Mexican Food: 75+ Authentic Dishes That Are PERFECT ✨


Grace Moser

A plate of the Mexican food, tacos de canasta

Mexican food is incredibly popular in so many countries, and for a good reason!

It has some of the most diverse and amazing flavors, and after having lived in Mexico for over a year of my life, I’m gonna be honest and say that Mexican cuisine is probably my favorite.

It’s filled with so many flavors, fresh and wonderful ingredients, and I don’t feel that the rest of the world can quite do it justice.

I’ve been to so many countries where the Mexican dishes were bland, or the flavors were off. And while it can be better in America, there’s just something about going to Mexico and trying it from their local restaurants.

Or the food the friends you make in Mexico give you. ♥️

A photo of people enjoying a traditional Mexican meal together.

It’s just a completely different experience!

I mean, it can be so much fun to pop into an eatery and grab some Oxacan mole tamales, and taste those dark sweet rich flavors.

Or heading over to the street food carts and grabbing a savory hearty Pambazos, and finishing it off with sticky, flaky, sweet Buñuelos for dessert.

Basically what I’m saying is, if you ever go to Mexico, don’t just go for the resorts. I’m not saying you’re bad if you do that, at all. But if you want a foodie Mexico experience, then it’s worth it!


Related: The Foodie Mexico Guide: 6 Places for the Best Mexican Food

81 Mexican Foods to Try

A white plate of the Mexican food dish, tostadas.

This post on Mexican food is here to help you (and me) try new recipes, and level up our cooking skills.

I’m all about helping you to level up your life, and food is a great place to do just that.

I think that you deserve to live a more enriched life, where you feel that you’re the best version of yourself. So let’s start small, and have you try some amazingly authentic Mexican dishes.

Main Dishes – Platos Fuertes

1. Huevos Rancheros

An overhead shot of traditional Mexican huevos rancheros. It shows eggs on top of corn tortillas and then topped with a red sauce. There's also a side of refried beans on the side and tortilla chips as well.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

It really is such a simple and delicious dish to make.

But, it’s also one that has been redone many times in non-traditional ways. And while that’s fine, and can still taste pretty good, we’re not here for the new renditions.

We’re here for the traditional. 👍

So if you want to try the traditional version, then I would definitely give this huevos rancheros recipe a try!

I mean, look at how good it looks! 😭

Related: My Trip to San Miguel de Allende & Personal Tips when Visiting


2. Huevos Ahogados

A photo of Huevos Ahogados which is a Mexican egg dish. The eggs are in a bowl and swimming in a red sauce and topped with cheese. Also, there's a side of white beans on the side of the bowl.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

Translating out as drowned eggs, this Mexican breakfast recipe looks SO good!

With garlic, chipotles in adobo sauce, fresh tomatoes, and other delicious ingredients, I could see myself eating a big bowl of this!

Also, it looks like it would go great with queso fresco and maybe some avocado, but that’s just me. 🤷‍♀️

Huevos Ahogados Recipe

3. Tostadas

An overhead shot of Mexican tostadas. The tostadas are topped with fresh tuna, queso fresco, and avocado.

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? At home and in Mexico.

Cooking Tips and Notes: I love making my own tostadas at home, since you just fry it on a pan with a bit of oil, until hard and crispy. But you can of course get them pre-made at the store, and save yourself time!

Tostadas are one of my favorite parts of Mexican cuisine. And if you’re looking for a good Mexican recipe, then this is it!

There are so many options you can try when it comes to toppings, and you can make it as flavorful as you want.

Basically, tostadas are crispy, crunchy, and hard corn tortillas that you top with different ingredients. And if you want a simple dinner idea, then this is perfect!

Here’s my Tostada Recipe that I got from a local restaurant in Mexico, but if you want to make sure it’s truly authentic, then give this tostada recipe from Pati Jinich a try. It looks good. 👌


4. Chilaquiles Verde

A plate of Mexican chilaquiles, with eggs on top.

Have I Had It? Yes, my photo right above. Sorry, not the best photo, but it was good! 👍

At Home or in Mexico? At home and in Mexico.

Cooking Tips and Notes: Always super simple and fun to make. You’re just buying a bag of tortilla chips, and topping it with a few ingredients. Super satisfying!

I remember the first time I had chilaquiles, and it was amazing. 👌

I had put it off for awhile thinking, “It’s just chips with sauce,” but when I finally took a bite, I understood.

It had this delicious texture and flavor, and you could put so many delicious things on top. Things like Mexican crema, queso fresco, eggs, and more.

Such a good meal!

Chilaquiles Verde Recipe

5. Tacos de Pescado

Three Mexican Tacos de Pescado on a wood cutting board.
Photo by In Maggie’s Kitchen

I feel like this list would not be complete without fish tacos.

I’ve always been someone that reached for steak or pork tacos, but if it’s done right and it’s authentic, then I’m happy to order or make it at home.

Also, this recipe has chipotle mayo sauce and that sounds so good!

Tacos de Pescado Recipe

6. Carne Asada

A big carne asada on a wood cutting board, partially cut up.
Photo by Muy Bueno

I need to master making good carne asada very soon!

I mean you can do so much with it. You can put it on tacos (obviously 👌), salads, burritos, and so many other Mexican foods.

Also, I could just see this being an amazing recipe to make during the summer when you get the barbecue out!

Carne Asada Recipe


7. Birria Tacos (Quesabirria Tacos)

An image of Mexican Birria Tacos. It's a closeup photo of tacos with corn tortillas filled with meat and cheese and that's been dipped in a sauce.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

Ok, you know what you can do with that birria meat you just saw above?

