Mexican Food Names
Mexican food names list: There’s much more to authentic Mexican food than enchiladas, tacos, and guacamole, just take look at the differences in recipes from around Mexico and you will find regional dishes far beyond the not so Mexican Tex-Mex that we are familiar with. Here we have collected many authentic Mexican food names and recipes.
Looking back to see how today’s Mexican foods came to be you find a long and diverse history. Everyday Authentic Mexican food have elements of the Mayan and Aztec natives that formed the Mexican people long ago. They were traditionally nomadic hunters and gatherers. Corn tortillas with bean paste were a common food item; but they also ate wild game, tropic fruits, and fish.
Popular Mexican Food List
Carne AdobadaMeat or chicken covered or marinated with a spicy Mexican adobo paste or sauce. Adobo is a Mexican marinade, sauce or seasoning.
Chilaquiles are toasted tortillas covered in green or red salsa, shredded chicken, and a little crema (similar to sour cream). Chilaquiles Recipes
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.
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.
Spanish for beans, used both as main ingredients and as garnishes to other dishes, beans can be boiled or fried.
An avocado garnish or dip made with mashed avocado, onion, coriander and chilies.
EnchiladasMade with tortillas, enchiladas are basically folded or rolled tortillas stuffed with chicken, pork or vegetables and then baked.
Elote or Esquites are a delicious snack that you can buy on the street. It’s a piping hot cup of corn (maiz).
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 is Spanish for sauce, this is a salsa made generally with tomatoes, onion, chili and cilantro. Click here for Mexican salsa recipes.
Raw fish, squid or shrimp marinated in lime juice then mixed with cilantro, onion and tomato.
Large Poblano chilies stuffed with Mexican cheese or spicy meat (picadillo). The chilies are mild, but the sauce is often not.
HuachinangoRed Snapper, a common feature on the menus at coastal resorts. Often available ‘al gusto’, cooked in a choice of methods.
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.
Pipian SauceMexican pipían sauce is green and made from pumpkin seeds. It is most often served over chicken or burritos.
Polla PibilA Yucatecan specialty, traditionally consists of chicken marinated in orange and spices then barbecued in banana leaves.
TamalesCornmeal paste wrapped in corn or banana husks and often stuffed with chicken, pork or turkey and/or vegetables, then steamed.
Mexican Food List
Here is a Mexican Food List to help you find the right recipes or the name you forgot.
A little more about Mexican food: In the mid 1300’s, with the rise of the Aztec Empire came the introduction of new foods and names like chili peppers, honey, salt and chocolate. They also began to domesticate turkey and duck around this time.
In the 1500’s when Spain invaded Mexico, Spanish foods and their european names started to mix with the local Mexican cuisine. They also introduced new livestock, such as pigs, sheep and cows. They also introduced dairy products, garlic and different herbs, wheat and spices. The Spaniards also brought other foods from the Caribbean, South American, French, West African and Portuguese. Today’s Mexican food is a fusion of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking with European and vary from region to region.
Below you will find a full list of Mexican food names, many with links to recipes. If we are missing any please let us know wo we can update.
- Achiote Paste
- Adobo Chicken
- Leche de Enco
- Leche Quemada
- Mamey Sapote
- Pica de Gallo
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