Thing is, I live in Australia, so I know absolutely nothing about Mexican food. Flavours, spices, techniques, ingredients - it's all a mystery to me, a vast unexplored land of culinary geography. So what are the absolute essentials of Mexican food? Like tumeric and coriander are essential to Indian cuisine, or coconut milk and galangal in Thai food. I know you can't make a chilli without cumin, but would it be sacrilege to put cinnamon in there? And do lentils ever have a place near rice and beans? Let's sort this, boffins!
And what are you favourite super budget recipes that could impress a house of hungry students?
EDIT: Aaah thanks guys you're amazing! Too much deliciousness to handle - next mexican monday is going to go off.