Mexican cuisine is popular worldwide. You will find Mexican restaurants in Europe, the USA, the UK, and Gulf nations as well as in Africa continent and Asia.

These dishes have a deep rich flavor and simple preparation methods. Tacos and the fillings are also now available in a ready and easy-to-make form in packets in stores.

Aguachiles is a traditional Mexican dish that one may not be aware of. But it has great taste and health benefits. More on it is below.

Aguachiles: less heard of Mexican food dish

You might have relished Mexican cuisine. You might also have heard of tacos, pesto, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, tortillas, fajitas, and more. But you might not have heard of agua chiles. What does this term imply?

Aguachiles (Source: Serious eats)

Aguachiles is a Spanish word. Agua means water and chiles means chili or pepper. Therefore, it implies water chile.

This is a food delicacy made with shrimp that are added to a liquid seasoning consisting of cut onions pieces, chili peppers, lime juice, salt, cilantro, and cucumber slices.

It is an ancient Mexican dish that originated in the Sinaloa of Northern Mexico.

Recipe of this food dish

First, gather the following ingredients for preparing the food dish.

They are shrimp 900 grams, onions 200 grams, garlic cloves 1, avocado 2, tomatillos 2, lime 4, cucumber 1, spring coriander 1, serrano chili peppers 4, jalapeno chili peppers 2, habanero chili pepper 1, black pepper little amount, tostadas some, and table salt as per taste.

Raw shrimp are used in this dish. Frozen ones of the best quality would suffice. Clean them well with water. Peel them. Slice and clean inside too. Rinse again.

Aguachiles (Source: Chili pepper madness)

Place them in a bowl. Add table salt as per taste. Add lime juice. Keep aside in the fridge for two hours. Peel and cut the other ingredients. Blend to make a marinade. Add to the shrimp and keep another two hours at cold temperatures.

Slice the onions and cucumbers. Add to the bowl containing shrimp. Add salt as per taste. Your fish is ready to serve.

Health benefits

Cucumbers in this dish have low calories but a lot of other useful nutrients. 300 g of the vegetable has 45 calories and hoards of vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, magnesium, and potassium.

And the main ingredient, is shrimps are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These are good fats that protect the heart, and brain and prevent cancer and blood clots.

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The chili peppers are full of capsaicin and also vitamin C. They add flavor to food. And can assist in weight loss by suppressing appetite. Lime aids in the digestive process.

They contain substances that stimulate the secretion of juices in the stomach and intestine. The onions in this food dish have antioxidants. If you add red onions, these have anthocyanins.

These have a role in cancer prevention and keeping a check on heart disease and diabetes. These reduce the risk of heart disease in men and women by 14 and 32 % respectively.