10 Mexican Foods You Definitely Need to Try


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Mexico is a mecca for foodies. From street tacos to high end mezcals, the country offers something different at every turn. Here are 10 Mexican foods you definitely need to try at least once in your life.

1) Tacos

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Tacos are a mexican food that is usually made with ground beef, onions, and cilantro. They can be served on soft corn tortillas or hard taco shells and they may also include some other Mexican toppings like cheese, sour cream, guacamole, or lettuce.

Tacos were originally created in the early 20th century by taquerias in Mexico City who would cook them to order for hungry customers waiting at local stands. Tacos quickly became popular throughout Mexico and today tacos can be found all over Mexico as well as many other countries around the world. These delicious Mexican foods have become so popular that people often refer to tacos simply as “Mexican Food” in everyday Mexican culture.

2) Mole

One of the most famous Mexican dishes is Mole. It’s a sauce that originated in Puebla, Mexico and it has many variants. The word mole comes from the Nahuatl word “molli” which means “concoction of herbs” or “spice mix”. Another possible origin for the name is moli which means “to grind up something”.

Mole sauces are typically dark in color, made primarily from chiles (usually dried), spices such as cumin, cloves, cinnamon or cocoa powder, garlic and onion. They may contain roasted tomatoes or tomatillos along with different types of beans like black beans or pinto beans.

The type of chili used in Mexican cuisine varies depending on the recipe and region. Common chiles include: mulato, pasilla oaxaqueño, ancho, chipotle meco and guajillo.

Mole flavors vary by region and family recipes but can be red or green in color based on the ingredients used such as chiles, chocolate or cocoa, tomatillos and onions.

3) Chile relleno

A mexican dish, chile relleno is a green or red pepper filled with cheese and baked. It’s typically served in Mexican restaurants as an appetizer or side dish.

Chile rellenos are traditionally made by stuffing the whole, roasted fresh poblano pepper with a mixture of ground meat (beef), bread crumbs seasoned with garlic, salt, cumin seed and other spices; then it is dipped in egg batter before being fried until crisp. The filling can be any type of cheese but common types are Oaxaca or Monterey Jack cheeses. They may also include onions or mushrooms for added flavor. Sometimes they will add raisins to the mix for sweetness too.

4) Quesadillas

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It’s a Mexican food that you’ll love.

The quesadilla is a mexican food which has been around since the late 1800’s, when mexicans living in mexico would use tortillas to protect their hands from hot oil when frying foods. In the early 1900’s they started wrapping cheese and other ingredients inside of this tortilla to create what we now know as a quesadilla. Quesadillas can be made with either flour or corn tortillas and are typically filled with melted cheese, chilies, onions and tomatoes; but many variations of fillings exist depending on region and taste preferences.

This delicious Mexican dish is usually eaten as an appetizer or as a side dish; but it can also be eaten as an entree.

5) Menudo

Menudo is a traditional Mexican soup made with beef stomach, hominy, red chili peppers and other spices. It’s usually eaten for breakfast or lunch.

Menudo can be found at Mexican restaurants all over Southern California, but it’s also easy to make yourself. The dish takes about 6 hours to cook in the oven before being served, so plan ahead if you are serving this for dinner!

The history of menudo goes back centuries ago when mexican people used cow stomach as an economical way to feed their families during long winters without vegetables or meat available. Nowadays it has become a popular dish that is cooked for any meal of the day because mexicans believe that eating menudo cures hangovers, burns fat and cleans the blood.

6) Tostadas

Tostadas are Mexican food that is served on a fried tortilla shell, often with beans. They are most commonly topped with cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato and sour cream.

Tostadas are Mexican food that is served on a fried tortilla shell. It’s most commonly topped with cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato and sour cream. Tostadas can also be filled with beef or chicken as well as vegetables like chilies or avocado to make it more filling for dinner time. This Mexican dish was originally eaten by the Aztecs before they conquered the Mexicans in 1521 AD but now it can be found throughout Mexico today! These Mexican dishes have been around since pre-Columbian times.

