Mexican food is one of the most popular cuisines around the world, but few ever venture past their comfort zone to discover the endless authentic options available. Dig in to discover seven things you might not know about Mexican food and learn about some of our favorite dishes along the way.
1. Mexican food is packed with variety
Depending on where you live, you’re probably surrounded by taco trucks, burrito bars, or even torta restaurants. But those tasty treats are far from all that Mexican food has to offer.
And even the most basic menu at your favorite Mexican restaurant is likely to have delicious options you’ve never tried, such as tlayudas and pozole. You can also spice up your go-to order of, say, chicken tacos by mixing up the salsas and sauces. Moe's Southwest Grill has five types of salsa, ranging from mild tomatillo to the "scary hot" Carolina Reaper, so you can give your taste buds all types of tingles.
2. Mexican food is all about the regions
If you want to explore all the variety Mexican food has to offer, think regionally. Mexico is a large country and its food is regionally diverse because of a remarkably complex geography.
Northern Mexico is famous for its cheeses (try the asadero). The Pacific Coast gave us the gifts of pozole and menudo. Delicious carnitas come from the area around Guanajuato, while Oaxaca is the home of all the amazing varieties of mole. In Yucatan, you’ll find pibil, and the gulf offers pollo encacahuatado (chicken in peanuts). Meanwhile, you can thank central Mexico for barbacoa and tortas. And of course Tex-Mex and Cal-Mex have become cuisines in their own right.
3. Eating Mexican food can be healthier than you think
We’re not saying that you’ll lose weight by eating platters of steak burritos slathered with cheese (we wish!), but Mexican food is packed with ingredients that are great for you. Avocados are full of fiber and vitamins, beans paired with rice make a satisfying and complete protein, and salsa (pico de gallo) is just vegetables made delicious with spices. Go with a build-your-own bowl, salad, or taco order and load up on the good-for-you ingredients like veggies and lean proteins. And don't forget about healthy seafood options, such as Rubio's tacos with grilled fish, including wild mahi-mahi and salmon.
4. Mexican food can be vegetarian-friendly
You don’t have to give up your favorite cuisine just because you’ve chosen the vegetarian lifestyle. From stuffed poblano peppers and vegetable filled quesadillas to tortilla soup, Mexican food offers lots of vegetarian- and even vegan-friendly options.
Vegetarian eating isn’t always top of mind at Mexican restaurants, though, so do read the menu and ask to make sure chicken stock isn’t an ingredient in anything (especially soups and rice). One of the many great things about Mexican dishes is that they are often customizable, like Qdoba’s vegetarian taco salad, which comes with your choice of rice, beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, shredded lettuce, pickled jalapenos and more.
5. Mexican food is the best breakfast ever
So maybe you're eating tacos for your office desk lunch and ordering in enchiladas for dinner, but until you work tacos and burritos into your breakfast routine, you're not taking full advantage of the Mexican food spectrum. A plate of eggs with protein-packed beans and rice will keep you going well into the afternoon.
6. Goat is delicious—tongue is too!
If you're a meat eater, do yourself a favor and think beyond chicken, steak, and pork when ordering Mexican food. Consider yourself in luck if you can find a restaurant that serves cabrito (Spanish for roasted baby goat). Try cabrito en salsa (in sauce), cabrito en birra (stewed), or cabrito al horno (fresh from the oven), or seek out Mexican specials such such as tacos with lengua or machito.
7. The desserts are to-die-for
“Postre” is the word you want to remember if dessert is your favorite course. Look for sweet treats like flan (for the caramel lover), churros (think long doughnuts), and galletas (cookies) on your local menu to finish your meal off right. Oh, and if you see tres leches cake on the menu, make sure you order it. This incredibly moist cake is soaked in three kinds of milk, hence the name tres leches, or three milks in Spanish.
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