Eat like a Mexicano!

Eat like a Mexicano!

Tips to eat like a local when you travel to Mexico City!

Mexico breakfast burrito

Eat at the correct time

Early breakfast is called desayuno and a typical Mexican breakfast includes Chilaquiles. It is a traditional local dish with fried tortillas, scrambled eggs, green or red salsa, pulled chicken, cheese, cream and beans. Brunch (almuerzo) time is between 10 to 11 am, lunch (comida) time around 3 pm and dinner (cena) around 9 pm. If you eat with the locals, remember to start your meal with a “provecho”, which means “enjoy”!

Try Street food

There are numerous street food stalls scattered throughout the city. You can buy snacks, nuts, dried fruits, crisps and local sweets at any time of the day. Try tamales wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves and filled with pork, chicken, sausage or red or green salsa. There are also sweet tamales filled with dried fruits. Combine them with a hot chocolate drink “atole”. Tacos is another must try during your trip to Mexico City. It is a traditional tortilla made of corn or wheat and different fillings such as beef, chicken, cheese, vegetables, even seafood. You can eat it with your hands and dip in the side garnish! Tostilocos or Dorilocos is a popular street food consist of tortilla chips, pickled pig skin, Japanese peanuts, jicama, cucumber, lime juice, chamoy and red hot sauce. As for Elote, it is grilled or boiled corn with mayonnaise, sour cream, chili powder, cilantro, garlic and cheese. Delicious!

Start your dinner with an enchilada

The popular Mexican starter dates back to the time of Mayans, when people used to eat corn tortillas with fish. Today there are many different recipes for meat eaters or vegetarians, involving meat, seafood, cheese, vegetables, potatoes, beans and sauces. The most common one is with chicken, onions, beans, cream, cheese and red enchilada sauce.

Try authentic Mexican dishes

 Mexico pozole corn stewQuesadillas, burritos, pozole… If this is your first time travelling to Mexico City, you have to try these traditional recipes. Quesadillas are corn tortillas filled with Oaxaca cheese and served with green or red salsa, chopped onion, sour cream and guacamole. Other fillings include potatoes with chorizo, pumpkin flowers, mushrooms, cooked meat and chilies. On the other hand, burritos are wheat flour tortilla wraps served with salsa, lettuce, cheese and onions. Burritos are grilled or steamed and contain meat and refried beans. If you like soups, try the pozole. This old traditional soup or stew, predates the arrival of the Spanish and is served as a celebratory dish. Its main ingredients are corn porridge, pork or chicken, cabbage, lettuce, radishes, onions, garlic, lime, avocado, oregano and chili peppers.

Don’t forget the sauces!

One thing that you shouldn’t miss when you travel to Mexico City, is to try the Mexican sauces. From red and green salsas to homemade enchilada sauce, no recipe is Mexican enough if not spiced up with authentic local sauces. There are many salsas for every recipe including pico de gallo, mole poblano, salsa verde and guacamole! The last one is one of the most popular avocado-based dip, appetizer or salad. It was invented by the Aztecs and contains mashed avocados, onions, lime juice, sea salt, tomatoes, garlic and fresh cilantro. The perfect side dish for every Mexican recipe!

*Searching for restaurants during your tours around the colonias of Mexico City, may lead you to tourist traps. Better do an online research and note all the restaurants that seem to suit your taste and budget. As soon as you book your cheap flights to Mexico City, make reservations online and take advantage of the special offers!