7) Pozole

Pozole is a traditional Mexican soup that can be made with pork, chicken, beef or seafood. The dish originated in the state of Jalisco and has since become popular throughout mexico. Pozole is traditionally served at Mexican celebrations such as weddings and birthdays.

A common variation of the dish includes hominy which are corn kernels that have been soaked in an alkaline solution to remove their outer hulls; this process gives them a distinctive flavor and creamy consistency when cooked. Traditional ingredients include shredded cabbage, sliced radishes, diced onion, oregano leaves and mexican oregano (which may be substituted with regular dried thyme), chopped cilantro leaves, lime juice squeezed from one or two limes and mexican chorizo.

Authentic mexican pozole is cooked in a broth made from dried mexican peppers such as ancho, guajillo and mulato chiles to which other mexico spices such as cumin, cloves, garlic and mexican oregano are added. This Mexican pepper broth gives pozole its distinctive flavor.

Pozole is usually served with Mexican rice, Mexican corn tortillas or Mexican tamales.

8) Chile en nogada

The Mexican dish called Chile en nogada is one of the most popular Mexican dishes, often found on Mexican restaurants’ menus. It consists mainly of a roasted poblano pepper stuffed with meat or cheese that has been mixed with breadcrumbs and spices, then topped off with a walnut sauce made from ground walnuts, sugar, water and cinnamon. The Mexican dish can be served either cold or hot.

The origins of this dish are not yet known but it is believed to have originated in 19th century Mexico City where it was first created as an homage to the beautiful empress Maria Luisa Amelie de Beauharnais who was also known as La Chata (the flat faced one). This Mexican dish was popularized in Mexico City by Doña Nachita, who owned a restaurant on calle de Monterilla. It is also believed to have been the preferred food of Mexican dictator Antonio López de Santa Anna after he fell in love with this Mexican dish served at Mexican restaurant ‘La Tradición’ on calle de Monterilla.

The mexican dish named Chile en nogada consists of a roasted poblano pepper stuffed with mexican picadillo made from ground beef or pork, that has been mixed with breadcrumbs and spices, then topped off with a walnut sauce made from ground walnuts, sugar, water and cinnamon. The Mexican dish is accompanied with Mexican rice and Mexican beans on the side.

The Mexican dish can be served either cold or hot. It is also a tradition that each of the mexicans who order this mexican dish brings a mexican dish with this mexican food to share in the mexican plate during mexicano festivities and family gatherings.

9) Pozole blanco

Pozole blanco is a mexican dish that’s traditionally eaten on Christmas and New Year. It consists of corn, pork meat, onion and garlic. The dish comes with the broth in which the ingredients were cooked in and it’s served with cabbage, radishes, limes, oregano leaves or tostadas.

Pozole blanco is a mexican dish consisting of white corn hominy that has been boiled for hours until tender then usually mixed together with some kind of protein like chicken or pork along with vegetables such as carrots onion celery cilantro chili pepper salt lime juice tomatoes chilies guajillo peppers etc. This Mexican food is typically served hot but can also be served cold or at room temperature in mexico.

10) Churros mexicanos

Churros mexicanos are a mexican food that is made from fried dough which has been shaped into a long, thin stick. They are sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon before being served. The name churro comes from the Spanish word “chorro,” meaning “to flow.” Churros mexicanos have been around for centuries, but they didn’t become popular in America until recently.

Churros mexicanos can be eaten alone or dipped in chocolate sauce or hot chocolate. One variation of this dish is to put cajeta on top of it instead of sugar and cinnamon, which is a mexican sweetener made from goat’s milk caramelized with brown sugar or piloncillo.

In Conclusion

Mexican cuisine is rich in culture and flavor, so it should come as no surprise that there are many Mexican foods worth trying. From tacos to enchiladas, Mexican food has something for everyone! If you’re thinking about what Mexican dish to cook next or need some inspiration on where to eat out this weekend, take a look at our list of 10 Mexican foods and enjoy!

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