Make it into these tacos.

Oh, and then put cheese in it, and serve it with a consommé that you dip the tacos in. And that consommé comes from the juices of the cooked the meat.

I’m sorry, but I need to eat these soon because they sound so incredible!

Birria Tacos Recipe

8. Empanadas

A wire cooling rack with Mexican empanadas on them.
Photo by Muy Bueno

I love empanadas, and I’m seriously questioning why I never had them in Mexico.

Maybe it had to do with the region I was in, or I just wasn’t looking for them.

Either way though, Mexican empanadas sound SO good. I mean, in Mexico, they make them with many different fillings like roasted chilies, chorizo, or even pumpkin!

There are so many options, and I can’t wait to make these recipes!

Empanadas Recipes

9. Entomatadas

An image of Entomatadas, a Mexican stuffed corn tortilla recipe. They look like tacos, and there are multiple of them on a plate and smothered in a red sauce. It's also topped with red onions, cilantro, crema, and cheese.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

If you want meat stuffed corn tortillas, that are smothered in a delicious red sauce (because who doesn’t want that), then entomatadas might be a good option for you.

Oh also, it’s topped with cheese, and Mexican crema, which means it’s gonna be really good!

And if you don’t know what Mexican crema is, it’s basically like sour cream except way more creamy, and way less sour. Oh, and not as thick.



10. Pork Carnitas

Four Mexican Pork Carnitas on a blue and white plate.
Photo by Muy Bueno

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

Remember how I talked about how chicken tinga was a great way to prep meat for the rest of the week?

I honestly think the same way about this Mexican pork carnitas recipe.

I mean just imagine prepping a large batch of this super flavorful recipe, and then being able to quickly take it out of the fridge and have it with tostadas, tacos, or whatever else you’re craving. 🤷‍♀️

Pork Carnitas Recipe

11. Beef Carnitas

Cut up pieces of steak, with onions and cilantro, on corn tortillas.
 Photo by bhofack2 via Getty Images Pro

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

If you also want to try a beef carnitas recipe instead of pork, then I’ve got you covered!

Sometimes, just having some good steak tacos hits the spot.

Also, it’s just fun to explore new types of seasonings when it comes to cooking with beef, and I’m definitely excited to try this one!

Beef Carnitas Recipe

12. Enchiladas

A white serving plate with Mexican enchiladas.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

I feel that growing up as an American, it can get kind of confusing as to what dishes really are truly Mexican.

It’s easy to assume that the dishes I ordered in American-Mexican restaurants were recipes just made for Americans. They weren’t something that originated in Mexico (like enchiladas).

But over the years, and as I lived in Mexico, it was a nice surprise to realize that there were so many recipes that really were Mexican. And it was also nice to try the authentic versions, and understand how they should taste.

And while I haven’t had an authentic enchiladas recipe just yet, it’s now something I hope to be trying very soon!

Enchiladas Recipe


13. Chiles Rellenos

A sliver plate with three Chiles Rellenos, and salsa.
Photo by Muy Bueno

Another recipe that I’m actually pretty surprised I haven’t had yet!

I mean I’ve seen it so many times, and it feels like everyone and their mom has tried it. 😂

Also, these are stuffed with Oaxacan cheese, which I talk about below, and it’s incredible! Plus they’re coated in a tasty looking batter. I can’t wait to try these the next time I visit Mexico or get the right ingredients at home!

Chiles Rellenos Recipe

14. Chicken Fajita

A woman's hand holding up the Mexican food dish, chicken fajitas.

Have I Had It? Yes.

Cooking Tips and Notes: This is from the recipe I linked to down below. Super flavorful, tasty, and satisfying. I would recommend pan frying your tortillas, with a bit of oil, to get that nice crispy texture as well.

Chicken fajitas are such a nice comfort food.

You get some nice warm tortillas, and scoop up a nice helping of flavorful chicken and peppers.

Then squeeze a bit of lime and you’re all good.

Also, how fun is it to try an authentic recipe from Northern Mexico, at home, instead of trying whatever the restaurant gives you?

Chicken Fajita Recipe

15. Chile Verde

A comforting hot bowl of pork that’s been simmering and cooking in a delicious broth of tomatillos and chiles.

You can serve it with some tasty beans and rice and have an amazing Mexican meal!

Also, in this recipe, she talks about roasting the tomatillos and peppers which gives them a nice smoky flavor. I really can’t wait to eat this on a cold winter or fall evening. 👍

Chile Verde Recipe


16. Pozole Rojo 

An overhead image of pozole which is a Mexican dark red broth soup. It shows a spoon that's been dipped into the soup and there are pieces of meat and other ingredients in the soup as well.
Photo by The Forked Spoon.

I can also attest that Mexican soups are some of the best soups around!

My personal favorite being sopa azteca. 👌

They’re packed with tons of flavor and this Pozole Rojo is made with delicious ingredients like pork shoulder, garlic, chilis, onion, and so much more!

I think it makes for the perfect comforting dinner on a cold night!

Pozole Rojo Recipe

17. Chicken Tortilla Soup

A bowl of Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup with tortilla strips on top.
Photo by Muy Bueno

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

There’s just something so comforting about tortilla soup!

You get this smooth, savory, almost creamy broth, and an amazing crunch from the tortilla strips, which have been lightly soaking in the broth.

Oh, and then topping it with some cheese and avocado adds that extra richness.

Also, this being an an authentic Mexican recipe makes it so much better!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

18. Mole Poblano

A closeup image of the Mexican recipe, mole. It shows a chicken breast that's been smothered in mole and topped with white sesame seeds.
@PatiJinich at

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

Mole is one of my favorites!

