What Are Some Traditional Mexican Foods?

Chicken quesadillas, burritos, tacos, chilli con carne and guacamole are some of the best-known Mexican foods worldwide. Other less popular traditional foods include mole, tlayudas, cochinita pibil and Colima chevice, a traditional fish-based dish from the Manzanillo region of Mexico. Pan de muerto is a traditional sweet bread usually eaten at the Día de los Muertos, an important Mexican holiday.

Mexican food is a combination of Native American and Spanish cuisine. Many of the most famous dishes, such as chilli con carne, tacos or mole, use hot chillies as one of the main ingredient and can go from mild to extremely hot. Mexicans are famous for using different types of salsas, usually dipping sauces, to accompany fish, meat or chicken. Many salsas, such as chipotle or salsa brava, are tomato-based. Guacamole is a thick dip that has avocados as main ingredient. Nachos are often served with a spicy-sweet mango salsa.

Antojitos are a popular type of street food available throughout Mexico. Examples of antojitos include gorditas, a type of bread stuffed with cheese, meat and vegetables, menudo soups and different types of quesadillas. Burritos are also popular both in Mexico and abroad. They are thin flour tortillas that are gently fried or steamed and stuffed with fillings such as meat, beans, cheese, salsa and guacamole.