5 Best street foods in Mexico
Listed on the Forbes rankings for best street food, Mexico is like being in street food heaven for those who love to try something new and preferably spicy. With over half the Mexican population eating street food at least once a week, this isn’t just a traveler oriented market. The locals here love their street food as much as the next person, so where better to come for this tasty cuisine than the Yucatan peninsula.
Here’s our top 5 best street foods in Mexico.
Top of the list has to be the quintessential Mexican Street food; the humble taco! Made with corn tortillas (usually handmade), they’re then topped off with tender meats and salsas of your choice. there’s usually a tasty spicy option or stick with smooth guac. Cilantro and diced onion are essential extras.
Tortas are a staple of Mexican street food and are basically a giant sandwich, served in fresh bread and stuffed with meats, cheeses, salad and sauces. You can pretty much get whatever you want in your torta, although it’s typically a pork sandwich literally doused in spicy tomato sauce and topped with fresh onion and cilantro. Then there’s the torta cubana, which includes almost every meat under the sun and isn’t one for the faint hearted.
Tamales are popular throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and the US, but the Mexican version is undeniably one of the best. Stodgy, steamed corn dough wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves and stuffed with all manner of delights – from cheese to chicken mole to pineapple. This is Mexican street food at its finest – and you don’t even need a plate.
You have probably eaten some type of quesadilla at some point. In their purest form, they’re either a corn or flour tortilla folded over with cheese in the middle and other additional fillings; chicken, huitlacoche (corn smut), and flor de calabaza (squash blossom) prove particularly popular.
Crispy, salted tortillas are a firm street food favourite, especially when topped with fresh fish or ceviche with sliced avocado and salad. Markets across the country can be found selling these light snacks that are decidedly more refreshing than the often meat heavy dishes that tend to dominate the street food scene in Mexico.