I remember going to this hole in the wall Mexican restaurant when I was eleven.

I asked the waiter what mole was and he explained to me that it was a Mexican sauce made with chocolate. So being a chocolate lover, I obviously said yes.

And I’ve loved it ever since!

Mole Poblano


19. Chicken Flautas

Mexican Chicken Flautas on a plate, covered in different salsas and cheese.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

Rolled tacos stuffed with chicken, and then deep-fried and smothered in tasty sauces.

I don’t understand how I haven’t had this before, or why I shouldn’t try it as soon as possible!

She suggests using corn tortillas, which of course makes plenty of sense. Yes, it does make it authentic, but corn tortillas also tastes the best (in my opinion).

Chicken Flautas Recipe

20. Menudo

Menudo, which is a Mexican way of making tripe soup. it shows an overhead shot of a bowl holding the soup, and topped with onions, herbs, and half a lime.
Photo by In Maggie’s Kitchen

Menudo is a soup with beef tripe, or cow’s stomach.

And before you go, “Wait, no, I don’t think so,” I promise you, tripe isn’t bad!

If you cook it in tasty recipes, it can be pretty delicious and fun to eat.

Also, it’s just a great way to try new things and broaden your palate!

Menudo Recipe

21. Beef Birria de Res

Mexican Beef Birria de Res in a white bowl.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

Ok, if you want a recipe where the beef has been simmering in a delicious and flavorful broth for hours and falls right off the bones, then I think you need to try this one.

Also, with brisket, peppers, and a lot of flavorful spices, I think it’s kind of hard to say no to this one!

Beef Birria de Res


22. Oaxacan Quesadilla

Four Mexican quesadillas that have been folded over, on a white plate.
Photo by Val Ibarrola via Studio Mexico

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico and at home.

Ok, so is this my photo?


It’s a stock photo, because when I had the opportunity to take a photo of it, I was too hungry and wasn’t thinking about it.

But here’s how my friend in Mexico taught me to make it:

  1. Heat up a pan on medium heat.
  2. Put a bit of oil on the pan.
  3. Put your corn tortilla on the pan and let it cook for maybe 30 seconds.
  4. Break off some Oaxacan cheese and put it inside the tortilla.
  5. Fold the single tortilla in half, and grill on both sides.
  6. Once the cheese is melty, and the tortilla is browned and crispy to your liking, take off and eat.
  7. That’s it!

Now if you’re curious about Oaxacan cheese, it’s a super mild, creamy, and delicious Mexican cheese that I highly recommend!

And if you’re looking for it at a store, you’ll want to look for this sort of wrap braided-style cheese.

Here’s an image of it down below.

And this one actually is my photo. 😂

A white plate holding meats, Mexican cheeses, nuts, fruits, and hummus.

23. Gorditas

Mexican gorditas stuffed with beef, potato, and other tasty fillings.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico and at home.

Cooking Tips: Still experimenting, and want to find a different recipe that doesn’t break up as easily. But very tasty!

I’m obsessed with gorditas.

I haven’t had this version where they’re stuffed yet, but when I lived in Queretaro, Mexico, I would get these super thick corn tortillas that were freshly fried, and topped with tasty ingredients.

It’s so satisfying! And I can only image how good this stuffed gorditas recipe is!

Gorditas Recipe

24. Chicken Tacos

Fresh chicken tacos from a Mexican food truck.

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico and at home.

It’s simple but so so good!

I mean, just taking a bite into some chicken tacos, when done right, can be so satisfying.

You get the nice warmth of the tortillas, and then you’re hit with all the spices.

And this authentic recipe, in the link below, has some great ingredients like olive oil, garlic, paprika, chili powder, and more.

This is going to make an amazing dinner!

Chicken Tacos Recipe

25. Pollo de Quesadillas

A plate with Mexican quesadillas stacked on each other.

I kind of thought that chicken quesadillas were something that Americans made up.

And not that there’s anything wrong with that! The combination of crispy tortillas, stuffed with delicious cheese and meat, is great.

But seeing that it’s an actually authentic dish makes me happy. It means I get to try a traditional dish, with the right ingredients, and have an amazing meal.

Pollo de Quesadillas Recipe


26. Red Pork Tamales

Mexican tamales stacked on each other on a pretty metal dish.
Photo by In Maggie’s Kitchen

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

Tamales are one of my favorite Mexican recipes to eat. And if you’re ever in Mexico, then I would highly suggest trying their Oaxacan mole tamales. 👌

But with that aside, if you’re wanting a comforting dinner and excited to try new cooking techniques, then this would be a great recipe for you!

Red Pork Tamales

27. Albóndigas Soup

A bowl full of Mexican Albóndigas Soup.
Photo by Muy Bueno

This Mexican meatball soup looks so cozy and comforting!

With all the meat, veggies, and flavor-packed broth, I can just see myself sitting down on a cold night and enjoying a big bowl of it.

You know, the kind where you probably served yourself way to much, but you don’t really care. 🤷‍♀️

Here’s a recipe for albóndigas soup if you want to try it!

28. Pambazos

The Mexican sandwich, Pambazos, on a blue plate.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

I cannot tell you ENOUGH how much you need to try pambazos!

The sandwich bread has been dipped in a garlicky yummy sauce, then fried in a pan, and THEN stuffed with tons of tasty ingredients.

I remember getting mine from a street food vendor in Queretaro.

They stuffed there’s with potatoes, meat, cream cheese, and other delicious ingredients. It was so satisfying!

You need to try these!

