One of the biggest cities in the world, Mexico City is a haven for hungry travellers. Throw away the Old El Paso box and get ready for big, bold flavours! You don’t even have to visit a restaurant for a tasty feed with many street vendors dishing out sumptuous eats around the clock. From corn on the cob to steamed tamales, this is the place for authentic Mexican fare.
It may sound exotic but elote is actually just corn on the cob. However, this is not your usual corn. Elote is traditionally boiled before it is coated in a deliciously rich, creamy and spicy sauce. Common ingredients include salt, chilli powder, lime, butter, cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream. Elote can be found on nearly every street corner in Mexico and is commonly served either on a stick or in a cup.
A hearty soup or stew, pozole is a popular dish in Mexico often served at celebrations or major events. Nowadays there are many different variations of the dish but the common ingredient is hominy, made from dried maize kernels. Pozole is usually made with pork, broth, garlic, onion, chilli and seasoned with various spices. A long and slow cooking method is applied to ensure the meat is soft and tender.
Chilaquiles are a traditional Mexican dish served for breakfast or brunch. Lightly fried corn tortillas form the base of the dish, and are topped with green or red salsa. Additional add-ons may include fried eggs or shredded chicken, followed by a generous serving of cheese and sour cream. Your chilaquiles could also come with sliced avocado or refried beans. However you have it, you are sure to enjoy this hearty breakfast.
Another tempting dish to try in Mexico is tamale. This traditional treat features corn dough that has a sweet or savoury filling before being steamed in a banana leaf or a corn husk. Often the filling is made from spiced meat such as pork or filled with beans and cheese or even dulce de leche for a sweet variation. Just remember not to eat the banana leaf – simply unwrap the tamale and devour what’s inside.
If you are looking for something sweet to pair with your Mexican feast, enjoy a steaming mug of atole. This warm non-alcoholic drink is made from hot corn and masa, then flavoured with sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Variations include the addition of chocolate or fruits. Atole is very popular during the Christmas holiday season but can usually be found around town from a street vendor.
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