The Aztecs

By Madison and McKennah

Aztec food was a rich combination of many foods that we take for granted today.

Aztec farming has become most famous because of the brilliant chinampas system that Aztec farmers used. Certainly there were a number of techniques used in the Aztec empire. But with the great city of Tenochtitlan built on swampy but rich ground, the chinampas became key to the food production of the people.

Chinampas weren't the only type of farming that was used. There were crops on the mainland, as well as gardens, both small personal gardens and large experimental gardens. The gardens were a common feature in the homes of the ruling class. The people would also collect naturally growing food, such as algae in the water.

This is how they made the Chinampa.

Aztec Food

Aztec food was a rich combination of many foods that we take for granted today. Maize(corn)was the staple grain of the Aztec empire. Corn could be ground into flour and used to make tortillas (a sort of flat bread, sometimes used to wrap a filling to make tacos), tamales and even drinks. Mexicas ate chillies, beans,squash ,tomatoes, limes, cashews, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peanuts, and of course chocolate. The Mexicas domesticated bees for honey, and turkeys for meat and eggs, also dogs and duck. They hunted and fished as well, and used animals such as deer, rabbits, iguana, fish and shrimp for food. Even insects, such as grasshoppers and worms were harvested. These various types of meat made up only a very minor part of the Aztec food that was eaten.

Maize also known as corn.

These Chilli's were very spicy and they were grown on the farms and many Aztecs enjoyed them.

Aztecs ate peanut and cashews.

Sweet potatoes and potatoes. Sweet potatoes are also known as yam fries.

Tomatoes were grown on the farm. A tomato is actually a fruit.


They hunted bees to get honey.

They used Turkey's for eggs and meat.

Also they ate fish for meat.

Worms and grasshoppers were harvested.


One of the greatest gifts to the world from Mexico is chocolate.

The cocoa bean was highly treasured in the Aztec Empire.
The cocoa beans were used to make a thick chocolate drink, but far different than the hot chocolate we know today. Since they didn't use sugar, the Mexicas added peppers, corn meal and spices. A similar hot drink is still found in Mexico today with corn, known as atole.

These are the main foods the Aztecs ate during its time.

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