Pambazos Recipe


29. Chicken Tinga

A green plate with three Chicken Tingas on them.
Photo by Muy Bueno

Ok, if you’re looking for a meat recipe where it’s soaked in yummy ingredients, and you can put on so many different things (tacos, tostadas, chilaquiles, etc.), then chicken tinga is probably for you.

And with ingredients like different chiles, garlic, and olive oil, this really does sound like a great way to make chicken and use it throughout the week.

Chicken Tinga Recipe

30. Tortas Ahogadas

Tortas Ahogadas that's filled with pork and swimming in a red sauce.
Photo by arturogi via Getty Images Signature

Another delicious looking Mexican sandwich!

Dipped in a tasty red chili and tomato sauce, they’re stuffed with pork. And that means if you love meat, then this is probably going to be a great Mexican food for you!

Tortas Ahogada literally translates out as “drowned sandwich,” and it’s something you can commonly get in Guadalajara. In fact, they’re famous for it!

So if you want to try something that’s drowning in flavor, then this is the recipe to make!

Tortas Ahogadas

31. Burritos

A red basket with a Mexican burrito cut in half and ready to be eaten.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

While you might think that burritos are just Tex-Mex, they are in fact, originally from Mexico.

They’re a dish that came from the Mexican state, Chihuahua, and are pretty different than the ones in the states.

While we might pack 7 ingredients into one big tortilla, they’re a lot smaller and thinner with less ingredients.

But of course, things vary in different states. So for instance, in Baja California, machaca burritos are popular. They’re burritos that are filled with sun-dried beef, and other savory tasty ingredients.

Or another variation of the burrito would be the burro percherón from Hermosillo. It has a super thin but GIANT flour tortilla filled with juicy carne asada, cheese, avocado, and other delicious fillings.

And if you want to try a burrito recipe from an actual Mexican food blogger, than the one down below looks perfect. 👌

It’s recipe she continues from her family, and I can’t wait to try it myself.

Burrito Recipe


32. Ceviche

Two small glass bowls holding Mexican ceviche.
Photo by Muy Bueno

Very similar to aguachile, it’s fish that’s been “cured” in lime juice and salt, and eaten with fresh ingredients.

It’s a dish you can find in places like Mazatlan or Puerto Vallarta, where apparently it’s really fresh and delicious.

I lived in Mazatlan for a couple of months back in 2016, and I’m kind of kicking myself that I never tried it. 😂

Ceviche Recipe

33. Carne Guisada (Mexican Beef Stew)

The Mexican food, Carne Guisada, in a bowl.
Photo by The Soccer Mom Blog

A traditional recipe taken from her husband’s family, this hearty carne guisada recipe sounds like a great dinner recipe!

I mean it’s kind of hard to go wrong with beef, lots of tasty veggies, and of course, plenty of good spices. 🤷‍♀️

Carne Guisada

34. Barbacoa

A plate of Barbacoa with a small bowl of salsa.
Photo by In Maggie’s Kitchen

Barbacoa is something I’ve been wanting to really try since I heard about it not too long ago.

Essentially, it’s lamb or goat that’s been marinated and wrapped in banana leaves, and then cooked in an earthen oven or underground.

But of course, if you don’t have one of those, the Mexican food blogger in the link right below will show you how. 😊

Barbacoa Recipe


35. Tacos Al Pastor

Three Mexican Tacos Al Pastor, on a plate with lime.
Photo by Muy Bueno

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

I love getting tacos al pastor on the street!

It’s fun just standing there, waiting for them to get your tacos. You surrounded by incredible smells, the heat of the grill, and the sound of other people who are also waiting and talking with each other.

And they’re always so juicy, tender, and full of flavor!

Also, when you pair them with lime and salsa, it’s this incredible explosion of flavor in your mouth.

It really is one of the best Mexican dishes to try!

Tacos Al Pastor

36. Skirt Steak Tacos

Three Mexican tacos holding steak, onions, and cilantro in them.
Photo by Los Muertos Crew via Pexels

Steak marinated in lime juice and beer honestly so incredible!

I’m all for trying authentic Mexican meat marinades and recipes; they’re always packed with a ton of flavor. And this traditional recipe sounds very tasty.

It looks simple enough to make, and like it would be the perfect thing to grill during the summer.

Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

37. Cochinita Pibil

The Mexican food, Cochinita Pibil, in tacos.

I thought this recipe sounded super interesting and delicious!

It’s basically a tender cut of pork, wrapped in banana leaves, and traditionally cooked in an underground oven or pit.

Of course, there are other methods for cooking it, but if you want to experiment this summer, then I think it’s worth trying!

Side Note: The cook goes into other ways to cook it in the link to the recipe below.

Cochinita Pibil


38. Sonora Style Carne Asada Tacos

Mexican Sonora style carne asada tacos, on a white plate
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If you want yet another reason to make tacos, because who doesn’t, then these Sonora style carne asada tacos might be something you want to try.

It’s just a fun way to vary up this traditional food and use ingredients from the state of sonora. 😊

Sonora Style Carne Asada Tacos

39. Beef Chile Pasado

The Mexican meal, Beef Chile Pasado, on a plate with some beans.
Photo by In Maggie’s Kitchen

Pasado is essentially the process of roasting and drying out the chiles you use in this recipe.

Do you have to do that yourself?

No. You can get them like that at the store, but I believe it’s going to make for a more fun and tasty flavor!

Beef Chile Pasado Recipe

40. Tacos de Camaron

A plate of Mexican tacos de camaron.

Camaron simply just means shrimp, and if you couldn’t tell by the photos, these are shrimp tacos. 😂

And I feel like if you want a really tasty, but also a really simple taco recipe, then this will definitely hit the spot.

