Mexican cuisine is known for its vibrant flavors and the use of unique ingredients. One staple ingredient in Mexican cooking is tomatoes, which are traditionally roasted on a griddle until dark brown and blistered. This technique, used with other ingredients like chilies, onions, and garlic, adds a distinct smokiness and flavor to Mexican dishes. Blistered tomatoes are a key component of Mexican salsas and tomato-based stews. While ovens are not commonly used in Mexican households, a pancake griddle or cast iron skillet can be a suitable substitute for cooking tomatoes.