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Mexican food is known for its spice and flavours, but what many UK residents may not know is that many dishes including Nachos, Burritos and Fajitas are not traditional. As nice as they may be, they have been adapted by American culture. Traditional Mexican food takes the spice and ingredients back to their roots and uses simple but effective methods to create some truly special flavours. Many consider Mexican food to be primarily for dinner but this cuisine has some fantastic meals for both breakfast and dessert. Here are some of our favourites.
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Luxtripper Travel Editor

The Dips

Mexico is known for its dips with two of the most famous being Guacamole and Mole Negro. Guacamole has become very popular in the UK in recent years but it is traditionally from Mexico and accompanies many of their dishes. Traditional Guacamole is often a chunky avocado paste infused with chilli. Another fantastic sauce that is commonly seen in Mexican restaurants is Mole Negro. This particular sauce is made with chillies and chocolate which may sound like an unusual combination but goes perfectly with meat or fish dishes. Of course Salsa is very common in Mexico and is made fresh with authentic herbs and spices it is commonly served alongside guacamole for many Mexican dishes.

Breakfast

Breakfast is a fantastic experience in Mexico with some amazing twists that will make any morning one to remember. Huervos Rancheros is a must have for anyone visiting Mexico. Simple but delicious, Huervos Rancheros are corn tortillas with fried eggs and salsa. There are many additions including refried beans and avocado but no matter which style, this dish never fails to deliver.

Another breakfast dish is Chilaquiles which are quarters of corn tortilla that are lightly fried and complemented by red salsa or mole sauce. Chicken, cream and cheese can also be added for a larger meal.

Plato Principal! – Main Dishes

In Mexico lunch is considered the main meal of the day so expect a lot of tasty dishes. Pambazos are a local street food from Mexico City and are massive buns soaked in a zingy red pepper sauce. These are usually filled with tasty chorizo sausage and crispy salad which provide a delightfully rich mixture of flavours.

Sopes provide a slightly different take on the fajita and originate from central and southern Mexico. They are thicker than normal tortillas and can be eaten with a range of meat and vegetable toppings.

One of the most popular dishes has to be Tamales. These are a very traditional dish which can be dated back to the early Mayans and Aztecs. Tamales are a corn based dough which is filled with meats, cheeses vegetables or chillies and is steamed in a corn husk wrapper.

Chilli Relleno is another local speciality that is definitely worth a try. The dish is a based around a fresh Poblano pepper and is often stuffed with meats or cheese and coated in batter and fried. The type of pepper and filling may vary between restaurants but the dish remains a common option throughout the country.

Desserts

Despite the country’s love of savoury flavours there are also some fantastic desserts to be enjoyed. Marquesitas are a delightful dessert only found in Yucatan that consists of a rolled wafer that is stuffed with Edam cheese and caramel sauce.  These particular treats also have their own history as an ice cream vendor from Merida called Don Vincente Mena created them to sell to customers in the winter months, when his sales were down. Their success grew and they were named Marquesitas which means the little ladies, after the daughters of the wealthy marquis who lived in Merida who loved them.

Tres Leches is another famous dessert and is probably the most popular choice in Mexico. It translates to three milks as it incorporates three kinds of milk in a sauce that covers a simple vanilla sponge. It is a very light dessert which makes it ideal after a heavy meal.

With so much choice it is difficult to decide what to choose but a trip to Mexico is ideal for foodies who want to experience a range of new tastes and flavours. Of course there will also be opportunities to enjoy the classic burritos but we recommend these local dishes to add some real Mexican authenticity to the holiday. Of course washing it down with the local Tequila is a must!

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