Also called Chinese parsley and fresh coriander, cilantro is an annual herb widely used in Mexican, Asian and Caribbean cooking. Once considered exotic, it’s now sold in most supermarkets and is a popular seasoning. Cilantro has bright green leaves and stems that resemble flat-leaf parsley. Those who enjoy its assertive flavor, which goes well with spicy foods, describe it as having hints of citrus and sage, while others find it soapy tasting. Available year-round, cilantro is also easily grown in the garden, producing seeds that are the spice, coriander. Sprinkle whole or chopped leaves over a variety of dishes for a flavorful garnish.
- Enhance the appearance and flavor of your favorite Mexican dishes—nachos, guacamole, enchiladas, tacos, burritos—by garnishing them with whole or chopped cilantro leaves.
- Add a burst of fresh herbal taste to TACO BELL HOME ORIGINALS Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa by stirring in chopped cilantro.
- Sprinkle chopped cilantro over your favorite stir-fry, satay, jerk chicken, southwest and curry dishes for authentic seasoning.
- Bump up the taste and eye appeal of side dishes, such as vegetable salads and rice, by mixing in a handful of chopped cilantro.
- Give spicy dishes, such as chili, a refreshing dash of cilantro just before serving.
- Blend chopped cilantro into softened butter, then melt over ears of hot cooked corn or other cooked vegetables.
- Substitute fresh cilantro for parsley in any recipe where cilantro’s distinctive flavor is desired.
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