Eating and drinking in Mexico
Eating in Mexico
Mexican cuisine is famous for its intense and varied flavors, colorful decoration, and variety of spices; traditional Mexican food is delicious, but frequently can be very spicy; if you do not like peppers always ask before if your food include it. (¿Esto tiene chile?).
There are several food carts on the streets of Mexican cities and towns; try to be careful when you eat from these carts, as hygienic preparation practices are not always suitable. If you do that, you may (or may not) find some of the most inimitable and authentically Mexican dishes you have ever tasted. From these vendors, you may get tacos, burgers, bread and almost any kind of food and service you would imagine.
Mexico is the largest exporter of avocados. This production generates around $800 million dollars per year and 85% of the Mexican avocados are harvested in Michoacán. Rich, creamy and flavorful, avocados are a versatile fruit that add heft and health to many dishes. Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid. Check in the next link if you want know more about avocado nutrition facts. You can find detailed avocado nutrition information listed in this section including all of the vitamins and minerals found in avocado.
One of the most important nutrients in avocados is its large amount of fiber. This food high in fiber
provides many benefits, such as helping to support your digestive system, maintain immunity, and promote overall well-being.
Some of the most popular dishes are:
- Enchiladas - Usually made with a corn (maiz) tortilla dipped briefly in hot lard or oil to soften then dipped in the chosen enchilada sauce. it may have melted cheese.
- Tacos - is a traditional Mexican dish composed of a rolled, folded, pliable maize tortilla filled with an edible substance.
- Tamales - steam cooked cornmeal dough with or without a filling. Tamales can be filled with meats, cheese (post-colonial), and sliced chillis or any preparation according to taste and zone.
- Tortas - traditional Mexican sandwich, the bread is fried slightly; meat fillings are same as tacos, jalapeños, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, mayonnaise and avocado.
- Quesadillas - it is made of queso or cheese in English, and other ingredients grilled in the mid of a tortilla.
- Mole - Frequently you can find it as shredded chicken in mole or “Pollo en mole”; mild to medium spice sauce with hint of peanut over meat.
- Pozole - is a Mexican stew of chicken or pork made with a spicy broth and hominy, served with oregano, lettuce, lemon juice, radish, chopped onion, dried ground chile and other ingredients, usually served with a side dish of tostadas, fried potato and fresh cheese tacos. Guacamole - is a delicious appetizer or made by mashing the avocado sauce with green serrano chile, chopped red tomato and onion, lemon juice and fried tortilla slices "totopos".
- Tostadas - fried flat tortilla topped with fried beans, lettuce, cream, fresh cheese, sliced red tomato and onion, hot sauce, and chicken or other main ingredient.
- Chicharron - Deep fried pork skin, it is quite crispy and if well-prepared a little oily; try it.
Drinking in Mexico
In Mexico, tap water is in general not advisable for consumption; in addition, you should drink water bottled, readily available in several supermarkets, tourist places and certainly in your hotel.
On the other hand, Mexico has a lot of traditional beverages, some of them famed around the world, for example the tequila; in various places you will try beer served as a prepared beverage named "michelada", the formula changes depending on the place, but it is frequently beer melded with lime juice.
Some of the most popular beverages are:
- Tequila - Tequila is Mexico's official drink, it is made from the blue agave (also identified as Agave tequilana azul, Weber's blue agave, and also named Maguey by the local people), part of the lily and amaryllis families, which is native to Mexico.
- Pulque - it is a milk-white, lightly frothy and glutinous beverage made by fermenting (not distilling) the fresh sap of certain types of Maguey.
- Mezcal - Very Popular in the Mexican State of Oaxaca, it is made from maguey plants and refers to all agave-based distilled liquors that are not tequila.
- Tepache - made out of pineapple cortex, some piloncillo or brown sugar and sometimes beer.
- The Margarita - it is the most popular of tequila-based cocktails, made with Triple Sec or other orange-flavored liqueurs, and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt on the glass rim.
To drink alcoholic beverages without problems you need to be 18 years old or more, but not strictly obligatory; in several places, drinking alcohol in public ("open container") is not permitted and frequently punished by a day in jail; also, you have to be careful if you want to drive in Mexico just because there are several “Driving Alcoholmeters” and if you drive under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, you will get 1 to 3 days of jail.