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Mexican Food: 40 Best Mexican Dishes And Traditional Food In Mexico To Try

We will write about Mexican food with the best 40 Mexican dishes and traditional food in Mexico to try. Mexico is one of the best cuisine on the world! Mexican cuisine is a delicious mix of indigenous and Spanish flavors. Read here vegetarian food in Mexico, traditional Mexican breakfast and Mexican drinks

Mexican traditional food has a reputation for being spicy, but it does have a wide variety of flavors, although many spices are utilized in the kitchen, not all of them are spicy. Many dishes have delicate flavors as well. Peppers are native to Mexico and have been used for thousands of years.

Your daily food budget travel in Mexico could be a total of $8-10 USD if you eat in local places. If you are in a budget you can go for street food all around the country. You can buy tacos for $1 USD. If you are going for fine dining restaurants starts from $10 USD per person for a meal. Read here Cancun packing list, best restaurants in Oaxaca, best restaurants in Tijuana, best restaurants in Guadalajara and best restaurants in Merida

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MEXICAN FOOD: BEST MEXICAN DISHES AND TRADITIONAL FOOD IN MEXICO TO TRY

MEXICAN DISHES: TRADITIONAL FOOD IN MEXICO

1. TACOS

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Tacos is the most popular food in Mexico and you will find everywhere in restaurants and as street food. Tacos are prepared with a flavorful ground beef filling, served in corn tortillas, and topped with all of the tastiest toppings. Tacos are probably a family favorite weekday dinner, and you’ll enjoy how simple they are to make!

2. QUESADILLA

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Quesadilla is a traditional Mexican food dating back to the 16th century. Quesadillas were produced by heating a corn tortilla on a griddle, filled with cheese and other contents like meat and veggies then folding it over to serve by hand.

3. BURRITO

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Burrito is a popular food from Mexican cuisine. Burrito is made from a wheat flour tortilla that is folded in such a way that the savory filling on the inside is completely enclosed. The filling of burrito is made up of a variety of components including meat, beans, rice, lettuce, guacamole and cheese.

4. CHILAQUILES

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Chilaquiles is one of my favorite Mexican dishes, Chilaquiles are a traditional breakfast dish that consists of lightly cooked tortillas that have been chopped into smaller pieces. Chilaquiles are served with salsa and a variety of breakfast dishes like eggs, cheeses, cream, or chicken, and served with refried beans.

5. POZOLE

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Pozole is a soup and flavorful bowl stew from Mexico that is traditionally served to large groups on special events and celebrations like Christmas, weddings, and birthdays. The major component of pozole is nixtamal or also known as hominy which is made out of huge, dried maize kernels that have been pre-cooked in an alkaline solution to flatten them.

6. CHILES EN NOGADA

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Chiles en nogada is both festive and delicious. Chiles en nogada is a delicious combination of fruits, seasonings, and sliced meat that comes together to symbolize the colors of the Mexican flag.

7. MOLE

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Mole is a vast variety of Mexican sauce and the country’s national cuisine. The base of mole is commonly made up of pulverized Mexican chili peppers, that are ground in a molcajete, a stone mortar and pestle.

8. ENCHILADAS

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Enchiladas are made with a tortilla that has been coated in a chili sauce and loaded with cheese, meat, or fish. Enchiladas are folded up and cooked, with sauces, onions, beans, or additional cheese on top.

9. TAMALES

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Tamales are a popular dish in Mexico as in the countries around in Latin America. Tamales are similar to quesadillas and tacos in that they are made using corn. Tamales are usually sold as street food in Mexico.

10. ELOTE

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Elote is a Spanish word that refers to corn on the cob that has been covered in lemon and mayonnaise and then wrapped in crumbled cotija cheese and chili powder. Elote is traditionally grasped by the stalk and eaten with the hands.

11. MACHACA

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Machaca is a Mexican beef popular food with marinated and shredded meat. Machaca meat is frequently marinated in a blend of garlic, salt, pepper, lemon zest, and other spices.

12. CHILI STUFFED POBLANO PEPPERS

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Chili stuffed poblano peppers are stuffed with beef mince, rice, black beans, and veggies, then covered with cheese and baked. Chili stuffed poblano peppers is a nutritious Mexican style dish!

13. HUEVOS RANCHEROS

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Huevos rancheros is a Mexican breakfast meal made of tortillas, eggs, beans, a variety of meats, all topped with a tomato chili sauce or salsa. Originally, huevos rancheros were a hearty breakfast fed to farm workers in rural Mexico!

14. TORTAS

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Tortas are tasty mexican sandwiches made with largely real ingredients. Tortas are a one of a kind Mexican dish because they’re prepared in bread rolls, which aren’t commonly associated with the country.

15. TLACOYO

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Tlacoyo is a famous Mexican street food prepared from masa dough and filled with a variety of ingredients such as mashed beans, mushrooms, potatoes, and cheese. Tlacoyo is distinguished by its oval shape, which resembles a football, and it is typically grilled on a hot comal.

16. CEVICHE

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Ceviche is a seafood meal in which diced fresh fish is soaked in citrus until thick and opaque, then combined with tasty vegetables such as onions, peppers, and cilantro. Ceviche is the most popular dish in Central and South America and all the countries make a different version.

17. PICO DE GALLO

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Pico de gallo has a thick consistency and is cooked with coriander, onions, tomatoes, and spicy peppers like serranos or jalapeos. Pico de gallo is particularly famous because of its robust flavors and easy preparation.

18. PAMBAZO

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Pambazo is the name of a Mexican bread as well as the name of a sandwich prepared with it. Pambazos are very famous in the Puebla and Veracruz regions, and are supposed to make a delicious light supper, specifically when served with a side salad.

