18 Most Popular Mexican Foods

18 of the most popular Mexican Foods & Recipes – Spicy, full of flavor and colorful – these words define the land of Mexico, its people and of course its foods. Here is a list of the most popular Mexican foods with a link to recipes for your next meal to break the monotony of the same old everyday meals.

Popular Mexican Food List

pupular Mexican foods

Carne Adobada

Meat or chicken covered or marinated with a spicy Mexican adobo paste or sauce. Adobo is a Mexican marinade, sauce or seasoning.
Popular Mexican Foods - Chilaquiles


Chilaquiles are toasted tortillas covered in green or red salsa, shredded chicken, and a little crema (similar to sour cream). Chilaquiles Recipes

popular Mexican foods gorditas


A gordita is a is a small cake made with corn flour and stuffed with cheese, meat or other fillings. Gordita means “little fat one” in Spanish.


Truly authentic Mexican tacos use the soft corn tortillas often made of corn and are stuffed with either meat, chicken or seafood fillings with a pic of spicy salsas.

populare Mexican foods tortilla recipes


Made of wheat flour or maize (corn flour), these traditional flat savory pancakes formed the staple food of Mexican people for centuries. They are served with almost all dishes are often served instead of bread.

frijoles popular Mexican foods


Spanish for beans, used both as main ingredients and as garnishes to other dishes, beans can be boiled or fried.

Guacamole popular Mexican Foods


An avocado garnish or dip made with mashed avocado, onion, coriander and chilies.

Enchiladas Popular Mexican Food


Made with tortillas, enchiladas are basically folded or rolled tortillas stuffed with chicken, pork or vegetables and then baked.
Elote popular Mexican Foods


Elote or Esquites are a delicious snack that you can buy on the street. It’s a piping hot cup of corn (maiz).

Quesadillas popular Mexican food


A Mexican quesadilla is a corn or wheat tortilla filled with cheese and then grilled. Other items, such as a savoury mixture of spices or vegetables, are often added then they are cooked on a griddle.

Salsa popular Mexican foods


Salsa is Spanish for sauce, this is a salsa made generally with tomatoes, onion, chili and cilantro. Click here for Mexican salsa recipes.

ceviche popular Mexican food


Raw fish, squid or shrimp marinated in lime juice then mixed with cilantro, onion and tomato.

Chiles Rellenos popular Mexican foods

Chiles Rellenos

Large Poblano chilies stuffed with Mexican cheese or spicy meat (picadillo). The chilies are mild, but the sauce is often not.

red snapper pupular Mexican foods


Red Snapper, a common feature on the menus at coastal resorts. Often available ‘al gusto’, cooked in a choice of methods.
Mole popular Mexican food


A wonderful rich sauce made with a combination of chocolate, chilies and many spices. It can be red, brown or green depending on the ingredients. 

Pipían Sauce popular Mexican food

Pipian Sauce

Mexican pipían sauce is green and made from pumpkin seeds. It is most often served over chicken or burritos.
Pollo Pibil popular Mexican foods

Polla Pibil

A Yucatecan specialty, traditionally consists of chicken marinated in orange and spices then barbecued in banana leaves.
Tamales popular Mexican food


Cornmeal paste wrapped in corn or banana husks and often stuffed with chicken, pork or turkey and/or vegetables, then steamed.
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