Mexican food is knowing as a spicy, hot, fat, etc. But is a fact that our dishes are very delicious and can be prepared without any spicy and get the same flavor and be as delicious as if we include chili.
What happen dear Dixie is that at foreing country people only copy the recipies but they don´t have good (Paladar) to prepare the food, and they transform our dishes.
Example: "Doritos" that´s wrong, Doritos is the name an american company gave to a snake made by "tortilla", that company use to do "Doritos" in an industrial way, with american cheese flavor or some varieties of the original "totopo".
Did you understand? Dorito and Totopo are the same, but the first in industrial, the second is original.
Totopo is made by tortilla, is a little piece of tortilla fry with any flavor and is used as snack, as Doritos. Example you can´t eat Doritos and Guacamole. Blaj Blaj, that would be terrible flavor. Is better Totopos and Guacamole.
Guacamole is only avocado with lemon, salt, Chili (at México). If it is Guacamole Ranch, then add onion and tomato.
In the same way they transform our recipies, they exagerate in the spicy, then the food is terrible for your stomach.
Remember that At Mexico there are too many children and children can´t eat spicy. They get the custum step by step, and there are too much people with Gastritis, then they can´t eat spicy food, but they are mexicans, and they like our food, then the way is not to use hot flavor.
In my next messages I will try to give you some advices to order in mexican restaurans, with any problem of spicy food.
Sorry but now I´m a little busy at office.