4 Mexican Tools To Bring home from Mexico. A comal. (pictured) This flat disc is the Mexican kitchen workhorse — it’ll char your tomatoes or poblano peppers, toast your chiles for salsas, and produce the crispiest, crunchiest quesadillas.
The olla, a tall clay pot, is an essential tool in Mexican kitchens. Glazed on the outside only, these porous cooking vessels add an earthy flavor to long simmered dishes like soups and stews and frijoles de olla (literally, "pot" beans).