One important thing to note: There’s just something about Mexican recipes with fresh seafood, so I would definitely make sure the shrimp you get at the store is fresh!

Tacos de Camaron Recipe


41. Chorizo

A plate full of Mexican chorizo and potatoes.
 Photo by carlosrojas20 via Getty Images

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico and at home.

I remember having chorizo for the first time when I was sixteen.

It was thanksgiving and a family member of mine was using it as apart of the stuffing (it was his mother’s recipe), and I kept on taking some from the bowl when he wasn’t looking. It was so good! 😂

But since then, it’s been one of my favorite meats to have in dishes. It’s so good in burritos, tostadas, tacos, scrambled with eggs, or as is.

Chorizo Recipe

42. Molotes

A plate with the Mexican food, Molotes, on it.
Photo by Muy Bueno

You know how I talked about how Oaxacan food is some of the best food out there?

Well they also have their own empanadas.

They’re these masa (corn) pastry pockets, that are filled with tasty meats, and look super satisfying.

Apparently they’re a common street food that you can get in that area during Easter and Christmas.

And, they look like the perfect thing to grab while exploring the streets of Oaxaca.

Molotes Recipe

43. Enchiladas Mineras

Three Mexican Enchiladas Mineras, on a white dish.
Photo by MiguelMalo from Getty Images Signature

Enchiladas mineras translates out to “mining enchiladas.”

Coming from Guanajuato, they’re traditionally filled with stewed carrots and potatoes, onions, and cheese.

Back in the day, the woman would take this dish to their husbands, who worked in the mines.

I honestly love it when a recipe like this has a cool history!

Enchiladas Mineras

44. Enmoladas

Four Mexican Enmoladas, on a white serving plate.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

Another enchilada recipe, but I think it’s a Mexican dish that’s worth mentioning!

It comes soaked in a delicious looking mole sauce, and it’s filled up with meat, cheese, and other tasty ingredients.

So if you already have the ingredients for enchiladas at home, then why not try out this tasty looking version of the recipe?

Enmoladas Recipes

45. Tlacoyo

Three Tlacoyo on a serving dish.
Photo by In Maggie’s Kitchen

Tlacoyos are boat-shaped thick corn tortillas, stuffed with beans, and can come with different tasty topping.

You’ll commonly find them in Mexico City, and they look super hearty and delicious!

Also, if you want a little bit of Mexican street food at home, then is a great recipe to try!

Tlacoyo Recipe

46. Tacos Arabes

Three Mexican Tacos Arabes, on a wood platter.
Photo by In Maggie’s Kitchen

Tacos Arabes translates out to “Arabic tacos,” and comes from Puebla, Mexico. 

This dish originated in in the 1930’s, when people from Lebanon moved to Mexico

Originally, they were cooked with lamb, but now you’re going to get pita bread that’s stuffed with cumin-spiced pork, and that honestly sounds so delicious.

Tacos Arabes Recipe

47. Chapulines

A bowl full of Mexican Chapulines.
Phot by Indigoai from Getty Images

Chapulines are grasshoppers that come in different Mexican food recipes.

My husband’s friend, Louise, ordered some for us, but I chickened out. 😆

Apparently, they weren’t bad. Just small little crunchy fried grasshoppers, that tasted like the lime they were flavored with. 🤷‍♀️

48. Caldo De Queso

A bowl full of the Mexican soup, Caldo De Queso.
Photo by In Maggie’s Kitchen

A Mexican soup that’s made with cheese and potatoes, I don’t know how you could go wrong.

Coming from the north of Mexico, it first originated in the state of Sonora, and it looks like amazing comfort food. 👌

Caldo De Queso Recipe

49. Mole Negro

A dish that's been made with Mexican mole negro.

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

Mole negro is a delicious sauce that you’ll see commonly in Oaxaca.

I personally loved it, and had it with tamales when I was living in Mexico.

It’s very rich, deep, and delicious. 👌

And while you can get a good mole paste from the store, I think it would be so much more enjoyable to makes mole that tastes fresh and delicious at home.

Mole Negro Recipe

Sides, Appetizers, & Salsas

50. Authentic Salsa Verde

A mason jar holding freshly made Mexican salsa verde.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

There’s just something about having delicious fresh salsa for your recipes.

I’ve found that if you have incredible salsas at your disposal, you can kind of turn any dinner into a more fun and flavorful experience.

So even if you eat the same dinner 5 nights in a row, it’s ok, at least you have tasty salsas that make it more fun and change up the flavors. 🤷‍♀️

Seriously, invest in good salsas like this one, it looks really tasty! Not the chunky sugary salsas that us Americans are used to. 😂

Salsa Verde Recipe

51. Authentic Salsa Rojo

Authentic Mexican salsa rojo in a stone bowl.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

I love finding good authentic recipes for salsa since the ones you get in Mexico taste so much better.

In my experience, they haven’t been sweet, and they have this amazing depth of savory flavors that work with so many meals.

Fun fact: I’ve found that they serve bread with salsa in Mexico (or at least in the area I lived), instead of chips. It’s very tasty!

Authentic Salsa Rojo Recipe

52. Pico de gallo

Traditional Mexican pico de gallo in a silver serving bowl.
Photo by Muy Bueno

I feel that pico de gallo is such a great fresh salsa, that can enhance the flavor of so many dishes.

It’s such a quick recipe to make and can add a nice burst of flavor to your meat dishes, tacos, or salads.

Fun Fact: It’s called “salsa bandera,” with bandera meaning flag, because the colors in it (red, white, and green) are the colors of the Mexican flag.

