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Típica cocina mexicana
Representation of a Mexican cuisine, in front you can find Mexican food and spices, while in the background there are typical utensils.
Pozole is a traditional soup or stew from Mexico

The Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire occurred in the 16th century. The basic staples since then remain native foods such as corn, beans, squash and chili peppers, but the Europeans introduced many other foods, the most important of which were meat from domesticated animals, dairy products (especially cheese) and various herbs and spices, although key spices in Mexican cuisine are also native to Mesoamerica such as a large variety of chili peppers.


Street food in Mexico, called antojitos is prepared by street vendors and at small traditional markets in Mexico. Most of them include corn as an ingredient.

Cheese dishes

See also: Cheeses of Mexico

Egg dishes

Meat dishes

Beef dishes

  • Albóndigas, Mexican meatballs.
  • Aporreadillo
  • Beef brain
  • Bistec
  • Carne asada, grilled beef
  • Carne guisada, stewed beef in spiced gravy
  • Carne a la tampiqueña, carne asada that is usually accompanied by a small portion of enchiladas (or chilaquiles), refried beans, fresh cheese, guacamole, and a vegetable (often rajas; grilled slices of Poblano peppers).
  • Cecina – In Mexico, most cecina is of two kinds: sheets of marinated beef, and a pork cut that is pounded thin and coated with chili pepper (this type is called cecina enchilada or carne enchilada).
  • Milanesas – Chicken, beef, and a pork breaded fried bisteces.

Goat dishes

Pork dishes

Poultry dishes

  • Pollo asado
  • Pollo Encacahuatado
  • Pollo Morelense
  • Pollo motuleño
  • Pollo picado
  • Pollo rostizado

Other meat and protein dishes

  • Ancas de Rana
  • Barbacoa
  • Birria – a spicy stew from the state of Jalisco traditionally made from goat meat or mutton
  • Chapulines – toasted grasshoppers seasoned with salt & lime
  • Escamol – the edible larvae and pupae of ants
  • Pastel azteca
  • Puntas
  • Queso de Puerco, head cheese prepared with vinegar, garlic, oregano and black pepper, among others. Wheels are often sold covered in paraffin wax. Non dairy.

Moles, sauces, dips and spreads

Rice dishes

  • Arroz a la tumbada (rice with seafood)
  • Arroz amarillo (yellow rice)
  • Arroz con camarones (rice with shrimp)
  • Arroz con huevo (rice with eggs)
  • Arroz con leche
  • Arroz con lima (rice with lemon)
  • Arroz con pollo (rice with chicken)
  • Arroz negro (black rice)
  • Arroz poblano
  • Arroz rojo (red rice, Mexican rice, or Spanish rice)
  • Arroz verde (green rice)
  • Morisqueta

Seafood dishes

Soups and stews

Vegetable dishes

Desserts and sweets

Bionico Close Up
Close up shot of a bionico with strawberries, banana, raisins, shredded coconut and granola

Mexico's candy and bakery sweets industry, centered in Michoacán and Mexico City, produces a wide array of products.

Homemade Flan
  • Flan
  • Fresas con crema
  • Gelatina
  • Glorias
  • Gorditas de azucar
  • Ice cream ("nieves" and "helados").
  • Jamoncillos
  • Jarritos (spicy tamarindo candy in a tiny pot), as well as a brand of soda
  • Macarrones de dulce de leche
  • Manjar blanco
  • Mazapán de Cacahuate
  • Nicuatole
  • Obleas
  • Paletas, popsicles (or ice lollies), the street popsicle vendor is a noted fixture of Mexico's urban landscape.
  • Palmier
  • Pan de Acambaro (Acambaro bread), named for its town of origin, Acambaro, Guanajuato. Very similar to Jewish Challah bread, which may have inspired its creation.
A piece of sugary pan de muerto



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Hot bowl of champurrado as served at a Mexican breakfast


Tequilas of various styles
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