Mexico is known to tourists for its lively atmosphere and the great hospitality of the people who live there. Brilliant colors can be seen on the outside of buildings and on the streets. Music can be heard during festivals. The country also has some of the world’s most reputed beaches. However, one of the best things about Mexico is the food! While all-inclusive resorts in Riviera Maya and elsewhere in Mexico often serve a wide variety of local and international dishes, depending on the region you chose to visit there are several other traditional foods that you should try. The most popular and emblematic of these is of course the taco – you will find numerous variations of this dish, some including unusual ingredients such as Mexican sausage or spicy shrimp.
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The best way to eat in Mexico if you are on a budget is to visit food trucks. Most food trucks serve items like tacos, burritos, nachos and tostadas. You can normally get almost any topping on your food that you like, but some of the trucks do have limited ingredients to offer compared to the restaurants. The torta is the Mexican version of a sandwich. Unlike the American sandwich you would get in a restaurant, these are topped with roast pork legs, turkey, sour cream and other ingredients that are high in calories but very delicious. Flautas are also commonly found on food trucks. These are corn tortillas that have been rolled and fried. They are filled with meats, cheeses and beans. You can eat them plain, but they are best when dipped or covered in sauce.(Image by Flautas guacamole tortillas)
If you are looking for a comfort food while in Mexico, then try pozole. This is a one-dish meal that has a base of a meat broth. There are chilies, hominy and pork in the dish. Sides that are usually served with the meal include radishes, tostadas, and avocado. These ingredients are best when put into the broth. Most of the food served involves the use of spices and brilliant colors, such as orange and green. Peppers are used in several dishes, and it is not uncommon to find an abundance of vegetables in dishes when you go to a restaurant.
Another typically Mexican dish is the tamale, which is a mixture of corn and meat wrapped in corn husks. There are as many types of tamales as there are “Tamales Oaxacenos”, i.e. street vendors who sell them on the streets, straight out of a large pot strapped to their bikes.(Image by Churro and chocolate milk)
After a delicious meal, try a churro covered in chocolate from a churreria. Churros are typically served from food carts and small street-corner stands. While they can be found across Spain and South America, the Mexican version of this classic Iberian fried dough dessert is usually rolled in sugar and cinnamon. It can be dipped in chocolate milk or in onethe numerous kinds of coffee that are also served.
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