Red Kidney Beans (Chili Beans) - Richly-colored
kidney beans which are particularly popular in Mexican dishes. They must be
boiled hard at the beginning of cooking to destroy any toxic elements.
Kidney Beans - Are sweet tasting. Used
extensively in Mexican cooking and as a bulking agent for minced dishes.
They are available canned or dried.
Nopalitos - chunks of an edible cactus -
are used as a vegetable in Mexico, and are the basics of several salads,
soups and bakes. Tomatilos (Mexican green tomatoes) are not to be
confused with ordinary green unripe tomatoes. Look for them, canned, in
specialty markets and food shops.