What Animals Did the Aztecs Eat?

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The Aztecs ate a variety of different animals including turkeys, ducks, deer, rabbit, dogs and insects. The only domesticated animals the Aztecs raised were turkeys, ducks and dogs, and these animals provided only a small amount of meat to the Aztec diet.

Insects were a staple in the Aztec diet. Ants, grasshoppers, worms and other bugs were high in protein and because they could be harvested in large numbers, they made easy dining for the Aztecs. Archaeologists believe the Aztecs ate limited amounts of animal protein, instead preferring to eat plants, vegetables, fruits, algae and other foods. The Aztecs ate meat with other foods like corn tortillas and beans.