Pico de Gallo Recipe

53. Salsa Quemada

A woman holding a chip that's been dipped into the Mexican salsa called, Salsa Quemada.
Photo by The Top Meal

I had so many good salsas in Mexico, and if you want a bit of that in your home, then I would give this recipe a try.

It’s made with super simple and easy to get ingredients like:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic.

Oh and the ingredients are roasted, giving the salsa what sounds like a really nice flavor!

And if you’re curious, then here’s the recipe for Salsa Quemada that I had originally put in this post. However, if you want something that’s a bit more authentic, then give this recipe for Salsa Quemada a try. 🙂

54. Salsa Macha

A woman's hand holding a spoon that's just been dipped in Mexican Salsa Macha.
Photo by Global Kitchen Travels

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico and at home.

I remember having salsa macha for the first time, a few months ago, when I was living in Mexico.

We had gone to this incredible seafood restaurant, and they brought out this free starter of their homemade chips and tasty salsas.

Oh, and these weren’t just normal tortilla chips that you get in a lot of American Mexican restaurants, these were some artisanal chips with a ton of tangy savory spices sprinkled all over and it was incredible. 👌

But with that aside (sorry about that 😂), I tried the salsa macha they had, and it was one of my favorites!

It was this flaky chili oily salsa with peanuts and I really loved the flavors! Definitely worth the try!

Salsa Macha Recipe


55. Aguachile

A bowl full of Mexican Aguachile.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

If you’re visiting coastal locations in Mexico, like Puerto Vallarta, then you’re going to be seeing delicious seafood recipes like this.

Essentially, you’re getting a marinated and citrus-cure raw shrimp dish that’s great as an appetizer!

Aguachile Recipe

56. Arroz Rojo (Authentic Mexican Red Rice)

A photo of the Mexican food, red rice in a blue bowl.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

I feel that since many of us have grown up with the American version of Mexican red rice, it’s only right to share the authentic version of this Mexican food.

I mean why not try the traditional true flavors of this dish? I’m sure it’s going to be incredible!

Arroz Rojo Recipe

57. Corn Tortillas

A fresh stack of Mexican corn tortillas on a wood table.
Photo by In Maggie’s Kitchen

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

I remember being in Mexico, ordering a dish and asking, “Could I have some corn tortillas to go with that?” And the guy happily responded,

“Of course! This is Mexico!” 😂

There’s just something about freshly made corn tortillas that taste so good! And I think I might try this recipe myself this week. 👍

Corn Tortillas Recipe

58. Authentic Guacamole

Authentic Mexican guacamole in a mortar-like dish.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico and at home.

I’m pretty sure you’ve had guacamole at some point, but I think it’s important to have an authentic version of this essential Mexican food.

Also, it’s not hard and all the ingredients honestly sound pretty darn good!

Except for the onion, I’m not a fan of raw onion in my guac, but that probably just means I need to grow up. 😂

Authentic Guacamole Recipe


59. Nachos

A skillet filed with cheesy Mexican nachos.
Photo by Clyde Gravenberch

Nachos were again, one of those recipes where I assumed it was probably created in the US.

But, apparently, they were started in the state of Coahuila by a man named, Ignacio (Nacho) Anaya

The story behind them is that some women who were visiting, wanted to find a place to eat. And since all the restaurants were closed, Ignacio offered to make them some food.

He then made this tasty snack and offered it to them.

They ended up liking it so much that they tried asking him what it was called. However, he misunderstood them and thought they were asking for his name, and replied “Nacho.”

Assuming that was the name of the dish, they took that name and ran with it.

And if this story is true, I’m glad it happened, this dish is one of my favorites!

Authentic Nacho Recipe

60. Frijoles Refritos (Authentic Refried Beans)

A bowl full of homemade Mexican refried beans, with pickled peppers and carrots on it.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

I know that you can easily get refried beans in a can from the store, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a good authentic go-to recipe?

One that you can pull out, and feel kinda cool knowing that you can make it yourself!

Frijoles Refritos Recipe

61. Frijoles Puercos Sinaloa Refried Beans

The Mexican food recipe, Frijoles Puercos Sinaloa Refried Beans, in a cast iron skillet.
Photo by 24Bite

If you haven’t had Sinaloa chorizo, then I think you need to try it very soon!

It’s so good and flavorful, and thankfully, this recipe gives you a chance to try it.

Also, it has ingredients like bacon, cheese, jalapeños, and garlic, so if you want something super flavorful and savory, then this is it!

One last thing, this recipe calls for Monterey Jack Cheese, and while that isn’t bad, I would suggest using something a bit more traditional (like Oaxacan cheese).

Frijoles Puercos Sinaloa Refried Beans Recipe

Street Food

62. Mexican Street CornElotes

A woman's hand holding up Mexican street corn.

It’s so easy and so good!

And while this might not be the best photo I could have taken, you still need to try it. 😂

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sweet corn
  • Mayo
  • Chili powder
  • Cotija cheese

All you have to do is spread some mayo over the corn, then top with Cotija cheese and chili powder. That’s it. I know it sounds a bit different, but when you try it, the flavor combination is amazing!

Also, it’s such an easy recipe to make! So if you want authentic Mexican dishes, and you also want something quick, then this is great.

Quick Tip: When I was in Mexico, they also had the option for getting a cup of corn, and mixing the ingredients into the cup. So you don’t necessarily have to have corn on the cob to try this. 🙂

Oh, and enjoy a photo my husband took of me gracefully eating this amazing Mexican food. 👌 😂

A woman eating elotes.

