexican food today!

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