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Top 5 Dishes to try in Mexico

by Travelbag on 04 April 2019, 09:04AM

Dishes to try in Mexico

Mexican cuisine has surged in popularity in recent years – and it’s easy to see why. Traditional Mexican food somehow manages to balance delicious flavours with healthy ingredients. Dishes here have got a kick, without being too spicy – think herb-infused meats, tangy salsas and freshly-made guacamole.

Thanks to several restaurant chains popping up across the UK, you’ve probably tried some pretty good Mexican food. But, as with any cuisine, it tastes even better in its homeland. And the portions are huge – so if you’re lucky enough to be going on holiday to Mexico, you’re in for a treat. We’ve rounded up the top five dishes you need to try while you’re out there – just try not to drool while you’re reading.


1. Mole

The national dish of Mexico isn’t really a dish at all – it’s a sauce. But you’ll struggle to find proper mole outside of Mexico, so it’s definitely something to try while you’re on holiday. Pronounced ‘moh-lay’ this tasty sauce is made from around 20 ingredients, including garlic, sautéed onions, ground nuts, chilies, spices and dark chocolate. There are several versions of mole – you’ll see red, green and black variations – but chili and chocolate feature in most of them. For instance, mole verde is mild and thick, and goes really well with burritos. Meanwhile, mole rojo is quite spicy so it’s the perfect dip for grilled meats, or black bean and cheese enchiladas. Speaking of which…


2. Enchiladas

This tortilla-based dish dates back to Mayan times, so it must be doing something right. Nowadays, you see enchiladas everywhere, so you’ve probably had this dish in the UK – either in a restaurant or from your local supermarket. But authentic enchiladas in Mexico are something else. Corn or flour tortillas are filled with beans, rice and cheese, along with either seafood or meat. Once the tortillas have been stuffed with various fillings, chilli sauce is dribbled over the top and they’re baked in the oven. Make sure you’re hungry when you order, because one will never be enough.

Mexican enchiladas

3. Marquesitas

Sweet-toothed travellers should head to the Yucatan Peninsula to try marquesitas. This traditional dessert is a must-try for anybody visiting Mexico. Sold from little carts in the road, marquesitas are very similar to crepes – and watching them being made is half the fun. Unlike French crepes, though, marquesitas combine sweet and savoury toppings. Cheese will be sprinkled on the top, and then you’ll be able to choose a second topping. Jam, peanut butter and caramel sauce are all common options but, to have a traditional Mexican experience, go for Nutella – trust us.


4. Chilaquiles

If you fancy an authentic Mexican breakfast, make sure you order a plate of chilaquiles. This tasty morsel is a popular breakfast dish, because it allows the chef to use up any tortillas left over from the night before. Tuck into fried tortillas topped with salsa, cheese, sour cream, pulled chicken and eggs – either fried or scrambled. Who needs a Full English, when you can have a Full Mexican?

Mexican chilaquiles

5. Tacos al Pastor

No trip to Mexico would be complete without eating freshly-made tacos, would it? And tacos al pastor is our pick of the bunch. These “shepherd’s tacos” actually contain pork – not lamb, as you might assume – which has been roasted on a spit, so it’s full of flavour. The pork is tucked in a taco with pineapple, coriander and onions, which gives it a refreshing taste without being too filling. For the finishing touch, wash it all down with a crisp Mexican beer. You are on holiday, after all.


Try all these dishes and more on a getaway to Mexico. But, before you go, check you’re up to date with the cultural etiquette in Mexico – we’ve got tips on greetings, eye contact and more.

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