If you love the deep flavors and zesty spices of Mexican cuisine, then let us introduce you to a few of these authentic dishes to try from Mexico.
Culturally, food has always played a role for Mexico and the ethnicities within to have their own unique identity while still being capable of coming together to share their food and recipes. This culture around food has become a source of pride for Mexico, and rightfully so. Whether you wish to experience Mexican culture or you simply love food, here are some authentic dishes to try from Mexico that will satisfy with deep flavors and tickle the tongue with a variety of spices.
Hailing from Veracruz, salsa macha is a popular sauce in Mexico for a crunchy texture, smokey flavors, and a variety of spices like the versatile morita pepper. This salsa can be enjoyed on its own as a dipping sauce for tortilla chips or incorporated into a wide array of recipes. This array has allowed its popularity to increase further into the U.S. and it is quickly becoming a staple of Tex-Mex cuisine.
One of the authentic dishes to try from Mexico’s street vendors is elote, or in more familiar terms, corn on the cob. This isn’t just your average ear of corn, however. Put onto a stick, the corn is roasted, slathered in mayonnaise, and seasoned with chili powder, fresh lime juice, cotija cheese, and cilantro. While a bit messy, this on-the-go dish is a must for visitors to Mexico’s streets or who want to add a side dish to their meal.
When just waking up in the morning, the perfect dish to try is chilaquiles. The basis of this dish consists of corn tortillas that are cut into quarters before being baked or lightly fried. Green or red salsa is poured over the tortilla quarters once they have become crisp and is then topped with pulled chicken, crema, queso fresco, sliced onion, and avocado slices. This is not only delicious but it can be modified as you see fit and is a great way to make use of leftover tortillas and sauces.
This soup is a traditional stew that has become a staple as both a day-to-day meal and as a festive dish. Like with the other dishes discussed, pozole can be prepared in a variety of ways, but the foundation of the stew is always a broth with cooked hominy and chicken or pork. For vegetarians, the meat is substituted with beans. Three main types of pozole are white, red, or green, depending on the sauce used. Green pozole has a rich sauce based on ingredients like tomatillos and pumpkin seeds. Red pozoles use peppers like ancho or guajillo while white pozole uses ingredients like garlic or white onion.