What did the Aztecs eat and drink?
What the Aztecs ate is still a large part of the Mexican diet, and now has become a world wide sensation. Did you know that tomatoes, chocolate, and corn weren't found anywhere else in the world before the Europeans came over here in the 1500s? It's true. Aztec food is now integrated into mainstream cooking. Corn was their staple crop, as it was used for so many different things. They would dry and grind it to make flour, which had infinite uses. Aztec food almost always was served with tortillas, which was their bread. They ate beans and squash, as well. Beans still remain a huge part of the Mexican diet, as well. Another Aztec food they gave us was chocolate. Chocolatl was made into a drink by the Aztecs and served after almost every meal. The way they did the hot chocolate was to put chiles and honey in it. Chocolate was their sort of dessert! The Aztecs also made a drink from corn meal, which Mexicans still drink today, and it is delicious. It's called Atole. There are many flavors of it now, but it was either made thinner (it was very thick), to drink or made thicker and eaten with a spoon, like porridge.
Aztec food has had an effect on the world by bringing us the (what we consider now) staples to our diet. There were no cows or chickens in those times, but they ate rabbit, deer, shrimp and fish. They also considered dog and grasshopper a delicacy. Iguana was eaten closer to the marshier lands, as well. All in all, they had a pretty low carb diet!