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Our 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.

Most Popular Mexican Foods & Dishes

Carne Adobada

Carne Adobada

Meat or chicken covered or marinated with a spicy Mexican adobo paste or sauce. Adobo is a Mexican marinade, sauce or seasoning.  Carne Adobada

Mexican 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.

Authentic Tacos


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.

Authentic Mexican Guacamole


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

Mole Sauce from Mexico

Mole Sauce

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. The moles of Puebla and Oaxaca are particularly famous, hence ‘mole poblano’ or ‘mole oaxaqeño’.

Mexican Tamales Foods From Mexico


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

Mexican Quesadillas


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.

Authentic Mexican Chiles Rellenos

Chiles Rellenos

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

Pipían Sauce - Mexican Dishes

Pipían Sauce

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

Mexican Tostadas


Thin and crisp tortillas served loaded with guacamole, sour cream, chilies, chicken, beans, etc.



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



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

Mexican Ceviche


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

Esquites or Elotes

Esquites or Elotes

Esquites are a delicious snack that you can buy on the street. It’s a piping hot cup of maiz (a lot like corn, but chewier here) and they add epazote spice, mayonaise, lots of lime, and chile. Eating it with a spoon while walking through a scenic plaza at night is heavenly.



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.

Mexican Enchiladas


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


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

Huachinango Recipes from Mexico


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

Mexican Pollo Pibil - Mexican Dishes

Pollo Pibil

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

List of Mexican Food Names Alphabetically 

– A –

  • Acitrón
  • Achiote
  • Achiote Paste
  • Adobo
  • Adobo Chicken
  • Aguacate
  • aguamiel
  • anona
  • Albondigas
  • Ancho
  • arrachera
  • Asado
  • Asadero
  • Atole


– B –

  • Barbacoa
  • Bizcochos
  • Burrito

– C –

  • Cabrito
  • Calamar
  • Caldo
  • Campechano
  • Capirotada
  • Carne asada
  • Carne adobada
  • Carne Guisada
  • Carne Molida
  • Ceviche
  • Chilaquiles
  • Chimichanga
  • Chalupas
  • Champurrado
  • Chicharrónes
  • Chilatole
  • Churros
  • Chorizo
  • Cotija

– L –

  • Leche de Enco
  • Leche Quemada

– M –

  • Maíz
  • Mamey Sapote
  • Manioc
  • Maracuya

– N –

  • Nogada
  • Nopal

– P –

  • Panela
  • Pargo
  • Pica de Gallo
  • Plantain
  • Pollo
  • Postre
  • Puerco
  • Pulpo

– E –

– F –

– G –

– H –

  • Habanero

– J –

  • Jalapeño
  • Jicama

– Q –

– R –

  • Rajas
  • Recado Rojo

– S –

  • Salsa
  • Sofrito
  • Sopa Seca

– T –

  • Tacos
  • Tacos al Pastor
  • Tamales
  • Taquitos
  • Tlacoyos
  • tomatillo
  • Torta
  • Tortilla
  • Tripas

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– Y –


– Z –