Are you a newbie to the Mexican food scene? Are you unfamiliar with their dishes but are dying to try them out? Well, lucky you, because here we have a small list of the most popular Mexican dishes that you should definitely try on your next visit to a Mexican restaurant!
Tostadas are a simple but delicious dish involving corn tortillas fried in boiling oil until they become crunchy and golden. These are then served alone or piled high with any number of garnishes. Popular toppings include frijoles, cheese, cooked meat, seafood and ceviche.
Enchiladas have both corn and flour tortillas that are used and are filled with meat, cheese, seafood, beans, vegetables or all of the above. The stuffed tortillas are then covered in a chilli sauce making for a perfect Mexican breakfast.
Guacamole is made up of mashed up avocadoes, onions, tomatoes, lemon juice and chilli peppers. Some recipes even use tomatoes, lime juice, coriander, garlic and seasonings. Guacamole is a dip that is often eaten with tortilla chips or used as a side dish as well.
In Mexico, Central America, as well as in English, “tortilla” refers to a flatbread made from corn or wheat. Tortillas have been used for many centuries in Mexico, where they are consumed year round. Mexican tortillas are most commonly prepared with meat to make dishes such as tacos, burritos, and enchiladas, however, there are many alternate versions without meat.
A quesadilla is a flat circle of cooked corn masa, warmed, then folded in half and filled with oaxaca cheese, then cooked until the cheese has melted. Often the quesadilas are served with green or red sauce and chopped onion and acified cream on top. Potatoes with chorizo, pumpkin flowers, mushrooms, huitlacoche, chicharron, and cooked pork are also used as ingredients. In most places quesadillas are also topped with sour cream, avocado or guacamole, chopped onion and parsley.
A tamale or is a traditional Latin American dish made of masa, which is steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper. The wrapping is discarded before eating. Tamales can be further filled with meats, cheese, vegetables, chilies or any preparation according to taste, and both the filling and the cooking liquid may be seasoned.