I love Mexican food! It is, in my opinion, one of the most delicious cuisines in the world. No offense to other delicious world cuisine, because I loooooooove some of you as well, but today we’re going to put the spotlight on my favorite neighbors to the South.
If you live in a place where Mexican food is commonly eaten, I’m sure you’re familiar with the popular standards: enchiladas, tacos, tamales, burritos, etc. These are among my favorite things to chow down on pretty much any day of the week, but I wanted to delve a little bit deeper into Mexican cuisine today because it is so much more than these (admittedly awesome) dishes. I should also note that a lot of things that are commonly considered “Mexican food” today aren’t actually from Mexico at all…burritos, chimichangas, margaritas, fajitas, taquitos and hard shell tacos were all created outside of Mexico but are, admittedly, heavily inspired by Mexican cuisine. That being said, eat away! I just described a whole lot of deliciousness.
If you’re planning a trip to Mexico or even to a place where Mexican food is readily available (such as my home in Southern California), keep your eye out for some of these awesome dishes and get yourself a real taste of Mexico:
Menudo is a traditional Mexican beef soup made with tripe in a chili pepper broth. It also has lime, onions, cilantro, oregano and crushed red peppers usually added into the soup.
Caldo de Pollo soup
There’s a place next to my work that serves Caldo de Pollo, and it’s a favorite in my office on chillier days. This is a Mexican chicken and vegetable soup, and it’s delicious.
Ceviche is popular all over Latin America, not just Mexico, but it’s a popular Mexican food as well. It’s fish, served raw, but cured in citrus juices. It’s a really refreshing and delightful dish!
Mole refers to a traditional Mexican sauce made from a number of ingredients, including chiles and chocolate. It’s rich and delicious, and is absolutely amazing served over grilled chicken.
This is a traditional Mexican stew, usually made with pork, and includes vegetables as well. It’s delicious!
Elote…yum! This is the Mexican way of preparing corn on the cob! It’s a popular street food in Mexico but you can find it in restaurants and home cooking as well. The corn cob, after being cooked, is seasoned with things like mayonaise or sour cream, lime or lemon juice, salt, chili powder, and sometimes butter or cheese.
This is a Mexican corn salad, often found in street food. It’s basically Elote, but off the cob.
These are corn tortillas, quartered and fried and then seasoned with red or green salsa. It is simmered in the salsa until the tortillas soften. I’ve seen it served alone, or as part of a dish served with things like pulled pork, beef, chicken, beans, or scrambled eggs at breakfast.
Chiles en Nogada
This dish is a poblano chili that is filled with picadillo, which is a meat mixture also including fruits and spices). It’s then topped with a walnut cream sauce, called nogada as well as pomegranate seeds in order to give the dish the colors of the Mexican flag (green, white and red from the chili, sauce, and seeds).
Tacos al Pastor
Al Pastor is a spit grilled meat (inspired by Lebanese immigrants who brought them shawarma). The meat is similar to shawarma, but it’s served in tacos, and it’s delicious.
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Inicia el fin de semana, con la auténtica comida mexicana #Alambre pa' el hambre…te recomendamos probar el plato, Alambre Mixto, una excelente combinación de filete de res, con tocino, pimientos, cebolla asada, champiñones, queso gratinado, servido con frijoles refritos, pico de gallo, guacamole y tortillas de maíz! #Alambre #ElAgave #CocinaMexicana #Autentica
This grilled beef dish is usually topped with chopped up bacon, onions, bell peppers, salsa, cheese, and avocados and is served with fresh tortillas. Nom nom nom!
I couldn’t write this list without mentioning my favorite…horchata is a delicious, delicious drink! I guess I can best describe it as a rice pudding in drink form. It’s got a milky consistency, and is made from rice and spices like cinnamon. Yummm!
Ok, so I mentioned tamales before, but…tamales are awesome! Typically, you’ll find these delightful packages of masa (corn meal) wrapped around things such as meats or chilis and cheese (a personal favorite), but I’ve seen all varieties of tamales…vegetables, even sweet corn tamales wrapped around things like pineappe. But definitely try some traditional ones as well because they just can’t be beat!
Yucatan style barbecued pork. Need I say more?
This is a hot melted cheese and chorizo dish. It’s sort of like awesome Mexican fondue.
Mexican popsicles, and they are amazing and fruity and refreshing on a hot Summer day.
What do you love about Mexican cuisine? Did I miss your favorite dish? Did you try something deliciously memorable? I would love to hear about it, as would my Mexican food-seeking readers!