10 Must Try Foods From Mexico

Spice up your life with some of the finest food from Mexico! Mexican cuisine has come to become one  of the most popular cuisines around the world. The basic staples of Mexican  foods remain to be  corn, pork, chicken, goat, beans, avocados, tomatoes, and chili peppers, along with rice.

Mexican food is very well known for its hotness quotient all around the world and the fun fact here is that Mexicans associate their national identity with chilies and take pride in it. In fact. UNESCO has named Mexican food as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity because of its elaborate cuisine that is often tied to symbolism and festivals.

Mexican food

Street foods

Street food in Mexico is called ‘antojitos’ meaning ‘little cravings’. People in Mexico do not consider it unhealthy to eat street food and therefore street food culture is very strong there. Take a look at some very popular street foods of Mexico.

Tacos

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It is a very popular traditional Mexican dish made with corn or wheat tortilla wrapped around a filling meat, vegetable and cheese. It comes in a lot of variety like the carnitas or barbacoa filled tacos etc.

Quesadillas

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Quesadillas are yummy corn or wheat tortillas filled with cheese or vegetables or any savory filling and then its cooked on a girdle.

Nachos

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These are fried corn tortilla chips covered with a cheese-based sauce  and are generally served as snacks. But they can also be served as a main meal after adding more ingredients to it.

Tamales

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These are pockets of corn dough stuffed with sweet and savory filling like meat, cheese, fruits, vegetables etc and then wrapped in a banana leaf and then steamed. The banana leaf wrap is removed before eating. Tamales are also considered an important festival food in Mexico.

Enchilada

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It is a corn tortilla roll with a filling and covered with chili pepper sauce. The filling may include anything vegetarian or non-vegetarian like cheese, potato, beans, meat or a combination of both.

Burritos

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These are rolls of wheat tortillas filled with meat and refried beans and are rolled in cylindrical shape in contrast to tacos that are generally in a half moon shape.

Festival foods

Cooking in Mexico is considered as a social custom to bring together families and other social relationships. Barbacoa, mixiotes and carnitas are some of the popular foods prepared during festivals and they taste absolutely yum! And we guess this is what helps in bringing families together.

Mole Poblano

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Mole is considered a national dish in Mexico and is prepared generally during festivals and other special occasions.

Chiles en Nogada

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It consists of poblano chilis with the stuffing of picadillo, which is a mixture of shredded meat, aromatics, fruits and spices. It is topped with walnut based cream called nogada and is garnished with pomegranate seeds. It is generally available at restaurants during the Mexican Independence Day because its star ingredients pomegranate and the walnut based sauce are unavailable at any other time of the year, that is around late summer and early fall.

Barbacoa

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It refers to meat, generally whole sheep, head of a cow or goat meat slow-braised to make it moist, juicy and flavorful. It is generally cooked in large quantities and hence a very commonly served meal at festivals and special occasions.

Carnitas

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It is made by braising and cooking pork in oil until it becomes tender. It contains the flavors of spices like cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf. What makes it even more delicious is the addition of lime juice, cilantro, chopped onion and spicy salsa.

Mixiotes

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It’s a pit barbecued meat dish and can also be prepared in oven. The meat used is mutton, rabbit, chicken lamb or pork. It is cubed and then seasoned with pasilla and guajillo chili pepper, cumin, thyme, marjoram, bay leaves, cloves and garlic. For a unique flavor, it is wrapped in the leaves of the century plant.

If spicy food is your cup of tea then do give Mexican cuisine a try. Also, do share your experiences of having spicy food from around the world. We at Mytripkarma would love to hear from you.


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