Officially recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010, traditional Mexican cuisine has been catching the international spotlight in recent years. The unique combination of spices, textures, and flavors is what makes Mexican cuisine so special. Don’t leave this foodie paradise without trying at least some of these most delicious dishes.
The Mexican city of Puebla lays claim to Mole Poblano, the rich chocolate sauce typically served with chicken and is widely regarded in the whole world as Mexico’s national dish.
The southern city of Oaxaca is famous for its chapulines, or grasshoppers, which are served as a crunchy snack in all markets across the city. Give them a try and you will surely love them.
Tacos al pastor
Arguably the most popular variety of tacos in Mexico in the present, tacos al pastor are made with spit-grilled meat with a chopped pineapple often added to increase its sweetness.
Don’t leave Oaxaca without trying a “Mexican pizza,” or tlayuda. The famous snack is made with a crispy tortilla base that is topped with cheese, beans, mole or any meat of choice.
One of the most famous specialties in the western city of Guadalajara is Tortas ahogadas, or drowned bread rolls. The delicious dish is made with a bread roll stuffed with cuts of prawns or meat and submerged in a spicy tomato sauce.
Menudo is made with beef stomach (tripe) in broth with red peppers. Many Mexicans swear by this popular dish as a hangover cure, but be careful with that approach, the pungent smelling dish might either lead to a miraculous recovery or leave you queasy for several days.
Birria de Chivo
Another iconic food of Guadalajara is birria de chivo, a goat stew seasoned with dried, roasted peppers.