Fajitas are a favourite Mexican dish,
When I think of Mexican food, I think of nachos and tacos – well who doesn’t. But Mexico has many more foods than just my favourites. Here, 6 travel bloggers enlighten us on what their favourite Mexican food is. They take us on a journey our taste buds will thoroughly enjoy. Without further ado, get ready to discover some favourite Mexican dishes.
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Chile en Nogada
If you are planning to visit Mexico in September, you’re in for a treat because you’ll get to try chili en nogada. This dish is only made around Mexican Independence Day on September 16. It is one of the most important Mexican holidays.
Chili en nogada is a very patriotic dish. Actually, one of the two national dishes of Mexico. It is made from a poblano (non-spicy) chili pepper stuffed with picadillo, which is a meat and fruit hash. The chili is topped with a creamy walnut sauce, called “en nogada” sauce, pomegranate seeds and chopped parsley. The colors of the ingredients are green, white and red — the colors of the Mexican flag.
While this flavor combination may seem bizarre, it’s quite delicious. People look forward to the chili en nogada season each year. Since they are quite time consuming to make, many opt to get them at a restaurant instead of making them at home.
Contributed by Shelley @ Travel Mexico Solo
If you are traveling to Mexico’s Yucatán state, make sure to try panuchos. It one of the most famous regional dishes and a staple of the Yucatec cuisine. And a favourite Mexican dish.
Panuchos are small fried tortillas stuffed with beans and topped with vegetables and some meat upon request. They are served as starters in many restaurants around the state of Yucatán. And are often combined with other traditional foods from this part of Mexico. Make sure not to confuse the state of Yucatan with the Yucatán Peninsula. The state of Yucatán is part of the Yucatan Peninsula that also includes two other states: Quintana Roo and Campeche.
Panuchos are great for vegans and vegetarians. You ask for them to be made them without meat, and add more vegetables instead. If you can’t find anything else vegan-friendly on the menu, you can always order panuchos.
To make home-made panuchos, you need to follow a simple process. Prepare corn masa dough with oil to make it crispy, retried beans and vegetables that you want to put on top. Although the corn base remains the same, you customize the toppings in many ways. The most popular ingredients are avocado, salsa, red onion and lettuce.
Contributed by Daria @ The Discovery Nut
Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican breakfast food dating back to the early Aztecs. This tasty dish is tortilla chips covered in salsa, shredded cheese, cilantro, cream, and red onion. The tortilla chips are usually simmered in salsa. However, sometimes the chips are baked in salsa and occasionally the chips just have the salsa drizzled on top before the other ingredients are added. Chilaquiles are also often paired with chicken, beef, and/or eggs so it’s basically breakfast nachos.
I discovered it at Janik’s Cafe during the years I lived in Chicago but have tried it a number of times on various visits to Mexico since 2008. While I’ve made it at home, it never tastes quite as good as a restaurant in Mexico serving it with homemade green salsa. One of my absolute favorite places in Mexico to eat Chilaquiles is Rooster Cafe in Isla Mujeres. The shredded chicken is seasoned really well and is paired with eggs cooked in your preferred method. It’s my favorite place to eat when I visit the island.
Contributed by Brodie, Our Offbeat Life
The first time I saw this Mexican street food dish I didn’t know what to expect. There are many different types of Chicharron you can try. After seeing a bunch of locals sitting around eating Chicharrones preparados, I knew I had to try one while I had the chance. Shortly after, the taste explosion that happened in my mouth made me a regular at the same local street food stand. The base, which is made from Chicharron de harina (a dry dense flour-based snack) is topped like a Pizza with a fresh wad of shredded cabbage, a generous serving of sliced avocado, tomatoes and then splattered with cream cheese. It’s a snack I have seen sold mainly throughout the day on the streets, in parks, and outside schools in Mexico City. I like to add Valentina hot sauce on top to get that extra spicy kick that I love to taste when eating Mexican food.
Contributed by Daniel @ Layer Culture
If you travel through Mexico, you should try tacos, probably the famous dish you will find on every street corner. They are the perfect mid-day snack and you can easily eat three or four of them. Tacos are small soft corn tortillas filled with different ingredients. The base is usually meat, cheese, and pico de gallo, a spicy tomato, onion, and coriander combination. The meat used is either spicy beef, pulled pork, or shredded chicken. A taco costs around 1$ dollar at a street stand or in a local restaurant. For vegetarians, meatless options are sometimes offered. There are also many restaurants that try to improve the taco. Offering healthier ingredients or colorful tortillas, which is not comparable to an oily taco from around the corner. If you like to make Tacos at home, you should definitely try some black beans and sour cream in it. Although this combination isn’t real Mexican anymore.
Contributed by Victoria @ Guide Your Travel
I discovered Fajitas on a holiday in Cancun. We had spent a busy morning by the pool and decided to try the pool-side restaurant in our hotel, The Fiesta Americana. I was determined to try many Mexican foods on this trip and on this occasion I wasn’t disappointed. Fajitas are made up of stripped grilled meat with peppers and onion served in a flour or corn tortilla. I discovered you can use strips of chicken rather than meat and it tastes just as good. The meat is usually marinated in a spicy tomato and paprika mixture – well mine was – and this gave it such a nice spicy taste. Mine was served with salad so I added some salad while folding my tortilla around the goodness inside. I discovered these are also very easy to make while you are travelling. Fajitas are definitely one of my favourite Mexican dishes.
Contributed by Sharyn @ Live Work Play Travel
Other Favourite Mexican Dishes
Salsa is famous in Mexico and no good taco would be complete without a savory sauce to accompany it. It ranges from mild to fiery and is made from tomatoes, chili peppers, onion and other spices.
Ceviche is raw fish that has been marinated in lime juice, chili peppers, and cilantro. It can be cooked and one way I tried it, it had been rolled into balls and dipped into a breadcrumb coating and deep fried. Very nice!
Tamales are a traditional Mexican dish made of masa (corn dough), filled with meat or cheese, and steamed in a banana or corn husk.
Enchiladas are similar to soft wrapped tacos and fajitas and are a soft tortillas filled with meat or cheese and then covered in a chili sauce, with more grated cheese on top.
Are You Ready to Enjoy some Favourite Mexican Dishes?
There you go, enjoy these Mexican Faves. Have you got a favourite Mexican dish? Tell us in the comments following or send us your contribution to add to this list.