The 8 best food experiences in Mexico

True Mexican cuisine is utterly delicious. The Americanized version of it doesn’t do it justice. When you go on vacation in another country you need to broaden your horizons. Don’t order the typical food you think you know, order outside of the first world cultivated mindset, order local! I have the 8 best Mexican food experiences in Mexico you have to try, and you’ll thank me!

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Chilaquiles

When I first vacationed in Mexico, I learned of this popular traditional breakfast dish. It has lightly fried corn tortillas that are amazing and cut into quarters, topped with red or sometimes green salsa. I love the red salsa it is a bit spicer, but it is definitely a wake-me-up. The dish also has on top scrambled or fried eggs and sometimes pulled chicken. You can’t forget the cheese and cream.

Mezcal

This smoky, flavorful cousin of tequila is heaven on Earth for a tequila lover. It is meant to be sipped, but it can also be blended in a spicy jalapeño cocktail or served on the rocks. I love it with guava juice and a lime. If you’re lucky enough to get the last shot, you may get the worm! Any way you have it, it is altogether, delicioso!

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Taken at Monte Alban Ruins in Oaxaca, Mexico Photo Credit: Instagram: @mezcallosjavis

Chiles en nogada

This is one of Mexico’s most patriotic dishes, because it boast all three colors of the flag. Poblano chillies filled with picadillo (a mixture of chopped meat, fruits and spices) represent the green on the flag, the walnut-based cream sauce is the white and pomegranate seeds the red. Originating from Puebla, history says that the dish was first served to Don Agustin de Iturbide, liberator and subsequent Emperor of Mexico.

Mole

No one knows where the original home of mole (pronounced ‘mol-eh’) started. It is a rich sauce popular in Mexican cooking. The sauce contains 20 or so ingredients, including one or more varieties of chills peppers popular in any Mexican dish, and all require constant stirring over a long period of time. Perhaps the best-known mole is mole poblano, a rusty red sauce typically served over turkey or chicken.

Pozole

This soup dish is traditionally eaten on Thursdays in Mexico, and after everyone I have asked “why Thursday” to I have yet to get an answer. It literally means, “Hominy”. It is a celebratory dish that is served throughout Mexican communities and Mexico on special occasions. The common occasions are quince ants, weddings, birthdays, baptisms, and New Year’s Day. If you are really craving it, some restaurants have it on their menu, so don’t sweat it. It is an hominy dish typically made with pork and usually includes corn garnished with chile, peppers, onion, garlic, salsa, and sometimes lime.

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Photo Credit: Instagram: @the_mully

Tostadas

I never knew this, but if you didn’t know tostadas are basically fried stale tortillas. I got a food lesson i’ll never forget. Tostadas means toasted, of course. The toasted deliciousness of this dish has made it a very popular choice among the Mexican communities. The tostadas are served alone or piled high with anything your heart desires.

Tacos al pastor

The Lebanese and Syrian immigrants made this dish historical. It is one of the most popular and most tasty varieties of tacos in the Mexican cuisine. To create the flavorful tacos al pastor (meaning ‘in the style of the shepherd’), you would slice thin strips of pork, placed them on a corn tortilla and served it with onions, coriander leaves, pineapple and chile powder.

Hibiscus water

This heavenly concoction involves hibiscus flowers, who would have thought, right? They are fused with water and lime, which has to be steeped for three hours, strained and then mixed with sugar. It is great for those hot Mexican beach days or while walking around the ruins.

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Photo Credit: Instagram: @the_mully

 

Tenga un buen día!

XOXO-

@the_mully

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