Though Mexican cuisine varies from region to region, the basic staples are the same as they were centuries ago when the Aztecs cultivated vast gardens of edible plants. Corn has been the most important food in Mexico since the Mayans began growing it thousands of years ago. Beans have been a daily food source for Mexicans for nearly as long. In the north, pinto beans are the most popular variety, while people in the south prefer black beans. Almost every traditional Mexican dish has a generous portion of chiles. These range from mild, sweet varieties to blazing hot taste bombs guaranteed to turn your mouth into an inferno.
Along with other culinary staples like meat, chicken, fish, cheese, tomatoes, and avocados, these three foods constitute the core of Mexican cuisine. Below are some of the best foods to eat in Mexico while staying at one of their luxury vacation villas!
Nothing starts your day out better than a delicious plate of huevos rancheros. The ubiquitous corn tortilla provides the base. Atop this rests a fried or scrambled egg. Pour about half a cup of salsa over the egg, then sprinkle some shredded cheese and a few slices of avocado. The salsa will wake you up better than a cup of coffee, as the mix of flavors will give your taste buds a treat, and the hearty ingredients provide enough energy to keep you going for hours.
Anything rolled up into a tortilla or two constitutes a taco. Each region has its own idea of what should be put inside besides the basic salsa, guacamole, tomatoes, onions, and lettuce. Some of the best tacos are made at street-side stalls with sizzling meat carved off the spit. On the coasts, tacos made with shrimp or fish are popular. You can travel all over Mexico just eating tacos, and never eat the same type twice.
Tamales start with corn batter. You put in a filling, wrap them up in cornhusks or banana leaves, and cook them. Usually tamales are steamed, but sometimes they are baked or grilled. Often, they are filled with pork and cheese, but in some areas you might find them stuffed with fish, chicken, or beans. Supplementary ingredients include rice, peanuts, pumpkin, and pineapple. The size of tamales also varies by region, from enormous family-sized feasts to delicate bits of finger-food just a few inches long. When you open a tamale, and the aroma of the ingredients bursts into the air, you know you are in for a singular culinary experience.
Chilaquiles can be found at street-side stalls or fresh-air markets. Chilaquiles are tortilla chips are topped with red or green salsa and broiled or grilled with cheese on top. The dish is served with raw onions, sour cream, and sometimes chicken or meat strips or a fried egg on top. One of the thrills of eating this culinary delight out in the fresh air is watching the cook put it all together with fresh ingredients. Chilaquiles make a great Mexican-style breakfast or late night snack.
Forget about the Mexican food you find at fast food joints or even fancy pseudo-Mexican restaurants in the States. To sample the real deal, take a trip south and dine in Mexico itself. Eating authentic Mexican food cooked with local ingredients is a unique and unforgettable culinary experience.
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