Eating in Mexico
Discover the best traveler-friendly Mexican dishes with this advice and enjoy each bite with your all senses!

Mexican Food Guide

Trying your destination’s traditional cuisine must be listed first in your travel to-do list. However, depending on the dishes, you might find that some recipes can be too heavy or spicy compared to what you’re accustomed. So today, in order to spare you what Mexicans call “the vengeance of Moctezuma”, meaning when foreigners get indigestion after eating too heavily, DINKtravelers offers you this guide to mouthwatering Mexican food that guarantees to be traveler friendly and spice controlled.

Cemitas from Puebla

First, try cemitas! Their name refers to the type of bread that is used in their preparation and they look similar to a hamburger. Among the main fillings you can choose between chicken breast, pork loin, sausage, ham or our favorite: milanesa –breaded and flattened chicken breast or beef cutlet. Then, typical toppings include avocado, Oaxaca cheese –a fresh cheese with a subtle creamy taste– and, only if you like, chipotle or jalapeño chili. The harmonious combination of these ingredients will make you fall in love with the Mexican philosophy of “the more ingredients, the better”. Once your cemita is served, grab it with your hands, open your mouth widely…and we mean widely…and take a bite!

Eating Mole in Mexico

If you like spicy chocolatey flavors try mole (the word mole means mix). It’s a sauce that is traditionally made with more than 200 ingredients! As you can easily imagine, its taste is rich and profound, and despite counting chili among its ingredients, some versions are not spicy. For example, black mole is quite sweet, red mole is hotter, and green mole is heavier but not spicy. Pour it on Mexican rice –tomato-based rice with mixed vegetables– or serve it on chicken pieces or pork. Also, enjoy it with corn tortillas. In Mexico, usually, tortillas are served free of charge.

Pre Hispanic Dishes: Pozole

If you prefer a comforting soup/stew, choose pozole. In Mexico, there are lots of hearty soups like avocado soup –served cold and quite creamy– and tortilla soup –tomato-based soup with fried and crunchy pork skin called chicharron, fresh cream and avocado. Similarly, pozole is quite satisfying so if you order it consider it as your main dish. Pozole is made with shredded pork meat or chicken (there are also vegetarian versions), and corn kernels. On the other hand, the broth can be green or red, depending on the variety of chili used to prepare it, or even white if it doesn’t have any chili. The fun part is when the dish is served and you top it with chopped lettuce and onion, sliced radish, cubed avocado and ground oregano. Our suggestion is to also add a touch of lime to your pozole –it’s called limón (lemon) in Mexico– and to start eating before it gets cold!

The best advice we can give you when it comes to Mexican food is: enjoy it with your all senses!

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  • Try Something Delish

    Make the most of your visit to Campeche by trying the region’s typical dishes including dogfish bread, chicken with peanut sauce and black beans with pork meat.

  • Enjoy Good Eats

    Remember that chili pepper is frequently used in Mexican cuisine, so before you order a dish, ask your waiter whether or not it’s spicy.

  • Enjoy Good Eats

    Try a freshly made corn tortilla filled with avocado, a pinch of salt and a few drops of hot sauce.

  • Beware of Cultural Perspectives!

    When a Mexican says that something is “a little bit spicy” consider that it’s three times as spicy as he says.

  • Try Something Delish

    When you travel to Tecozautla ask where they sell aniseed bread, a local specialty.

  • Eat Without Worries

    There’s Mexican food that’s prepared without chili, so don’t worry if you’re not used to spicy dishes and you’re traveling to this country.

  • Forget About Your Diet

    You mustn’t forget that many Mexican dishes have a high colorie content, so prepare to gain some weight during your trip.

  • Eat Well and Save

    Look for local markets where you can try authentic Mexican food and save.

  • Try Typical Dishes

    Try the typical dishes at each Mexican state. You’ll be fascinated by the diverse flavors and varieties of récipes you’ll find in this country.

  • Dining in Palenque

    When you dine at the restaurants located on the way to Palenque, try the local specialty: Chaya soup, a fine example of the Mayan culinary inheritance.

  • Gorditas

    Corn patties, known as gorditas, filled with different stews are the typical dish in the area close to Peña de Bernal.

  • Spicy but Safe

    Even though habanero chili is very spicy, it’s not hard on your stomach.

  • Cold Souces

    Pico de gallo is a cold “sauce” or topping prepared with diced tomato, onion and Green chili. It’s not very spicy.

  • Sweet and Spicy

    Not everything in Mexican cuisine is spicy.

  • Typical Mexican Dishes

    In each Mexican state you’ll find different and unique typical dishes.

  • Prehispanic Vegans

    Most Prehispanic original recipes are vegetarian.

  • Prehispanic Origins

    Mexican food has a Prehispanic origin, so corn is its main component.

  • True Mexicans

    Chili pepper is a staple product in Mexican gastronomy. They say that a Mexican who doesn’t each chili is not a Mexican.

  • The Perfect Companion

    Corn tortillas are the perfect pair for all Mexican dishes.

  • Mexican Products

    Mexico introduced chocolate, chili and corn to Europe.

  • Giant Tamales

    There’s a Mexican tamal (dish) called zacahuil which weighs approximately 70 kilos. It’s prepared with chicken or pork, ancho, guajillo and morita chili, and it’s wrapped in banana leaves.