Kitchen & Cooking

Essential Ingredients for Authentic Mexican Cooking

Chef Rick Bayless spills the beans on his secret ingredients.

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Rick Bayless isn't just a world-renowned celebrity chef. He's also a scholar of Mexican food who spent years studying the country's traditional and contemporary cuisines.

There are just a few simple ingredients that can unlock the key to traditional recipes.

Bayless' restaurants, which include Chicago's Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, are celebrated for menus that show the utmost respect for Mexico's culinary traditions. That's why we wanted to ask him about the essential ingredients that are necessary for making real Mexican food at home.

As it turns out, there are just a few simple ingredients that can unlock the key to traditional recipes—and most of them are readily available.

Watch our full interview with Bayless to find out what other essentials will have you cooking authentic Mexican cuisine in no time.