63. Mexican Street Tacos

Someone holding up three Mexican street tacos, on a to-go plate.

I LOVE Mexican street tacos.

The meat is so flavorful and juicy and when it’s topped with some lime, salsa, and cilantro, you have an incredible meal!

Like I could eat probably 20 or 30 of them and not feel guilty.

Oh and if you’re ever in Mexico, then don’t ever think of passing them up, they’re so SO good. 👍

Here’s a video of the tacos we got in Mexico City, there was such a big crowd!

Mexican Taco Recipe


64. Tacos de Canasta

A plate of tacos de canasta, which are steamed Mexican tacos.

I am addicted tacos de canasta, (or basket tacos)!

They’re tacos filled with many different types of fillings (potatoes, chorizo, eggs, beef, etc.) that have been steamed with spiced oil and held in a hot basket to keep its warm and freshness.

And if you ever run into a place that makes tacos de canasta, then run to it! You need to try these!

The photo above is one I took after having gone on a tacos de canasta run to Tacos La Capilla, with my friend. I think we ordered around 30 of them to go (that’s not a joke). 😂

Tacos de Canasta Recipe

65. Mulitas

A woman's hand pulling a part a thick corn tortilla that's filled with cheese and meat. This image is for the Mexican recipe, mulitas.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

Mulitas are very similar to quesadillas, but one of the main differences is that they’re made with corn tortillas. And I personally feel like corn tortillas are way better tasting!

There’s so much more flavor and while I didn’t make this specific recipe, I have made something very similar and it tastes incredible!

Also, just look at how thick those tortillas are, and that cheese and meat looks like it would taste incredible! 🤩

Grilled Mulitas Recipe

Mexican Desserts

66. Mexican Arroz Con Leche (Mexican Rice Pudding)

Mexican rice pudding, or Mexican Arroz Con Leche, in a dessert glass.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

I love rice pudding! It’s so refreshing and delicious.

But the Mexican version sounds pretty darn good!

With cinnamon sticks, cinnamon powder, and condensed and whole milk, this is going to be one rich and delicious recipe! 👌

Mexican Rice Pudding


67. Pan de Elote

The Mexican corn bread recipe, pan de elote, with pieces stacked on each other.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

Corn bread is already a delicious comfort food you can have with soup, so I can only imagine how good the Mexican version of this recipe is.

I mean sweet corn bread with cinnamon? Yes, I need this now. 👌

Pan de Elote Recipe

68. Buñuelos

The Mexican recipe, Buñuelos, with a delicious syrup that's been poured on top.
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Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

I remember the first time I had Buñuelos.

I was at the street vendors and saw this stack of thin flaky and bubbly looking flat pastry-like dessert, stacked high.

And if I remember correctly, when I ordered it, they were fried again, and broken up into smaller pieces. Then they poured this sugary syrup that had passion fruit and other delicious ingredients in it.

I was kind of sad I hadn’t had it sooner. 😅

And if this sounds good to you, then I’d definitely try it out! It’s so good!

Buñuelos Recipe

69. Pan de Polvo

Mexican cookies, pan de polvo, on a wooden serving tray.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

I love shortbread cookies and these Mexican ones sound so good!

They’re flaky, sweet, and cinnamony, so if you’re looking for some delicate looking delicious cookies to have with your coffee, then I think these will be a fun dessert to make this week.

Pan de Polvo Recipe


70. Churros

Mexican churros laying on parchment paper, with a small bowl of chocolate sauce.
Photo by Bartosz Luczak via Getty Images Pro

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

Churros are such a great dessert, and they tasty especially good when you have the right dipping sauces (like dulce de leche or chocolate).

And if you’re new to them, they’re essentially fried dough with sugar and cinnamon and they’re super fun to eat!


71. Fresas Con Crema

The Mexican food, Fresas Con Crema, in serving glasses.
Photo by In Maggie’s Kitchen

I read over the ingredients for this recipe, and I need it soon!

It has things like sweetened condensed milk and Mexican crema, so I can only imagine just how rich and delicious this dessert is!

Fresas Con Crema

72. Flan

Traditional Mexican flan being served up.
Photo by In Maggie’s Kitchen

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

If you haven’t had true Mexican flan, then you need to try it right away!

I remember the first time I had it in Mexico, it was kind of silly. 😅

My husband and I were on a date at a nice restaurant called El Presidio, and when we ordered dessert, my husband got the flan.

I tried talking him out of it, since I grew up with the boxed pudding mix version, but he didn’t listen, and I’m so glad he didn’t!

In fact, when I tried his flan, it was one of the best things I ever tasted! And I also wanted to steal his dessert. 😂

It was pudding-like, but a bit caky too. And the flavors were rich and sweet, not watery.

So I would definitely recommend trying the traditional version of this amazing Mexican dessert! ♥️

Flan Recipe


73. Flan de Elote

The Mexican recipe, flan de elote, cut up into slices on plates.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

I read the description for this Mexican recipe, and this dessert sounds incredible!

I mean with ingredients like cream cheese, condensed milk, and a sweet and toasted caramel sauce, I feel like it’s going to super rich and delicious!

Flan de Elote Recipe

74. Conchas

A blue plate filled with Conchas, a Mexican sweet bread.
Photo by Muy Bueno

If you’re wanting a good Mexican pastry, then a conchas is probably a great place to start!

It’s a classic and it’s such a nice soft sweet bread. So if you’re craving something you can get in a panaderias (Mexican bakery), then I’d check out this authentic recipe.

It looks like a nice sweet to have with some hot creamy coffee. ☕️

Conchas Recipe

75. Tres Leches Cake

A plate with the Mexican dessert, tres leches cake, on it.