19. GORDITAS

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Gorditas are a budget friendly dish that you must try while in Mexico! Gorditas are pocket shaped patties made with the same ingredients that go into tacos and sopes, but with different fillings.

20. CARNITAS

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Carnitas is a savory pork meal created by braising, roasting, or slow-cooking pork in its own fat until totally soft and succulent. Carnitas, which means small meats, is generally served with tortillas and a variety of toppings like as salsas, beans, guacamole, lemon, or fresh veggies.

21. FLAUTAS

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Flautas means flutes in Spanish and it’s a delicious snack to try in Mexico. Flautas are tortillas that have been filled, wrapped up, and fried. Its outcome is an extra-crispy, long, thin, flute-shaped roll bursting with a delicious, spicy filling.

22. MENUDO

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Menudo or also known as pancita or mole de panza, is a classic Mexican soup cooked with beef stomach in a red chili pepper broth. Menudo’s broth is seasoned with hominy, lime, onions, and oregano.

23. GUACAMOLE

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Guacamole is a creamy dish with roots reaching back to the Aztec kingdom in the 1500s. Guacamole is a nutritious combination of ripe, mashed avocados, onions, chili, optional tomatillos, and seasonings like sea salt and coriander.

24. FAJITAS

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Fajitas are a famous Tex-Mex cuisine that consists of seasoned, barbecued skirt steak wrapped in a wheat flour tortilla. Because fajitas became increasingly popular, they were less likely to be cooked with skirt steak. Today, fajitas can be loaded with grilled chicken, shrimp, or even veggies.

25. MACHETES

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Machetes are large tortilla wraps that are roughly a meter long and loaded with various fillings. Machetes’ exterior must be handcrafted, frequently using a custom made tortilla press, due to the machete’s uncommon size and shape.

26. BEAN SALAD

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Bean Salad is simple to prepare, full of flavor, and ideal for bringing to gatherings! Bean Salad contains beans, pepper, corn onion and coriander in it.

27. MEXICAN RICE

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Mexican rice sometimes known as red rice, is a Mexican side dish or a component of other Mexican recipes made using white rice, tomatoes, garlic, onions, as well as other ingredients. Mexican rice is a low fat healthy food!

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28. CHURROS

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Churros are covered in a cinnamon sugar and eaten plain or with chocolate, caramel, or whipped cream. Churros are created with all-purpose flour, eggs, water, and a fat such as oil, margarine, or butter in the dough.

29. FRIED ICE CREAM

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During the 1980s, fried ice cream became famous, and it was originally popularized by a well-known Mexican restaurant chain. Fried ice cream is a delectable dessert create by covering a scoop of ice cream with crushed cookies or cornflakes, then deep fried it till golden brown on the outside.

30. CONCHAS

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Conchas is a Spanish word that refers to the top of the bread, which resembles a seashell. Conchas is a classic Mexican sweet bread with a sugary topping of white, pink, yellow, or brown. Flour, sugar, yeast, salt, butter, eggs, and sometimes milk or vanilla are used to make the bread.

31. BUNUELOS

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Bunuelos are a deep fried dessert with cinnamon sugar sprinkles on top. In many Mexican houses, bunuelos are flattened into disks and eaten around Christmas and New Year’s.

32. FLAN

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Flan is an egg-based delicacy produced with only a few ingredients such as sugar, eggs, cream cheese, evaporated and condensed milks, and vanilla extract. Flan has a similar velvety, silky texture like cheesecake.

33. TRES LECHES CAKE

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Tres leches translates to three milks. Tres leches cake is a dense, moist delicacy made from a sponge cake and three different types of milk which are the evaporated, condensed, and whole milk.

34. SOPAPILLAS

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Sopapillas are a pleasant treat that goes well with New Mexican, Tex-Mex, or Mexican cuisine. Sopapillas are created from deep-fried dough and are lighter and flakier than tortillas.

35. MEXICAN FRUIT SALAD

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Mexican fruit salad is made with different fruits such as mango, pineapple, watermelon, papaya, oranges or some veggies. You can stir in the lime juice and season to taste with chili lemon salt to achieve the desired amount of spiciness.

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36. TOPO CHICO

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Since 1895, Topo Chico has been sourced and bottled in Monterrey, Mexico. Topo Chico is a sparkling mineral water with a long and illustrious tradition in Mexico’s north.

37. CARAJILLO

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In Mexico, the Carajillo is a popular coffee-based after-dinner drink made with Licor 43, a sweet aromatic Spanish liqueur. Carajillo is traditionally made with espresso, but you can replace a strong cup of coffee and achieve similar effects.

38. MARGARITA

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Margarita is a cocktail made with Ccointreau, lemon zest, and tequila. Margarita is best served when blended ice or over ice! 

39. MICHELADA

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Michelada is a spicy beer-based beverage from Mexico. Michelada can be made in a variety of methods, starting with beer and adding lemon zest, salt, and other spices, chili sauces, and peppers.

40. PALOMA

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Paloma is made with tequila and grapefruit soda like Fresca or Jarritos, and it’s the right balance of sweet and acidic. Paloma meaning dove in Spanish, is one of the most popular Mexican drinks, with ready-made versions even available in soda cans.

WHERE TO STAY IN MEXICO

A total of $20 USD would be the range of your budget for accommodation in Mexico. There are hotels mid- budget for $50-70 USD and you can find luxury accommodation starting from $120 USD.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT IN MEXICO

There are 2 season dry and wet season. Rainy season starts in May. The best time to visit Mexico is from the months of November to April because it is the months of dry season. However, lots of tourists prefer to travel from January to March since it’s not peak season but it can be rainy for a few days.

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Hope you liked our Mexican food blog post. Let us know if we missed any of the Mexican dishes and which one is your favorite one in the list of Mexican cuisine.

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Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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