Travelling overseas, we always enjoy the opportunity to eat like locals, and that includes sampling some of the everyday foods that workers, families and kids enjoy. In Mexico, one of the best ways to sample a wide variety of Mexican foods and flavours is to get amongst the street food scene. There are endless street food options across Mexico, with many regional variations. Here we have listed just five Mexican street foods you need to try, but there are many more!
Five Mexican Street Foods you need to try
Tamales are one of the most popular street foods, especially for breakfast. The tamal — a dough made from corn masa – is moulded around a sweet or savoury filling – before it is wrapped in a corn husk and steamed. Sometimes they are then deep fried. Almost every state in Mexico has its own version depending on the local ingredients and traditions.
Sold usually only at night from street food stands, Elotes are cobs of corn skewered on a stick and grilled. But wait …then they are smothered in mayonnaise, Mexican cheese, and chili for a delicious handheld snack. Yum!
Churros are a classic late-night snack served from street food stands. They are deep fried fritters sprinkled with sugar and served with classic chocolate sauce or other flavoured sauces like dulce de leche, chocolate or strawberry.
Tortas are a bit like an Australian bread roll. They have their origins in the 19th century when the French introduced a number of new kinds of bread to Mexico. A bread roll – sometimes flat shaped other times round shaped depending on the region – is split in half and stuffed with various fillings. When the torta is served as a hot sandwich, it is typically filled with beans, cream (mayonnaise is rare) and some kind of chilli.
Tacos are basically a filled tortilla – most often a corn tortilla in Mexico. The fillings can include stewed, barbequed or roasted meat, grilled seafood or fish. Other ingredients served with tacos include beans, cheese, rice, cactus and spring onions. Street food stands will also offer fresh salsas and possibly onions, chillies and lime wedges.