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

This is kind of the dessert you get when you’re not afraid of sugar.

It’s this super delicious cake that’s been soaked in three different types of milk:

  • Whole milk or cream
  • Evaporated
  • Condensed

And of course it’s topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit. So if you’re having friends or family over, then this might be a nice dessert to pull out!

Tres Leches Cake Recipe

76. Gorditas de Nata

The Mexican food, Gorditas de Nata, stacked on each other.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

If you like savory gorditas, then you’ll like this dessert version of them.

Apparently they’re buttery, soft, and a little bit sweet, and can go great with a nice hot drink.

Being similar to an English muffin recipe, it’s made with wheat flour, Mexican nata, sugar, and other ingredients.

They’re cooked on a comal, which is a Mexican griddle, and it’s believed to have originated in Pachuga, Hidalgo.

Apparently, they were sold by locals on the sides of highways. If this is true, then people must’ve liked it, because it’s stuck around!

Gorditas de Nata


77. Oaxacan Hot Chocolate

A woman's hand holding up Mexican hot chocolate.

I know we’ve all heard about Mexican hot chocolate, but one of the best versions you can probably have is Oaxacan hot chocolate!

Also, in my opinion, Oaxacan cuisine is probably the best regional food you can have in Mexico. And a lot of my friends in Mexico think the same. 👌

I remember trying out the Oaxacan restaurant, Zandunga, in Santiago de Queretaro (where I spend the majority of my time in Mexico). They had such good food, like their Oaxacan mole chilaquiles. But their hot chocolate was something I LOVED to get.

It was frothy, creamy, rich, and I could have drunk 5 mugs of it.

Also, when I told our friends about the incredible food I had that week, and mentioned that it was Oaxacan, they leaned back and went, “Oh… Oaxacan food.” They were jealous. 😂

So basically, if you ever see a restaurant serving this type of cuisine, don’t hold back, just go.

Here’s a recipe that uses Oaxacan chocolate specifically! 🙂

78. Horchata

Two cups of Mexican horchata.

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

I LOVE horchata!

It’s so refreshing, delicious, and good Mexican drink!

It’s a rice cinnamon drink and it’s prefect for a hot summer’s day. ☀️

Or anytime of the year honestly.

Pro Tip: When I was in Mexico City, I had horchata caliente (hot horchata), and it was so incredible! It was thick, creamy, cinnamony, and the perfect comfort drink.

We had it at place called, Casa Churra, and if you want to try it yourself, then I’d check out this horchata caliente recipe.

Just know that I haven’t tried this recipe personally, but it sounds good! Also, you’ll need to have your Google Translate extension on since it’s in Spanish. 🙂

Horchata Recipe

79. Agua de Tamarindo

A glass of the Mexican drink, Agua de Tamarindo.
Photo by In Maggie’s Kitchen

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico

Agua de Tamarindo is so good! It’s one of my favorite refreshing drinks to have on a hot day.

And it’s kind of hard to explain, but it’s this tangy sweet drink made with the pods from the tamarind tree. Also, it’s pretty simple, only three ingredients!

I definitely recommend it!

Agua de Tamarindo

80. Café de Olla

The traditional Mexican drink Café de Olla, in cute mugs.
Photo by Maricruz Avalos

Have I Had It? Yes.

At Home or in Mexico? Mexico and at Home

Cooking Tips and Notes: You can get really good Café de Olla mixes, and save yourself the time, or make it yourself. Up to you!

Café de Olla is one of my favorite Mexican drinks.

It’s a delicious coffee drink that’s made with different spices and ingredients like cinnamon, cloves, and piloncillo (or brown sugar).

It’s a super comforting drink that you can have as is or with a bit of milk.

Ca de Olla Recipe


Mexican Dishes FAQ

A plate of the Mexican food, tacos.

Now that you have some incredible ideas for Mexican dishes to try, I thought I’d go into some helpful answers on some frequently asked questions.

And if you don’t see your question answered below, feel free to ask me in the comments! 🙂

Is traditional Mexican food healthy?

It depends!
Like any traditional cuisine, there are healthy and unhealthy dishes, But here are some good recommendations for healthy Mexican foods to try:
– Seafood Ceviche
– Sopa Azteca
– Tacos de Camaron
– Pozole
– Fajitas

What is Mexico’s main meal?

Comida is their main meal of the day, and it’s their lunch. It takes place around 2-4PM, and is also the heaviest meal of the day. But the time can vary from region to region.

What are the 3 Most Famous Mexican Foods?

The answer for this can vary, but in my opinion, the Mexican foods I’ve seen the most, while traveling full time, have been, burritos, tacos, and tamales.

What do Mexicans eat daily?

Mexico is a HUGE country, so what the people eat will vary and be diverse. But here is a simple list of some of the main ingredients commonly seen in Mexico.
– Flour and corn tortillas
– Beans of various types
– Salsas
– Eggs
– Rice
– Chilis
– Onions
– Tacos
– Tortas
– Soup
– Different meats such as steak, pork, or chicken.

What is special about Mexican Food?

Mexican dishes are special for so many reasons, and here are just a few.
First is that there are pre-hispanic techniques, recipes, and ingredients that make the dishes so flavorful and unique.
But on top of that, there is just this beautiful process, and care, that they put into their recipes.
And after hundreds of years of traditions passed down, you get this amazingly flavorful Mexican food that we have today.

I really do hope that these ideas for Mexican food helped you find new types of dishes to try.

I really do want you to get the best of Mexican cuisine!

And I know that you’re going to have a lot of fun trying these different meals, so please let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear all about it!

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