Eric Rubin’s Journal: Appetizers in Mexico

Like most, I always thought guacamole would be the favored appetizer in Mexico.  What I found out is that in Mexico guacamole is a condiment, not really an appetizer at all.  What is the most popular appetizer in Mexico?  Well, in Jalisco at least it’s beautiful and simple; sliced cucumbers, drenched in fresh-squeezed lime juice then sprinkled with sea salt and chile de arbol.   It goes great with a shot of Tequila with sangrita on the side.  Note that in the U.S. the best cucumbers to use are Persian cucumbers, almost always available at Hispanic markets and Trader Jose’s.