Top 5 food dishes to try in México
October 26, 2016
Visiting Mexico? Here are five traditional dishes to experience a taste of what México has to offer.
This popular traditional breakfast dish feature lightly fried corn tortillas cut into quarters and topped with green or red salsa (the red is slightly spicier). Scrambled or fried eggs and pulled chicken are usually added on top, as well as cheese and cream. Chilaquiles are often served with frijoles (refried beans).
According to anthropologists, this pre-Hispanic soup was once used as part of ritual sacrifices. These days’ chicken, pork and vegetarian pozole (broth rich soup) versions are readily available in more everyday surroundings. Made from hominy corn with plenty of herbs and spices, the dish is traditionally slow cooked for hours, often overnight. Once ready to serve, lettuce, radish, onion, lime and chili are sprinkled on top.
Tacos al pastor
This historic dish is one of the most popular varieties of tacos, with origins dating back to the 1930s coinciding with the arrival of Lebanese and Syrian immigrants to Mexico. Tacos al pastor (meaning in the style of the shepherd), uses thin strips of pork and served with onions and coriander leaves.
Chiles en Nogada
Boasting the three colors of the Mexican flag, chiles en nogada is one of Mexico´s most patriotic dishes. Poblano chilies filled with picadillo (a mixture of chopped meat, fruits and spices) re
present the green on the flag, the walnut-based cream sauce is the white and pomegranate seeds the red. Originating from a region in Mexico called Puebla, history tells that the dish was first served to Don Augustin de Iturbide, liberator and subsequent Emperor of Mexico.
There is some debate about the origin of mole, a rich sauce popular in Mexican cooking. There are myriad types of mole, all contain around 20 or so ingredients, including one or more varieties of chili peppers as well as chocolate. All varieties require constant stirring over a long period of time. Perhaps the best known mole is mole poblano, a rusty red sauce typically served over turkey or chicken. Hungry yet?