5 Delightful Foods You’ll Love on Your Holiday in Mexico
Whether you’re on a beach soaking up the sunshine or out and about exploring, when you’re in Mexico you should make time too to try out some of this country’s fine cuisine. Cheese, meats and tortillas are flavoured to perfection with spices and salsas to create some exceptional dishes. Schedule in some food tourism while you’re out there because your holidays in Mexico just won’t be complete without sampling the five foods below!
Perhaps the most quintessential of all Mexican foods, tacos are also one of the most diversely prepared. Almost always you’ll find them made open-face on a soft, warm corn tortilla, but it’s the filling that makes each taco unique. You’ll start off with a choice of meats (chicken, steak and fish are most common), then graduate to toppings and sauces. Cilantro and onion are often present, although lettuce, tomato and cheese can also be added. For the sauce, anything from a spicy salsa-style topping to light, freshly-squeezed lime juice can be used.
Despite being well known across the world as a Mexican dish, the burrito — meaning ‘little donkey’ in Spanish — is really a Mexican-American fusion. In Mexico, the burrito is served with the meat and beans wrapped inside a flour tortilla, whereas the salsa and other toppings such as cheese, lettuce and onions are served on the outside. This is different to the US, where the ingredients are all wrapped into a single roll. Whichever way they serve your burrito, the combination of textures and flavours make the burrito as yummy as it is filling.
The empanada is like the French crepe in that it can be made with either sweet or savoury ingredients. Empanadas are made with wheat or corn tortilla dough and then deep fried to be served hot and ready to eager eaters. If you’re on a day trip from Cancun out to Isla Mujeres and fancy some savoury empanadas, Isla Mujeres boasts a number of options, including La Bruja and Kash Keken Chuc restaurants. For a sweet empanada, visit Antico in Playa del Carmen to sample their Nutella-filled creations!
Traditional tamales are made in a pib — a Mayan underground oven — but can also be steamed in a pot. Mexicans love their stuffed and wrapped foods, so it’s no surprise that the tamale is also made in a thick, corn-based dough and wrapped in a banana leaf to be cooked.
The surprise comes in the filling —meats, cheeses, fruits or vegetables are all possible. Mexicans will often opt for a savoury filling. The tamales are served with a salsa after they’ve been removed from the banana leaf.
Known as ‘Mexican donuts’, churros are made of deep fried dough coated in sugar and cinnamon. They’re a common street food and extremely hard to resist – especially when they are accompanied by dunking chocolate! As they’re also meant to be enjoyed at breakfast time, they make a nice start to the day.