The fascination with chilies has lasted well over 9 thousand years!
What is it about chilies that produce this level of devotion? Frankly, it’s the impact that chilies have on us when we eat them. Each of our reactions depend on which of the over 3000 varieties we happen to consume at any given time. Certainly though, the quality of Mexican chilies has given rise to an entire national cuisine and culture.
From the pre-Colombian era the chili has been used to add flavor and taste to fruits and vegetables. TAJÍN honors this ancestral heritage by using an exquisite combination of 100% Mexican chilies of the highest quality. Our chilies are carefully harvested with maximum attention given to hygiene and health during the crucial drying and grinding process to insure the best possible result no matter what culinary masterpiece is underway!
The history of the chili is long, picturesque and somewhat disputed… there are those who say the chili’s origins are in South America without establishing where on the continent. Others assure us that their distinguished origin in in North America and specifically in Mexico. We endorse this last theory; not only based on the national pride Mexicans naturally feel toward a good chili, but because there is sufficient evidence to support that argument. Among other things is the fact the name “chili” comes from the Nahuatl language and at the time of the Spanish invasion the cultivation and trading in a large variety of chilies was very common.
Debo's Tajin Beer Battered Fried Shrimp
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30 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup wheat flour
4 tablespoons tajin seasoning
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 (12 oz) bottle beer, use your favorite beer
vegetable oil, for frying
Heat oil to 350.
In a large bowl, combine flour, tajin seasoning, pepper and beer, whisk together well. Dip shrimp into batter, making sure shrimp coated well.
Fry shrimp in batches. Fry shrimp 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Remove shrimp from oil with a slotted spoon and place on paper tower lined dish, to drain. Enjoy!
Note: Tajin seasoning contains, chilies peppers, lime and salt.
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