Hola ese! Wanting to try the abundant offers of the Mexican food scene? We've got you covered with our prepped up Mexican food guide that will help you fulfill your latest gastronomic musings!
Mexico is home to vibrant and complex dishes that have spread across the globe because of the distinct and delightful flavors that each dish possesses. And while anyone can get easily wrapped up with the popular burritos, tacos, and churros, there are definitely more from where they came from.
To help you know more about their rich cuisine spectrum, here are fifteen dishes you must try for a delicioso y exquisito meal followed by a cry of Viva Mexico!
A flour tortilla wraps various other ingredients like rice, meats and vegetables to make up burritos. With the vibrant colors of its filling, you can always expect a burst of flavors every bite.
In quesadillas, a heated tortilla is folded with a melted queso or cheese filling. Sometimes meats, beans, and vegetables could also work as additional mix-ins.
A lighter version of a burrito, tacos are corn or wheat tortillas folded over the usual burrito filling. Since it is not entirely wrapped, you could add salsa or garnish over the filling.
For the spice-loving amigos out there, enchiladas is your best pick. A corn tortilla is rolled around meat, beans, potatoes, and vegetable fillings and is covered with chili pepper sauce.
A corn-based dough is filled with meat, cheese, fruits, and any common ingredients of your fancy. It is then wrapped with a corn husk or banana leaf and steamed.
In chilaquiles, the crisp tortilla chips are simmered with red salsa or mole until it softens. It is then topped with Mexican cream and cheese products crema espesa and queso fresco. Other common garnishes are raw onion rings and avocado slices.
A roasted corn coated with salt, chili powder, butter, lime juice, and mayonnaise, elote is a Mexican street food that has this appealing appearance with its charred kernels and visible coat.
Ceviche is a dish made with fresh raw seafood that is commonly cured with citrus juices from lime or lemon, and is spiced with chili peppers plus other flavorings like onions, salt, and cilantro. It is also paired with dishes that complement its taste such as sweet potato, lettuce, corn, avocado or plantain.
Locally known as tsitsaron, the chicharrones is a finger-food snack where the pork belly or pork rind is fried until it reaches a crunchy and puffy texture. If Filipinos prefer it dipped in vinegar, the Mexican way of eating this treat is with lime or hot sauce.
When grilled meat is used on a taco filling, it is called a fajita. Popular meats used for this dish are chicken and beef cuts which are often cooked with onions and bell peppers. Its flavor is then enriched with condiments like sour cream, guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, refried beans, shredded lettuce, and diced tomatoes.
Fillings like beef, chicken, or cheese are rolled up inside a small tortilla and deep-fried. With its finger-food snack size, taquitos is an ideal dish for those who cannot commit to other heavy Mexican delights.
Carnitas, which translates to "small meats," is a Mexican slow cooked pulled pork dish. The pork meat is seasoned and slow cooked for three or more hours until it becomes so tender you can pull it apart easily. These meat strips are then heated on a pan and served as a garnished dish or as a taco filling.
A churro is a choux pastry dough that is fried and sprinkled with sugar. While it is traditionally dipped in champorado or hot chocolate during breakfast, today's churros can be dipped, filled, or drizzled with pure chocolate and eaten any time of the day.
Polvoron is a soft and crumbly shortbread made of flour, sugar, milk, and nuts that melts and breaks apart in one's mouth when eaten. This delightful snack is also popular here in the country as it had already been brought here way back when the Spaniards colonized the Philippines.
This traditional Mexican dessert is made with milk, eggs, and sugar and is described as a cross between flan and creme brulee. It can be easily mistaken as a creme brulee because of its burned top, but taking a spoonful out of it will give you the custard-like texture of a flan.
Are you ready to have a taste of each of these Mexican delights?