The Mexican kitchen is one of my favorites and it is fair to say that there is quite the range of ingredients and foods which are eaten down there. Whilst most of us know all about the headline-grabbing foods which have travelled north of the border and beyond, there are many plates which you can find, that aren’t exactly for everyone. Ant eggs served like caviar, snails, insect pizzas, chilis to blow your mouth off and dishes made entirely of flowers, it is fair to say that there is quite the variety here in Mexico.
If you are not the most adventurous eater however, it is safer for you to stick to street food as an entry level here in Mexico, and these are some of the delights which you can try.
Normally served for breakfast chilaquiles are a delicious option which will leave you full up and slightly spiced out. They are made using tortilla chips which are placed in a bath of delicious and slightly spicy sauce, which is then topped with sour cream and chopped onions. You can eat these on their own or alternatively you can have them topped with beef, chicken or an egg.
Much of the street food that you find in the city is based on corn dough which is prepared in different ways. Huaraches are another example of that and they are the Mexican version of a pizza. The dough is laid out long and thin, and it is then fried in oil. You can have all manner of toppings on the huarache from beef, chicken, chorizo, spicy sausage and cheese. Usually the huarache will be coated with a layer of refried beans and then have some lettuce and cream with white cheese added to the mix.
My buddy Javier Burillo and I have a rule that we will only eat gorditas when we are having a 9/10 bad day, because as delicious as they are, there is some calorie based danger with this food. The gordita is made using corn dough which is then mixed with fried pork rind (chicharron) to make a thick disc which is then fried in oil. The disc is then cut open and you can have a range of garnishes added to the middle, meats, fish, cheese and vegetables. If you are having a bad day too, this is the go-to option.
Tacos al Pastor
It can be tricky to know which tacos to eat, there is after all so much choice, which is why tags al pastor is the smart choice for anyone who is unsure. The pastor meat is pork which has been marinated in a mixture of spices and herbs, and it is then layered up and cooked on a spit. These tacos are cheap, they are tasty, and they can be found all over the country, such is their popularity.
These are the best meals to try if you are a bit wary of Mexican food.